The Maldives is the top destination for Indian international tourists (Image source: Ministry of Tourism /@MoTmv)

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Domestic travel remains number one for India, MalaysiaIndonesia and the Philippines, while Singapore-based travelers are keen to explore the newly opened borders, with neighboring Malaysia the top Eid destination, according to the travel booking site. agoda.

According to booking data from digital travel platform Agoda, international Indian travelers prefer destinations with warmer climates, with the Maldives topped the list of favorite international destinations followed by Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. When it comes to APAC, Thailand and Singapore are the most popular regional destinations for party travellers, with Thailand leading the pack by making it into the top five destinations for all countries. This is followed by Singapore, which ranked in the top five for Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Indonesia and Malaysia are tied as Eid favorites for two countries respectively.

On the international front, Malaysians, Indonesians and Filipinos are flocking to cooler weather, with the UK and US emerging as a top destination, the Agoda report adds.

Another comparison between booking data over the holiday season in 2019 and 2022 showed a change in the top ten destination choices for each country. Japan was among the top destination picks in 2019 for most markets. However, this year Japan slipped out of the top 10 list as the country still remains closed to tourists. Other 2019 favorites such as China and Hong Kong are also not in the top 10 this year with the closure of borders. This indicates that countries that quickly eased restrictions and opened their doors stand to gain from international tourist arrivals during this period.

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Meanwhile, this year’s top destinations also indicate travelers are choosing to travel further afield, with unassuming countries like France, Turkey, Germany and the United Arab Emirates emerging as top destination picks. Switzerland, famous for its rich milk chocolate and fascinating alpine landscapes, made it into the top 10 list for all markets.