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Indian tourists shedding ‘price-sensitive’ image

The average Indian has been shedding that price-sensitive tag when traveling abroad, it seems. Indian tourists featured in the global top 10 list of nationalities who spend the most on hotel rooms abroad. With an average spend of $141.45 per night, including taxes, when on an international trip, Indian travellers stood 10th in the list, which was led by travellers from Argentina. The Argentinians spent an average of $158.16/night followed by US tourists who spent $156.26/night. The third rank went to the Swiss, whose average hotel room spend per night was $154.87, said a report released by Hotels.com.

But when it came to spending on hotel rooms within their own countries, the Swiss topped the list with an average spend of $182.85/night, followed by travellers from Singapore, who spent an average of $140.65/night, and those from Norway, who paid $136.20 a night domestically. If one were to look at best value accommodation when it came to spending on hotel rooms domestically, Indian travellers ranked fourth with an average payment of $80.87 a night.

Topping the list of nationalities who paid the least when travelling domestic were people from Malaysia, who paid an average of $55.14/night. In the second spot were the Thai, who spent an average of $68.10/night, while those from Russia came third at $76.59.