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Monday, 04 December, 2017, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

Culinary tourism to be a fad in 2018: TripAdvisor Survey

According to a report in The Financial Express, Indians seems to have caught on to the trend of combining travel with edible experiences, termed as culinary tourism. As per the latest TripAd-visor India Gastronomy Survey 2017, 3 out of 5 Indians are set to undertake a gastronomic getaway in 2018. The survey conducted online in the third week of November, recognised nearly400 fine dining restaurants, including the Top 25 in the world. It looked at the restaurants that stand out, in addition to uncovering key habits and preferences of Indians with respect to dinning out, and how much food influences their holiday planning.  

If the results are anything to go by, 48% of the respondents said that dining out and restaurant selection is important to their overall trip experience and that they pay special heed to it while travelling. Among the participants, 74% have either planned or intend to plan a gastronomic getaway soon to a destination specifically‘to try the food it is famous’ for and 71% have plans to visit a ‘particular restaurant’.  In fact, the domestic destinations voted to the top specifically for their local cuisine are Goa (49%), Kerala (35%) and Lucknow (33%), while the international ones are Italy (90%), Thailand (34%) and France (26%). It clearly suggests that food in on their minds. Even though the survey foretells gastronomic expeditions for Indians,‘fine dining’which, as the name suggests, offers patrons the finest in food, service and atmosphere, is reserved for special occasions.  Around 31% of the respondents visit fine dining restaurants only ‘once’ every two to three months and 26% only once or twice in a year. The top reasons were unanimous.

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