India among the top five countries with hospitality in their DNA: Booking.com study
Research conducted by Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, across 21,500 travelers from 29 countries reveals that Thailand (85%), Indonesia (83%), Mexico (77%), Taiwan (77%) and India (75%) are the top five countries where locals consider hospitality to be in their DNA when comparing experiences of being a guest in their home country vs. being a guest abroad. Booking.com uncovers what it is about these countries that make them so welcoming.
Most commonly known for its beautiful beaches and temples, it’s the perfect destination for travelers seeking to experience a warm welcome and immerse themselves in the local culture. Thailand also offers many opportunities for travelers to enjoy cultural activities such as experiencing the vibrant hill tribe culture. For those in Thailand, ensuring that guests have privacy and their own space is most important (85%). Following this, they should be cozy (85%) – ideally in front of a crackling fire or candle-lit room, and well fed (82%).
Indonesia, home to beautiful volcanic islands and Komodo dragons, will bring out the inner adventurer in everyone as you island hop across this beautiful and exotic destination. Visit the tropical island paradise of Nusa Penida and be mesmerized by the crystal clear waters and abundance of marine life. Hop on a traditional ‘Jukung’ boat to Medan, the hub for cultural diversity and spend a full day on a private adventure, exploring the remote jungles of Bukit Lawang. 83% of Indonesians believe its country is more hospitable than others. One of the most universally welcomed things an accommodation owner or manager can offer guests is a warm welcome, with the vast majority (95%) of travelers expecting them to be friendly and personable. For those in Indonesia, ensuring guests are well fed is most important (85%).
Venture to Taiwan and discover why 77% of Taiwanese travelers rated their country as providing the best hospitality. Many travelers visit Taiwan for its bustling nightlife and famous landmarks such as the Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum and Shilin night market. But why not swap the hustle and bustle for a breath of fresh air? Take a trip to the idyllic crescent shaped Chishingtan Beach, or a relaxing stroll along the bank of the picturesque Liyu Lake or an adventurous hike through Taroko National Park. In Taiwan, hospitality for travellers means that the hosts should be attentive (72%), and make sure guests are cozy. Furthermore, little personal touches such as offering local delicacies can make all the difference.
The capital Mexico City caters to the modern traveler as it features upscale shops, fabulous restaurants to tickle your taste buds and beautiful museums. Mexico is also home to various stunning beaches, majestic mountain ranges, jungles and deserts for the adventurous type. Mexico offers something for every traveler and Mexican hosts are known for going above and beyond to offer their guests a warm welcome. 77% of Mexicans believe its country is more hospitable than others. 79% of Mexican travelers agree that providing a cozy home away from home for guests equals good hospitality.
75% of Indians believe their country to be more hospitable than most. India attracts travellers from around the globe for its rich culture and diversity. Furthermore, the country is home to cultural and historical hotspots such as the Taj Mahal, Amber Palace, and Hawa Mahal among many others. With all of these interesting and beautiful attractions catering for travelers from around the globe, India is on the list of must visit places for many. In India, hospitality for travellers means ensuring that guests are well fed, which is most important (84%). Followed by - they should be cozy (79%) – ideally in front of a crackling fire or candle-lit room, and have privacy and their own space (78%).