At Rs 15,336, health saw the highest average spending by Indians per domestic overnight trip between July 2014 and June 2015, followed by shopping (Rs 13,902) and holidaying, leisure & recreation (Rs 6,358), according to a nation-wide survey on domestic tourism expenditure by the National Sample Survey Office, India’s official socio-economic surveyor.
Rural and urban travellers spent 75% and 50%, respectively, of their travel expenditure on health.
The residents of Tripura, Bihar, Assam, Goa and Bengal made more than 500 health-related overnight trips within the country per 1,000 visitors, according to the survey.
At 573 trips per 1,000 people, the union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands had the highest health-related trips in India between June 2014 and July 2015.
The national average was 401 trips per 1,000 people. The trips include those made within and outside origin states.
A domestic overnight trip refers to movement for not less than 12 hours in two consecutive calendar days and of not more than six months by one or more household members outside their usual environment, according to the ministry.
(Vivek is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)