Royal visit 'to encourage holidays to India'

15 April 2016 08:18

The royal couple have visited India in recent days

The royal couple have visited India in recent days

More holidaymakers are likely to flock to India and Bhutan as a result of a royal visit to the regions, a travel agency has suggested.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have recently visited a number of sites in the two nations, as part of a royal tour.

And now Opodo has indicated that their trip could inspire other holidaymakers to head to the hotspots.

It said that previous royal tours have had the effect of boosting tourism in many destinations around the world. As an example of this, it saw a 45% jump in bookings for Sydney over a three-day period in 2014 at around the time that William and Kate were visiting Australia.

During the week after reports emerged of the pair visiting Courchevel in the French Alps, the firm added that bookings for the three nearest airports jumped.

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Other royals remain popular

Looking beyond William and Kate, other royals also appear to be popular among holidaymakers. The firm said b ookings for Berlin were 31% higher during the Queen and Prince Philip's state visit to the city in June of last year.

During the seven days leading up to the latest royal visit to Bhutan, bookings were said to be up by 44%. The Himalayan kingdom appears to have gained attention as a result of the trip.

Opodo destination expert, Lukas Balter, said of the findings: "When members of the royal family travel the world, be it on official visits or for some down time, we commonly see a spike in bookings as Brits feel royally inspired."

And he added: "This current trip undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is casting the spotlight on two beautiful countries which, you might say, are often overlooked as travel destinations - but not for long."

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