LONDON, February 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Travel comparison site Skyscanner has revealed that Goa is the place that most Indians would like to visit for a romantic break within the sub-continent, where Paris was the most desired destination for romance abroad.
Over 800 people voted in the survey, which asked Indians where they would most like to take their loved one for Valentine's Day. Goa topped the charts with 28% of the vote, followed by the Andaman Islands (14%), Agra (9%), Kerala (8%) and Shimla (8%).
When it came to romance overseas, it was Paris that most Indians wanted to whisk their lovers away to. The French capital is generally thought of as being the world's most romantic city, and 24% of the respondents wanted to go there.
Venice, the city of canals, took second place with 15% of the vote; like Paris, Venice has long been hailed as a city of romance. In third place was Las Vegas in the USA, which took 8% of the vote. The 'City of Sin' is famed for its glitzy casinos, spectacular shows and shotgun weddings.
Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Skyscanner Marketing Manager for India, commented:
"Goa is India's smallest state but with its beautiful beaches and historic churches and temples, it's one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It offers the twin pleasures of privacy and excitement which together make it ideal for a truly memorable and romantic break, so it's little surprise that it topped the charts in the Skyscanner survey. Further afield, it seems the allure of Paris as a 'city of love' is very strong for Indians."
10 Most Romantic Destinations in India
- Goa - 28%
- Andaman Islands - 14%
- Agra - 9%
- Kerala - 8%
- Shimla - 8%
- Manali - 7%
- Darjeeling - 7%
- Ooty - 7%
- Gulmarg - 4%
- Coorg - 3%
10 Most Romantic Destinations outside of India
- Paris, France - 24%
- Venice, Italy - 15%
- Las Vegas, USA - 8%
- Los Angeles, USA - 8%
- Rome, Italy - 7%
- Hawaii, USA - 7%
- New York, USA - 6%
- Male, Maldives - 4%
- Phuket, Thailand - 4%
- Bali, Indonesia - 3%
Skyscanner is a leading travel search site providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.
Founded in 2003 by three IT professionals, Gareth Williams, Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes, Skyscanner is based in Edinburgh with a second office in Singapore. The site is available in 29 languages and is offered as a mobile site as well an app for Android, iPhone and iPad, which have received over 6 million downloads to date. Having seen an average annual growth of 94% over the last three years, Skyscanner was ranked in the top 20 in Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 (2011).