Most Indians to plan gastronomic getaway in 2017: Survey

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) As many as 63 per cent of Indians will be planning a gastronomic getaway next year, reveals a survey.

According to the survey, conducted by travel website TripAdvisor, Indians frequent restaurants often (34 per cent one to two times per month and 33 per cent once every week). But gastronomy is especially top of the mind when going on trips — 51 per cent said dining out and restaurant selection are important to their overall trip experience.

“It’s no secret that Indians love to eat and the multitude of cuisines in India make the gastronomic journey right here in India even more interesting… These restaurants, recognised by millions of travellers from the TripAdvisor Community will surely inspire foodies to go on a gastronomical journey when they travel around in India,” Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor, India, said in a statement.

The findings also show that about 73 per cent have either planned or intend to plan a gastronomic getaway soon to a destination specifically to try the food it is famous for. As many as 67 per cent have plans to visit a particular restaurant.

When it comes to fine dining, Indian cuisine is a clear favourite, followed by Italian dishes. Most Indians go to fine dining restaurants once or twice per year, mainly to celebrate a special occasion as well as enjoy eating great food and experience. About 35 per cent said they have visited a restaurant because of its celebrity chef.

The survey also found that 57 per cent of respondents check reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor via mobile when it comes to researching restaurants, out of which 60 per cent said that they did so often.

The travel website also announced its Travellers’ Choice Awards for top restaurants around the world. The awards recognise 528 restaurants overall, including the top 25 fine dining in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, Mexico, South America, South Pacific, Britain and the U.S.

The Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Indian Accent, a restaurant, continues to top the list in the Indian Fine Dining list, Hari Garh Restaurant from Udaipur takes the number one position in the Local Cuisine Restaurants list, which has been introduced this year.

In addition, three Indian restaurants have been awarded at Asia level too: Indian Accent, New Delhi at number 13; Villa Maya, Thiruvananthapuram at number 15 and Peshawari, Mumbai at 25th position.