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India: Hilton Research Identifies a New Generation of Asian Travelers – The ‘GenerAsian’ Traveler

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  • 85% of Indian travelers have reported they feel proud about the rising popularity of their country of origin as a travel destination.
  • Four in five (82%) Indian travelers are seeking to better understand their own heritage through travel.
  • Indian travelers rank exploring local and traditional food and beverage as the most important consideration when it comes to planning travel for 2024, highlighting the intrinsic connection between culture and cuisine.
  • This research comes as Hilton releases its global 2024 Trends Report, which uncovers four themes expected to be the catalysts of change and innovation for travel in 2024 and beyond.

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MUMBAI, INDIA – As Hilton releases its 2024 Trends Report, the leading global hospitality company has discovered an emerging generation of Asian travelers who are pursuing travel that will enable them to better understand their identity.

Dubbed as the ‘GenerAsian traveler’ are Asians who are inspired by self-discovery and have a desire for a deeper understanding of their own cultural and ancestral heritage through travel.

In a global survey conducted in collaboration with Ipsos, a resounding chorus of travelers across Asia have expressed a growing confidence for self-exploration. In India, a staggering 85% of respondents reported they feel proud about the rising popularity of their country of origin as a travel destination, as well as the international popularity and appreciation for Asian food, design, and culture.   

This shift in global taste can be attributed to globalization, where international audiences now have better accessibility and insight into Asia through pop culture and social media. Alongside this, the region has seen much greater representation in entertainment, food and beverage, and other industries – from the nation’s matchmaking traditions being featured on a popular reality dating show, to its local innovation, design, and cuisine receiving international recognition.

"We’re constantly monitoring the travel preferences of different generations to create tailored experiences that cater to their unique needs and desires. Fueled by a sense of pride that Asian food, design, and culture are gaining popularity globally, we know this will hold even greater significance and interest for travelers in the upcoming year. In fact, our research found that 82% of Indian travelers are seeking to better understand their own heritage through travel, with 84% looking to learn more about other Asian cultures. We believe that the heart of a great trip is a great stay, and so we remain committed to delivering innovative solutions to ensure our guests can fully immerse themselves in both our hotels and their communities."

Ben George

Senior Vice President and Commercial Director, Asia Pacific, Hilton

Access to Local, Gastronomic Experiences are a Priority for Indian Travelers

Priorities differ among travelers when it comes to selecting their accommodation. For some, convenience might be key, but for others, price point remains at top of mind. In line with their travel motivations, Indian travelers are more likely than travelers from other countries surveyed to book their accommodations based on access to unique local experiences. In fact, a substantial 77% of India respondents indicated that they are likely to do so, compared to the 65% average across all countries surveyed in Hilton’s global study.

When it comes to the types of experiences India travelers seek during their trips, 91% of respondents unequivocally ranked exploring local and traditional food and beverage as the most critical to them. A strong majority also indicated a desire to connect with the local community when they travel (90%), and gain a deeper understanding of the local history and heritage of the destination they travel to (87%) – suggesting a reassuring desire for more authentic travel experiences. 

Food and beverage also showed as a unifying passion point across Asian respondents in Hilton’s 2024 Trends Report survey, with respondents across China, India, Japan, and Singapore all ranking culinary experiences as the top budget priority for their travel plans next year. 

To ensure they are able to prioritize travel in the coming year, four in five (82%) Indian travelers are reducing spending on other areas of their life, which is considerably higher than the global average of 64%. Travelers in India are also more inclined than the majority of their global counterparts to spend more on travel in 2024 than they did in 2023 (81% in India versus 65% globally).

As industry observers have noted, the underlying drivers for India travelers’ appetite for travel goes beyond pent-up demand and reflects the country’s growth story. Unlike respondents from countries like Japan, Germany, US and the UK, India’s middle- and upper-class consumers may also have a healthy pool of pandemic savings to tap on for their travel plans.

"At Hilton, we’ve noticed a rising interest in self-discovery and the desire for an even deeper understanding of one’s heritage, and this will be an even more important consideration for travelers in 2024. Interestingly, 71% of all Asia Pacific respondents reported they will prioritize traveling in the next 12 months, supporting this notion of the GenerAsian traveler and their passion to explore. From our ongoing brand innovation and dining experiences to our world-renowned hospitality, Hilton will enable guests to completely connect and immerse themselves in the destinations they chose to travel."

Alexandra Jaritz

Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Hilton

Understanding Generational Differences in Global Travelers’ Expectations

These insights were commissioned as part of research for Hilton’s 2024 Trends Report, which sought to uncover the profile of the 2024 traveler, while also zooming in to understand what the desires and preferences will be for the different generations. Following a global survey of more than 10,000 travelers from nine countries, and in-depth interviews with dozens of Hilton travel experts, the report uncovers four themes expected to be the catalysts of change and innovation for travel in 2024 and beyond:

  1. Travelers Will Invest in Their Sleep: Gen Zs are the most intentional about winding down, with 21% regulating their workout routine, and 25% avoiding alcohol before bedtime. In India, respondents ranked listening to music or podcasts (51%), and choosing a trusted hotel brand with consistent mattress quality (41%) as their top sleep considerations.
  1. Travelers Will Value Connectivity and Personalization: 80% of global travelers surveyed said it’s important to be able to book their trip entirely online, with 86% of Millennials and 83% of Gen Zs leading the charge. In India, 85% of travelers also agreed, with 88% of Millennials driving these expectations.
  1. Culture and Experiences Will Drive Leisure Travel Decisions: Across generations, travelers’ top focus is on culinary (49% globally, 53% in India) as well as exploration and adventure experiences (47% globally, 52% in India). In India, Baby Boomers (58%) and Millennials (57%) are the most passionate about their dining budget plans, while Gen Xs (57%) and Baby Boomers (53%) are carving out more budget for exploration and adventure experiences than other generations. 
  1. Business Travel Trends Will Redefine Expectations: More than a third of Gen Z and Millennial business travelers say they plan to extend a business trip to enjoy leisure time before or after their work obligations, and 24% of global business travelers plan to take a friend or family member with them on a business trip next year.

Hilton’s 2024 Trends Report can be found at, and to learn more specifically about the GenerAsian traveler, go to To start planning 2024 travel, visit

1.  Source: Asia Society, 28 January 2019, How Asia Is Shaping the World's Future

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5. Source: BQ Prime, 11 Mar 2023, Travel Industry Recovering, And It’s Not Just Pent-Up Demand, Says Chalet Hotels CEO

Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to determine the emerging trends detailed in this report. Hilton conducted stakeholder interviews across the organization to gain perspectives on what travel looks like today and determine what is top of mind going into 2024, with business divisions including: Business Travel/Events, Food & Beverage, Wellness, Sustainability, Design, Digital Innovation and Workplace Culture. Hilton commissioned two phases of research with Ipsos, one of the largest market research and polling companies globally. First, Ipsos conducted 60 qualitative online video diaries in the U.S. between April and May 2023. Then Ipsos fielded a quantitative online survey in July 2023 among a nationally representative sample in Germany, Great Britain, Japan and the U.S. of adults under age 75. The samples in China, India, Mexico, Singapore and U.A.E. are more urban, more educated and/or more affluent than the general population. The survey results for these markets should be viewed as reflecting the views of the more “connected” segment of their population. Each country included an oversample of n=200 Gen Z to increase analytic capability for this age group. The age breakdown used is Gen Z: 18-26, Millennial: 27-44, Gen X: 45-58 and Baby Boomers: 59-77.

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