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Hotels.com reveals food preferences among global travellers

New Delhi offers best local food, stated Indian travellers

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 12:00 Hrs  [IST]
By HBI Staff | Mumbai

Hotels.com in its latest survey revealed that Japanese food is the third favourite culinary delight of global travellers. The survey, which questioned more than 27,000 travellers, has shown that there is now tough competition for more traditional favourites such as Italian and French cuisine from food from the Far East.

Although international travellers do still favour Italian (32 per cent) and French (24 per cent) cuisine, with them taking first and second spot in the rankings, the dishes from Japan are gaining in popularity with more cosmopolitan palates. 18 percent of all people surveyed favoured Sushi, Tempura, Ramen and Japanese Soba, particularly when it comes to fine dining.

“Japanese food is seen as great example of healthy eating and there are a variety of Japanese restaurants in every multicultural capital,” said Alison Couper, Hotels.com.

Several other Asian countries and regions appear in the top ten list, including mainland China (13 per cent), Thailand (8 per cent), Taiwan and India (5 per cent). The popularity of Paella and Tapas could have contributed to Spain clinching fifth place (11 per cent) on the list, while those who love burger and fries have helped the USA secure sixth place (10 per cent) in the table.

The world’s best food when on holiday

Position
Country & Regions
Votes in %
1
Italy
32 per cent
2
France
24 per cent
3
Japan
18 per cent
4
Mainland China
13 per cent
5
Spain
11 per cent
6
USA
10 per cent
7
Mexico
8 per cent
8
Thailand
8 per cent
9
Taiwan
5 per cent
10
India
5 per cent


The plate of Indian travellers:
According to Indian travellers, the world’s best local food is found in India (38 per cent) followed by USA (31 per cent) and China (17 per cent). Within India, travellers voted for New Delhi (33 per cent) as having the best local food, followed by Mumbai (20 per cent) at second place and Kolkata at a close 18 per cent.

Since Indian culture is known to be family oriented, travellers also voted for the best city in the world for family dining. London, New York and Paris were the top choices amongst Indians for this.   

If Indians had to recommend to travellers the top three ‘must try’ dishes of India the following were the choices:

Rank
Dish
Percentage of votes
1
Pani Puri
53 per cent
2
Alu Paratha
45 per cent
3
Idli Sambhar
41 per cent

 
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