Affordable technology, rising affluence and an abundance of flight connections have ignited the wanderlust bug in Indians. A TripAdvisor questionnaire revealed that nearly seven out of ten Indians surveyed are planning to travel abroad this year – and this figure is expected to rise. So what has sparked this growth? With over 60 million additional people gaining access to the internet annually, India is now the second largest internet market globally. Coupled with breakthroughs in technology, India – touted as Asia’s fastest growing smartphone market – now boasts more channels than ever before for Indian travellers to seek inspiration for their next destination. This is driven in part by the rapid rise of affordable domestic mobile phone brands – last year, Micromax, Karbonn and Lava combined grabbed about one third of sales. What does this mean for travel players in the industry? According to a recent Amadeus survey of Indian travel agents, more than half of travellers compare information across hotel sites for themselves, indicating that travellers are taking ownership of inspiration and research. Yet, at the same time, the role of the travel agent remains vital with four out of five Indian travellers still consulting with an online or offline agent at the planning and booking stage. Get the full story at Amadeus