Domestic travel bookings resume ahead of summer vacation

After facing massive disruption due to Covid-19 restrictions, the travel and hospitality industry is seeing an increase in bookings ahead of the summer holiday season. Online travel agency (OTA) EaseMyTrip reported a 30% increase in travel bookings month-on-month, while current trends in flight bookings on Goibibo indicate that holiday destinations such as Ladakh, Kashmir, Goa, Kochi and Dehradun are seeing a 100% resumption of bookings for the summer season.

Even travel agencies like Thomas Cook India are seeing a 4x increase in demand here as SOTC is seeing a remarkable growth in demand by 2x per week since Feb 1, 2022.

Hotel and resort trends are also mimicking rising travel agency trends. Although Mahindra Holidays saw a marginal decline in occupancy in January 2022, it hopes to end Q4FY22 on a high note as February and March have always been good months for them. “With the reduction in COVID cases and the easing of restrictions as well as visible and robust demand due to the upcoming summer season, we are extremely optimistic about the recovery of the sector,” said Miguel Munoz, Director of Resorts. hoteliers, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India. Limit.

Sterling Holidays and Resorts’ Vikram Lalvani – Chief Operating Officer – Resort Operations, Customer Experience Management is also confident that his bookings will exceed 2019 revenue as there is pent-up travel demand.

Even the multi-brand hotel chain Accor has seen its occupancy rate increase. In fact, Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President – Operations, Accor India and South Asia, said he observed a shrinking booking window due to last minute bookings and unsolicited plans.

Bookings are coming in for popular tourist hotspots including Srinagar, Goa, Dehradun, Kochi and Leh, according to Goibibo and Thomas Cook India. While Mahindra Holidays and Resorts sees bookings from Alibaug, Netrang, Gir and Naldehra.

Sterling’s Lalvani said the “route to destinations” will remain the top choice for travellers, there will also be advance bookings for long-haul holidays covering multiple destinations in one region; like Munnar – Alleppey – Thekkady, Thiruvanamalai – Madurai – Kodaikanal, Nainital – Corbett, Mussoorie – Rishikesh, Darjeeling – Gangtok etc.

After Covid, international travel dropped drastically. However, some short-haul international destinations like Dubai and the Maldives continue to top the list for international travel. They are among the first countries to open their borders to doubly vaccinated Indians. The EaseMyTrip co-founder said that with Australia also loosening standards, that’s a good sign for leisure travel.

Recent trends indicate that international travel to and from India is likely to open up soon. Rajeev Kale – President & Country Head, Holidays, MICE, Visa – Thomas Cook (India) Limited said demand is seen for international destinations such as Switzerland, France, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Egypt, Mauritius, Nepal, Dubai-Abu Dhabi for the last month of Expo 2020, and recently Australia is welcoming tourists again. However, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global geopolitical crisis, this may hamper international travel.

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February 27, 2022

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