Planning a getaway to usher in the New Year? It may be too late | Delhi News


New Delhi: If you can find a room in any destination for the annual festive break that’s a short drive away or at any Delhi airport, count yourself lucky. Much of everything in sight has been booked, industry insiders say. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has not cooled people’s minds and with the Christmas and New Year holidays approaching, the hospitality industry is literally gearing up for a capital rush.
Ankush Nijhawan, co-founder of Travel Boutique Online, said safari destinations, national parks, forts, havelis, homestays and hotel rooms are quickly taken up by visitors. Daniel D’Souza, President and Country Head, SOTC Travel, added that with domestic tourism experiencing a triple increase in demand compared to winter 2020, nearby drivable locations like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Shimla, Rishikesh , Neemrana, Lansdowne, Kasauli and Nainital is here for a godsend.
And while the seaside destinations of Kerala, Andamans and Goa are a perennial favorite, there are many who want to explore unusual places, D’Souza pointed out. These included living bridges and canoeing on Lake Dawki in Meghalaya, rafting on the Subansiri of Arunachal Pradesh, rock climbing in the Satpura range and skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering. , ice hockey and ice skating in Auli and Gulmarg.
Ritu Mehrotra, regional director of Booking.com, said that based on bookings from December 15 to 31, the hottest domestic destinations include leisure destinations like Goa, Manali, Jaipur, Udaipur, Pondicherry and Shimla. Health and safety, cancellation flexibility and attractive prices were key considerations for travelers.
Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are experiencing peak demand. Syed Junaid Altaf, Managing Director of Skyview by Empyrean at Patnitop, said: “We have already managed to manage 50% occupancy in the first month of launching luxury stays and are looking at 70-80% with more attendance. of 400 per day.
Nazir Rah, Managing Director of Rah Hotels & Resorts, J&K, also said: “The winter and spring tourist season is looking promising in Kashmir. Periods of the year. Vinit Chhabra of Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, added: “The winter vacation is shaping up to be fabulous and we are almost full until March 2022.”
Country Inn Hotels & Resorts in Bhimtal and Corbett National Park are popular with Delhi residents seeking fresh air and peace of mind. “Delhi-NCR has always been the key market for us and we have seen an increase in the number of queries for upcoming dates,” said Akhil Arora, COO, Espire Hospitality, who manages the properties. Vibhas Prasad, director, Leisure Group of Hotels, which owns several establishments in Uttarakhand, said the high demand for New Years week.
While Rajasthan remains a popular car vacation spot, hotel chains have said its year-round vacationers demand new experiences. Abhishek Sharma, general manager of Raffles Udaipur, said tailor-made experiences such as alfresco dining overlooking the Aravalis are in high demand.
Siddharth Yadav, Vice President, MRS Group of Hotels, added to such experiences as the Himalayan Lunch and Llama Walk at Mary Budden Estate in Uttarakhand, the stunning Rajputana White Nights at Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner and dinner on the dunes. and the exploration of the Silk Road offered by Suryagarh Jaisalmer.
The desire for limited interaction has also facilitated the properties of The Postcard Hotels, particularly at Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and Netravali in Goa, being highly booked, Akanksha Lamba, vice president of operations, said, “The attraction of the majestic Asiatic lion and Gir’s cultural experience and the allure of Goa’s hidden ecosystem appear as the perfect attractions for those looking to escape their hectic city life. ”
At ITC Hotels, while the beaches are the hot spots for winter vacation, CEO Anil Chadha said the hills are the flavor of the season. The group’s Welcomhotels in Shimla, Chail and Mussoorie are posting good numbers, while the Katra property is also a big draw.
For more wary Delhiites, checking in at a city hall is a big trend this year. “Our restaurants are fully booked. With expatriate chefs for Italian, Asian and Indian cuisine and with our mixologists, we are ready to offer our guests a superlative experience during the festive break ”, assured Nitesh Gandhi, General Manager of JW Marriott New Delhi.
Meanwhile, Rajeev Kale of Thomas Cook (India) said the average length of breaks is 7 to 15 days. It revealed strong growth in demand for national cruises, even at higher rates between Rs 25,000 and Rs 1 lakh per night.
Among international destinations, Kale said Dubai-Abu Dhabi remained the top destinations, with the former offering the added appeal of Expo 2020 and its shopping festival. The Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt and Turkey are also popular as luxury travelers considered winter experiences in Switzerland.


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