Uptick in Covid instances fails to floor lengthy weekend plans

Regardless of an increase in Covid-19 infections throughout states, journey portals are seeing a big rise in bookings for the lengthy weekend developing subsequent week. Bookings are anticipated to achieve additional momentum from Monday. August 11-15 is being touted as one of many longest weekends of the 12 months with travellers trying to be off from Rakhi on Thursday until Independence Day on Monday, and eating places, lodges and journey firms have launched particular gives and offers.

“With Raksha Bandhan on Thursday adopted by Independence Day on Monday, Janmashtami on Friday and lots of such holidays developing in August, it’s a nice alternative for prolonged weekend getaways. We’re seeing a surge in demand throughout this festive interval as many in India are utilizing this chance to journey both to near-by locations or long-haul home and worldwide locations,” mentioned Ritu Mehrotra, regional business director APAC at

Mehrotra mentioned leisurely locations resembling Lonavala, Jaipur, Udaipur, Puducherry and Goa are a few of the most booked locations for August on Locations like Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia are a few of the most well-liked worldwide locations.

Airline queries for Bengaluru and Goa have grown over 100% month on month for August 11-15 on ixigo.

“We’re seeing a constructive pick-up in demand for the upcoming lengthy weekend. This is without doubt one of the longest weekends of the 12 months, so travellers need to take advantage of it by planning brief getaways upfront,” mentioned Aloke Bajpai, group CEO and co-founder, ixigo.

“We’re seeing a mixture of leisure journey, staycations and folks touring to their hometowns for the lengthy break. Seaside locations like Goa have seen greater than 100% enhance in flight search queries. Coorg, Kerala and Pondicherry are amongst the highest favorite locations searched by travellers this monsoon. The lengthy weekend has additionally seen an increase in search demand for standard short-haul worldwide locations like Maldives, Bali, Bangkok and Dubai,” he added.

Vipul Prakash, COO of Goibibo, mentioned the platform is witnessing a surge in leisure journey bookings to Goa, Jaipur, Lonavala and Kochi.

“Equally, we’re noticing an uptick in bookings for homebound journey. Knowledge additional signifies that 49% of the flight bookings are for journey to tier II and III sectors, suggesting that many are planning to move dwelling to spend the long-weekend and the competition of Rakhi with family and friends”, he added.

Mahindra Holidays and Resorts is witnessing ‘excessive demand’ at hill station resorts resembling Kandaghat, Corbett and Naldehra within the North in addition to Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, Goa within the West, Cherai, Coorg and Virajpet within the South.

Siddharth Yadav, vice chairman, MRS Lodges mentioned for each Suryagarh Jaisalmer and Narendra Bhawan Bikaner, the corporate has seen a big leap upfront bookings and the properties are booked to capability for August 11-15.

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