According to industry experts, there has been 25 percent growth in Indians travelling during winters compared to last year where the beach and deserts destinations remaining popular during this season.
Speaking to PTI in Mumbai, MakeMyTrip group CMO Saujanya Shrivastava told “There has been a substantial increase in the number of people travelling during Christmas and New Year. We have witnessed about 25 per cent more Indians opting to travel during this period. There has been a remarkable year-on-year increase in travel bookings from tier II and III cities for international travel.”
Beach destinations continued to be most sought after among international travellers, while domestic travellers are heading to beaches and desert, she said. Destinations in north east India also registered significant growth this year, she added.
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Goa, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Manali topped the list this Christmas and New Year holiday, while Shillong, Belgaum, Gokarna and Darjeeling are the top growing domestic destinations.
Meanwhile, Cox and Kings head, relationships, Karan Anand said domestic tours increased by 15 per cent this winter. Beach destinations including the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Goa and Andaman are trending the most followed by Rajasthan and snow destinations such as Manali, Sonmarg, Patnitop, Kufri and Auli, he said.
This year, many travellers from India are also flying off for international destinations like New York, Finland, Austria, Budapest, Norway and Canada during Christmas and New Year, he added.
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Hospitality Company OYO said there has been an increase in bookings at beach destinations too such as Goa, Puri, Pondicherry, Port-Blair, Alappuzha and Digha. These destinations have seen a 66 per cent increase in bookings as compared to the 2017, winter holiday season.
Interestingly, colder destinations are witnessing an increasing trend of couples as well as family vacationers when compared to beach destinations.
OYO Hotels and Homes Vice-President, Burhanuddin Pithawala said, “Technology is playing a huge role allowing all travellers, solo, couples as well as families and friends, to make and change plans in a jiffy with the help of their phones. Interestingly, solo travellers are the most significant contributors to bookings this holiday season.”