Holi + Easter = Holiday weekend

  • Tushar Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2016 17:15 IST
An aerial view of Atlantis hotel and Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. With a long weekend looming, families are packing their bags to head for short-haul destinations (REUTERS file photo)

The upcoming long weekend thanks to the festivals of Holi and Good Friday has resulted in a spurt in travel bookings, in line with the recent holiday trend of quick getaways, with Goa and Jaipur topping the booking charts.

While domestic destinations are the favourite with travellers this time, short-haul international destinations such as Thailand and Dubai are also seeing strong interest.

“Short vacations that help recharge batteries have become extremely popular with urban middle-class travelers. Travel packages for Jaipur, Jodhpur and Goa are much in demand,” said Subhash Goyal, president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators.

The fact that school holidays have begun, is an added advantage, tour operators said.

“This is one of the longest weekends in the year, and with Holi and Good Friday being holidays for almost everybody, a very large number of people are planning a quick getaway. We are expecting hotels and packages bookings to increase by three-fold as we are getting closer to the weekend,” said Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com.

“Yatra has seen a tremendous pick up in hotel bookings and packages for the four-day weekend from all the major cities. We are also witnessing travellers actively exploring international destinations such as Dubai and Singapore, as well as domestic locations such as Goa and Andaman,” Dhall said.

MakeMyTrip.com is also seeing the same trend, according to Ranjeet Oak, chief business officer, holidays.

“More people are travelling to domestic locations as compared to international locations. Interestingly, we are seeing the Holi weekend bookings to be more spontaneous as compared to 2015 year-end vacations. Some 68% of the customers have booked the travel within two months of travel date,” said Oak.

“While Goa continues to top the charts, many customers are also opting for destinations like Srinagar, Jaipur and Katra for the upcoming weekend. Internationally, Thailand and Dubai continue to top the charts followed by Singapore,” he said.

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