Most Indian travellers use phones to book hotel rooms

  • Soubhik Mitra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 09:27 IST

At least one in three Indian travellers book hotels while they are travelling, says a survey by accommodation booking portal It added that three out of four used a smart phone to do so.

According to the Mobile Travel Tracker survey that polled 9200 people across 31 countries, more than one-third said they booked their hotel stay while waiting at airports; 40% said they booked just before going to bed. A third booked during their ride to the airport; another third booked during office hours (34%), said the survey results released on Monday.

“Having a smart app for booking is a necessity. Smart apps are especially beneficial while making last minute bookings,” said Amit Agarwal senior marketing manager (India and Southeast Asia) with On an average, the respondents took four trips in a year which translated into a hotel stay of 13 days. One in ten said they spend a month a year in hotels.

About 34% booked one or two hotel stays on mobile devices in the past 12 months, while 31% said they booked three to four, and 13% booked five to six. Almost 70% said that booked their stay on the day of travel, while 30% booked a week before their trip.

The top 5 usages of cell phones while travelling among Indians.

1.To book a hotel room (73%)

2.Maps to get around (61%)

3.Comparing prices and deals (60%)

4.To book a flight (59%)

5.To book a cab ride (58%)

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