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I-Day weekend in Mumbai sees spike in travel bookings

While the top picks for domestic travel are Goa, Ladakh, Kerala, Andamans and Ooty, outbound travellers prefer short-haul destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Bali.

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2018 05:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Many residents of Mumbai will be leaving on short-haul vacations for the Independence Day weekend.(File photo)

Even with Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, travel portals have seen an increase in people opting for trips on the weekends surrounding the day. Travellers have either clubbed two days before or two days after August 15 with the weekend, said the portals.

Karan Anand, head of relationships, Cox & Kings, said the upcoming Independence Day presents an excellent opportunity to take a 5-day trip as Friday will be observed as the Parsi New Year. There has been at least an 18% increase in travel inquiries this year since 2017, he said.

“The number of air bookings for the relevant weekends, which were made at least 15 days in advance, were 49% higher compared to other weekends this year,” said a spokesperson for Cleartrip, an online travel company.

Amritha Mohan, a Mulund resident, is one of those who will utilise the week to travel to Tarkarli with a group of friends. Mohan said, “We are leaving on Tuesday night and returning on Sunday. We planned the trip so that we could easily spend four days by applying just two days leave from work”.

Rajeev Kale, president and country head, Thomas Cook, said top picks for domestic travel are Goa, Ladakh, Kerala, Andamans and Ooty. “Thomas Cook India has witnessed a spike of 40% for domestic holidays and over 25% for international destinations, compared to last year. Most of the travellers are from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata, as well as smaller metros such as Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur.”

Out-bound travellers prefer short-haul destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau and Bali, said Daniel D’souza, head of sales, India and NRI markets and e-commerce, SOTC Travel. “At SOTC Travel, we have seen an impressive growth in the number of Indian travellers, which includes working millenials as well as families, opting for these getaways.”

Anand Menon, head of travel tours, leisure business, FCM Travel Solutions, said that despite being a weekday, Independence Day bookings this year have seen a 23% increase compared to last year.

Sunil Gupta, MD and CEO, Avis India, a car rental company, said, for long weekends, customers tend to book vehicles 10 to 15 days in advance as the inventory gets sold out quickly. “Our vehicles generally get sold out a week before the long weekends, and the Independence Day weekend has been no different.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 05:25 IST