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Tailor-made tours, adventure trips: How Mumbaiites plan to spend the long weekend

Travel portals say there has been a surge in bookings, compared to last year

mumbai Updated: Jan 25, 2018 09:51 IST
Neha LM Tripathi
Neha LM Tripathi
Hindustan Times
Republic Day,Thomas Cook,GoAir
According to Cox & Kings, destinations such as Goa, Aurangabad, Silvassa and Tadoba are the most popular among Mumbaiites.(HT File)

With the year’s first long weekend round the corner, travel portals said Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Coorg have emerged as preferred holiday destinations.

Tour operator Thomas Cook said travellers include dual income no kids (DINKS), millennials, and groups of friends.

Shravan Gupta, executive director - leisure businesses, FCM Travel Solutions India said that compared to last year, they have seen a rise of 43% in bookings for these destinations.

“There is an 18% surge in demand for domestic holidays and tailor-made international tours this weekend. Destinations such as Goa, Aurangabad, Silvassa and Tadoba are the most popular among Mumbaiites, while Delhi residents are flocking to Agra, Manali, Amritsar and Jim Corbett National Park,” said Karan Anandhead, relationships, Cox & Kings. said the long weekend has become a “very popular” time for those seeking a mini break. “With adventure tourism becoming popular in metros, we have seen an upswing in bookings for Rishikesh and Coorg,” said Sharat Dhall, its COO(B2C).

SOTC said popular local destinations are Uttarakhand, Kerala, Andaman, Goa, Kaziranga, Guwahati. Daniel D’souza, head, sales, India and NRI Markets, said Dubai, Thailand and Singapore are also a hit.

Airlines have also introduced discounts. SpiceJet’s fares begin at Rs797, while Indigo’s begin at Rs769 for the January 22-January 25 period. SpiceJet’s international tickets start from Rs2,469.

GoAir has introduced all-inclusive fares across destinations, from Rs726 to Rs3,926 on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets must be booked between January 24 and January 28 and travel must be scheduled from March 1 to the end of 2018.

Jet Airways is offering a 10% discount on current economy fares and a 20% discount for premiere-class fliers. Those booking international tickets will get a 30% discount on the current lowest base fares. While international tickets are valid for immediate travel, domestic ones will be valid for travel effective February 1, with an eight-day advance purchase restriction for economy travel.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 09:51 IST