The pandemic has brought critical challenges to the travel industry. And now with international travel hit again due to the Omicron variant and the implementation of restrictions, travel portals and tour operators are saying there is a drop and cancellations in international bookings, as well. that an increase in national requests from couples. While some choose to explore quirky places in Rajasthan, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh, favorites are still Goa followed by Andamans, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, among others.
Prahlad Krishnamurthi, commercial director at Cleartrip, says subways maintain a high share of booking volumes, but there is a drop in bookings. “Goa, Jaipur, Guwahati and Chandigarh are the most popular leisure destinations. The main international travel destinations are Dubai, the United Kingdom and the Maldives. Global demand has declined a bit since November, ”he says.
Arun Ashok, India and Middle East regional manager of Luxury Escapes, said: “Transaction volumes have been declining since early December due to foreclosure fears, induced by the new variant of Covid. Especially in the case of international destinations like the Maldives, Dubai and Sri Lanka, these have slowed down considerably, with existing buyers also wondering about options to delay their dates of stay. However, he also states that Rajasthan is currently a favorite among honeymooners, accounting for over 40% of national bookings, with Goa and the Andamans coming in far second and third.
Besides fear of the new variant, another reason domestic travel is supported is the allocation of 100% air transport capacity, believes Rajeev Kale, President and Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited.
Revealing the popular new destinations, he adds, “Outdoor adventure is seeing a surge from wildlife safaris in Ranthambore, Kanha and Tadoba to bicycle trips, similarly among millennials to senior executives. We are getting requests from millennials for Rann Utsav. “
Additionally, according to the SOTC’s Third Vacation Readiness Report released in June 2021, 54% of respondents participating in the survey expressed a strong desire to travel to domestic destinations.
Daniel D’souza, President and Country Head, SOTC Travel said, “Guests want to explore experiences that are out of the ordinary in the country, such as living bridges over Lake Dawki, white water rafting at Subansiri in the Arunachal Pradesh, etc.
Vikas Sharma, General Manager of Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala, said: “This trend is sure to continue and it is indeed interesting that savvy domestic travelers are keen to explore various charming leisure destinations in the country.