MUMBAI: International scheduled flights restarted more than a month ago and more flights are offered to foreign destinations, but this summer too, like the previous one, the preference is for domestic travel, according to a survey by an agency online travel.
Of the 61% of Indians who said they planned to take a vacation this summer, 94% said they would travel within the country. Among international destinations, the Maldives again topped the list, followed by Dubai, Thailand and the United States, according to the survey. “Indians are always fond of desi alternatives to videsi destinations; 58% of consumers prefer to vacation in Gulmarg over Switzerland, 70.3% in Coorg over Scotland and 67.9% choose Auli over Alaska,” according to the OYO Vacation Index of summer 2022.
Other trends that continue include a preference for hotels, followed by alternative accommodations such as villas and homestays. Short trips of 1-3 days are the preferred choice of 55% of Indians, he said. The pandemic-induced trend of not booking holidays weeks and months in advance is apparently continuing with 1 in 3 respondents saying they would prefer to book their trip in the same week, the India-wide survey has found. in April with a sample size of over 1000 respondents.
OYO’s Shreerang Godbole said, “We already had two record-breaking bookings for the festive weekend in April. During Good Friday and the week of Vishu, we received 8 lakh bookings, the highest ever in 2022, surpassing New Year. Over the next two weeks, we expect this demand to increase further across all destinations. »