Santosh Gupta, the owner of city-based Shree Vinayak Holidays, told TOI, “We have three bookings for Goa for the long weekend. The clients have taken leave from work on Friday and Saturday. We also have an enquiry for Jaipur.”
Director of Hasmukh Travels Vijay Thakkar said there was a 10% increase in travel this long weekend in comparison to previous short breaks. “Goa and Mahabaleshwar are top picks,” he said.
Aloke Bajpai, the co-founder and Group CEO of ixigo, said, “Eid travel is seeing a year-on-year high with bookings up 16%. Travelers are opting for short-haul international destinations for 4-5 days in Dubai, Mauritius and the Maldives. Destinations like Lucknow too have seen a 124% rise in bookings.”
Nishant Pitti, CEO and co-founder of EaseMyTrip, said, “We have observed a 44% surge in search queries on our platform for the June 29-July 2 period. Most popular destinations for domestic travel include Hyderabad, Delhi, and Mumbai. Internationally, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar are top choices.”
Rajeev Kale, president and country head Holidays, MICE, Visa-Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, said, “We are seeing an uptick in demand of over 20% for the long weekend, compared to the previous extended weekends, for India and Dubai-Abu Dhabi. Southeast Asia is seeing a surge with maximum uplift for Thailand, followed by Singapore, Vietnam, Bali, Hong Kong, the Maldives, Mauritius. Even Nepal and Bhutan are in demand.” He said families, millennials and young professionals were also interested in Nainital, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Coorg, Ooty etc.
Daniel D’souza, president and country head-Holidays, SOTC Travel, said, “Our demand trends indicate an uptick of 15-20%. Domestic destinations leading demand include Kashmir, Himachal, Goa, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, the Northeast, Rajasthan and Kerala. For travellers in Maharashtra and Gujarat, Rajmachi, Igatpuri, Lonavla, Matheran, Mahableshwar and Panhala are in demand.”