Short-haul international travel is all the rage
While most of the countries cherished by Indian tourists continue to shut their doors to them 18 months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to alternatives closer to home to satisfy their travel cravings. foreigner.
Dubai and the Maldives, which have become the top two foreign destinations for Indians since the pandemic, have further cemented their position this travel season as more people are ready to venture out and demand for travel has reached a record level in 18 months.
Luxury vacation search requests like the Maldives and Dubai have seen an incredible growth of over 100% for the month of October this year compared to the same period last year, according to data shared by the portal. ixigo travel bag.
In fact, search requests for both destinations are 70% above pre-COVID-19 levels, according to ixigo.
An increased preference for domestic or short-haul destinations is not only true for India, but globally. And that just might be the trend in the near future.
According to a survey by global travel technology company Amadeus of 9,000 respondents in nine countries, 77% of travelers polled agreed that they would travel within the next year and would prefer to travel to a nearby destination. from their country of origin, rather than travel further.
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Indians said they would prefer to travel to Asia, Singaporeans also said they wanted to stay in Asia (excluding the Middle East), Spanish, British and German travelers wanted to stay in Europe and American travelers wanted to stay in North America. .
âInternational travel restrictions, visa rules, as well as quarantine and testing requirements are some of the factors that may have prompted Indian travelers to focus on domestic and intraregional travel for the time being. That said, in recent weeks we have seen more and more countries around the world looking to ease restrictions and requirements, especially for vaccinated travelers, âsaid Mani Ganeshan, Asia Pacific R&D manager, Amadeus Labs.
âAdvance bookings for Deepavali week have jumped about 450% from last year,â says Prashant Pitti, co-founder of EaseMyTrip.
âAside from the Maldives and Dubai, nearby destinations like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are also gaining ground, with recent search trends showing an increase of around 30% over the past month. Nationally, people are making the most of long weekends where bookings are up almost 60% like during Dasara. Bookings to and from cities such as Calcutta, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Gujarat have seen an increase of 50-70% and tourist destinations such as Kashmir, Leh and Rajasthan have also seen an increase. reservations, âPitti said.
While there is a surge in demand for air travel, the demand for charter planes from the very wealthy is not slowing down, says Sachit Wadhwa, co-founder of BookMyCharters.
âReservation requests are 12 to 13 times greater than what we have seen before COVID. The feeling of travel is quite high and we already have reservations for December and January. There is also a demand for marriage charters from November to January, âWadhwa said. The Hindu.