Did you take a shop­ping va­ca­tion?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Sneha Ma­hale ■ sneha. ma­hale@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Un­til re­cently, a sa­fari typ­i­cally meant rough­ing it out at one of Africa’s fa­mous game re­serves. But not any­more. The 2015 Tourism & Travel Trends Re­port from Res­o­nance Con­sul­tancy iden­ti­fies “shop­ping sa­faris” as one of the many grow­ing trends to watch out for. It adds that the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions are China and the US. In­creas­ingly, this trend is mak­ing its way to In­dia too, with trav­ellers plan­ning trips in time to be part of in­ter­na­tional an­nual shop­ping fes­ti­vals. Some are even opt­ing for cus­tomised itin­er­ar­ies to visit premium malls when they va­ca­tion abroad. “Go­ing on hol­i­day purely to shop is a grow­ing trend, es­pe­cially among In­di­ans with high-spend­ing ca­pac­ity. It is also gain­ing trac­tion with the up­per-mid­dle class and the DINKs (Dou­ble In­come No Kids),” says Karan Anand of Cox & Kings. Travel op­er­a­tors add that re­peat trav­ellers also tend to visit a par­tic­u­lar des­ti­na­tion with the spe­cific in­ten­tion to shop. “Trav­ellers now look to ex­plore the des­ti­na­tion to the fullest. So, a lot of clients are re­quest­ing for cus­tomised pack­ages that in­clude vis­its to bou­tiques, night mar­kets or even out­let malls,” says Daniel D’souza of Kuoni In­dia. Book­ings tend to rise phe­nom­e­nally around fes­ti­vals such as the Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val, Hong Kong Shop­ping Fes­ti­val and The Great Sin­ga­pore Sale, where one can snag good bar­gains on elec­tron­ics, fash­ion, jew­ellery and more. An­other rea­son for this trend is that the vis­it­ing city tends to come alive at the time. “Many shops are open 24x7. There are fun events like con­certs, mu­sic per­for­mances and car­ni­vals, which make th­ese shop­ping sa­faris mem­o­rable,” says Sankalp Agar­wal of Travel Tri­an­gle. She­fali Walia of WeTrav­elSolo, adds, “So, while shop­ping re­mains the essence of th­ese trips, they also in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties that add value to the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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