In­di­ans fly abroad, stay at plush ho­tels even on short week­ends

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Soub­hik Mi­tra soub­hik.mi­tra@hin­dus­tan­

Long week­ends tra­di­tion­ally see im­promptu trips a drive away from home. In 2015, how­ever, many In­dian leisure trav­ellers hopped on flights and booked them­selves in plush ho­tels, both within the coun­try and at nearby for­eign des­ti­na­tions, book­ing pat­terns ob­served around long week­ends show.

“Long week­ends have been the driv­ing force for In­di­ans when it comes to plan­ning travel, as wit­nessed in the past year. Com­pared to 2014, we saw a surge in ho­tel book­ings in 2015, as many im­por­tant fes­ti­vals such as Eid and Di­wali fell near the week­end,” said Amit Agar­wal, se­nior mar­ket­ing man­ager (In­dia and South East Asia) at Ho­tels. com, an on­line ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vice provider. A price in­dex re­port by the por­tal showed four of ten peo­ple browsed for 4- star and 5- star prop­er­ties for long- week­end trips within In­dia.

Bangkok, Phuket and Pat­taya — tourists hotspots in Thai­land that are less than five hours away from In­dian met­ros fea­tured among the top ten for­eign des­ti­na­tions ex­plored dur­ing long week­ends last year. Among do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions, a mix of metro cities such as Delhi and Mum­bai, and hubs like Goa and Udaipur, were in the top ten.

“With 13 long week­ends in 2015, Asian coun­tries that are es­sen­tially short-haul have been the favourite among In­di­ans, be­cause travel time is less,” Agar­wal said.


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