In­di­ans set for for­eign hol­i­days on Holi, Good Fri­day week­end

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Soub­hik Mi­tra soub­hik.mi­tra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: In­dian trav­ellers usu­ally re­serve their for­eign hol­i­days for the end of April, when schools close for the sum­mer.

This year, a fes­tive long week­end for Holi and Good Fri­day is see­ing a many of them hop­ping on to in­ter­na­tional flights to short-haul des­ti­na­tions. Travel book­ings showed many fam­i­lies are club­bing the pub­lic hol­i­days of March 24 and March 25 — for Holi and Good Fri­day — with the week­end, to set off on their first for­eign trip for the year.

Thomas Cook said it regis- tered a 45% growth over 2015, and fewer were seats left on flights to Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Dubai and Malaysia. “In­dian trav­ellers are open­ing up to in­tel­lec­tu­ally and ed­u­ca­tion­ally en­rich­ing get­aways, along with tra­di­tional sight­see­ing va­ca­tions,” said Ra­jeev Kale, pres­i­dent and COO, Leisure Travel, Thomas Cook (In­dia) Ltd.

Travel por­tal Ya­tra. com recorded a 126% rise in book­ings to for­eign des­ti­na­tions that are less than five hours away.

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