Indians set for foreign holidays on Holi, Good Friday weekend
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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