Stay­ca­tions the new trend for en­joy­ing those long week­ends

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

TRAVEL POR­TALS TRACK­ING HOL­I­DAY BOOK­INGS SAID THERE HAS BEEN A 15% IN­CREASE IN BOOK­INGS FOR STAY­CA­TIONS AND WELL­NESS HOL­I­DAYS

MUM­BAI:WITH the long Eid week­end co­in­cid­ing with the on­set of mon­soon, Mum­bai­ites are pre­fer­ring stay­ca­tions — stay at a re­sort close to the city where they can in­dulge in ayurvedic mas­sages or spa treat­ments.

Travel por­tals track­ing hol­i­day book­ings said there has been a 15% in­crease in book­ings for stay­ca­tions and well­ness hol­i­days, as com­pared to the last long week­end in May when peo­ple thronged hill sta­tions and des­ti­na­tions closer to Mum­bai. Also, book­ings for in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions have in­creased.

Neelu Singh, CEO and di­rec­tor of Ezeego, said, “For the up­com­ing long week­end, we are see­ing a huge de­mand for des­ti­na­tions in and around Ma­ha­rash­tra. We have reg­is­tered the high­est book­ings for Tarkarli, Ma­ha­balesh­war, Matheran, Kamshet, Pune, Lon­avala, Alibaug, Gokarna, Ku­dal and Goa. We also no­ticed that stay­ca­tions are very pop­u­lar this week­end, es­pe­cially among Dual In­come No Kids (DINKS) and young­sters.”

Cox & Kings said the de­mand for hol­i­days has surged 15% for the up­com­ing Eid week­end. Karan Anand, head of pub­lic re­la­tion­ships, said, “As mon­soon has al­ready ar­rived in most parts of In­dia, es­pe­cially in south and western In­dia, we have seen an in­crease in well­ness va­ca­tions. Cus­tomers pre­fer to spend their week­ends in­dulging in spa treat­ments and ayurvedic mas­sages. Stay­ca­tions at lux­ury re­sorts are in de­mand once again, mainly for the off sea­son dis­count of­fered dur­ing mon­soon. Fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­ual trav­ellers see this as an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy lux­ury within their bud­get.

SOTC said it has seen a rise in de­mand for do­mes­tic and short haul in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions. Daniel D’souza- head of sales at SOTC Travel, said, “In­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions, with great weather, such as Thai­land, Bali, Mau­ri­tius, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are in great de­mand. Des­ti­na­tions such as Udaipur, Dharamshala, Goa, Kash­mir, Mau­ri­tius, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are im­mensely pop­u­lar for last minute trips.

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