Attractive Airline, Hotel Deals Make Monsoon the Best Season for Travel
Bookings for short haul domestic & international travel packages shoot up
New Delhi: Monsoon rains have not dampened the spirits of the intrepid Indian traveller a wee bit. As airlines offer monsoon sales and portals launch attractive offers, year-on-year growth for monsoon travel on portals like Cleartrip has surpassed bookings for summer season this year, India’s choicest season for travel.
“Year-on-year growth for monsoon travel has surpassed summer travel growth for this year. Average daily searches for airline bookings grew by 27% year-on-year for domestic and 15% for international destinations for monsoon travel. People are looking at heading out to relish the lush greens and rejuvenating spells of drizzle and rain evident from an overall 20% year-on-year increase in monsoon travel this year,” said Balu Ramachandran, head, air and distribution, Cleartrip.
Travellers from the metros were most keen on a monsoon break with New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai being the top five cities from where the maximum number of bookings for monsoon travel packages were recorded on the portal.
India’s second largest travel portal Yatra.com saw 68% jump in airline bookings this monsoon season from 2016. Hotel bookings on Yatra.com grew more than 300%.
“Off-season vacations have their own perks as travel and accommodation can be availed at cheaper rates. The traffic is being driven by airlines announcing sales in advance to stimulate early booking,” said Sharat Dhall, COO, B2C, Yatra.com.
Travel portals said almost all major airlines offered monsoon season sales boosting numbers significantly.
According to travel meta search, ixigo, there was a 28% increase in flight bookings between June 27 and July 4 as compared to the previous week as travellers booked flights for as low as .₹ 199 clubbing ixigo cashback with fares that went down to .₹ 699 for SpiceJet and .₹ 745 for Indigo. The spike could be attributed to big sales by airlines including SpiceJet, Indigo, Vistara and Air Asia. On an average, flight fares during this period were 21% lower than the past 30 days.
Some of the popular routes that saw a major drop in fares included Agartala-Guwahati starting at .₹ 699, Jammu-Srinagar starting at .₹ 699, Delhi-Jaipur starting at .₹ 880, Chennai-Bengaluru starting at .₹ 898, Ahmedabad-Mumbai starting at .₹ 1,048, Bengaluru-Goa starting at .₹ 1,098, Delhi-Lucknow starting at .₹ 1,199. MakeMyTrip said there was a 27% growth in trips being planned by Indians this monsoon season compared to last year with 60% more Indians travelling to international destinations during the monsoon. Bookings for destinations like Bali, Krabi, and Toronto grew more than three times and one and a half times respectively compared to the same time last year.
On travel marketplace GoFro, 58% of the total queries received for travel during the monsoon season were for short haul international destinations like Bali and Dubai.
Lonavala, Coorg, Pondicherry, Portblair, Guwahati, Kochi, Trivandrum, Jaipur were some of the top destinations booked for monsoon vacations on Cleartrip while Goa, Manali, Mysore, Ooty and Shimla were the most popular domestic destinations on MakeMyTrip this rainy season.