Un-lockdown effect: Rise in number of tourists for New Year

Keen travellers who have not been able to travel the entire year, have now packed their bags for year end trip! “They are constantly looking for options where there are stringent safety and precautionary measures. A majority of travellers are opting for places which are secluded and less commercial, providing them with peace and calm. Additionally, with 44% growth in last-minute bookings received this year as compared to the last, there has been a change in booking patterns,” said Sabina Chopra, co-founder and chief operating officer (COO), corporate travel and head industry relations, Yatra.

Tourists have shown special interests in destinations like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Udaipur and Ooty among others to be travellers’ preferred places. “In terms of accommodation, we have seen a surge in inquiries for options such as homes-stays, cottages and premium and luxury hotel properties,” Chopra added.

According to Cleartrip, preferred travel destinations this season are Goa, Kochi and Bengaluru.

“Essential travel picked up as the unlock phases were announced and travel season since Diwali validated this further as road trips, weekend getaways and day-cations were the top choice at Goibibo. Leisure travel recovery is being led by millennials and we expect that trend to continue in a more pronounced way, come 2021. Many more Indians will be taking their first real holiday in the coming months, having a host of products that put safety first to choose from,” said Vipul Prakash, COO, Goibibo. O,

As per Goibibo, people are now mainly opting for unconventional trips that promise adventure rather than luxury ones.