MakeMyTrip sees Indians opting for longer summer vacations

Take it easy, seems to be the mantra for Indian travelers while they plan their summer getaway for the upcoming holiday season. Shedding light on summer travel trends, online travel agency MakeMyTrip observed that the average number of nights per booking for the current quarter from April to June increased for both domestic and overseas vacation packages, suggesting that travelers prefer relaxed itineraries. “The average number of nights booked for outgoing packages for the summer term is 27% higher than the corresponding period last year and nearly 85% higher than the pre-pandemic average,” said Rajesh Magow, co-founder and CEO of the MakeMyTrip group. Also in domestic packages, MakeMyTrip observed a 54% increase in the average number of nights booked this year compared to the corresponding period in 2019. “The preference for relaxed itineraries had a positive impact on the average spend per passenger. Travelers are looking for experience-driven travel, which is driving more bookings with pre-booked activities,” Magow said. And even as international plane tickets Since India have soared, with some sectors seeing an increase in more than 50 percent compared to last year, Indian travelers still plan to travel in summer. And then of course there are the visa delays. MakeMyTrip notes that although Indians are interested in traveling to Europe, the top five destinations they prefer are short-haul international destinations – Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldivesand the United Arab Emirates. On the side of domestic journeys, Goa, Kochi, Srinagar, Dehradun And Leh are the most searched destinations by MakeMyTrip users. “India’s rainbow offering of diverse cultures and landscapes, providing varied destinations for travelers, comes to the fore in our booking mix,” Magow said. MakeMyTrip has also witnessed strong traction for pilgrimage destinations such as Puri, Varanasi, Rishikesh and Vrindavan. A trend that Oyo had also picked up on last year based on its booking data

hotel franchise company Wyndham Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Ramada Encore by Wyndham in the Indian city of Indore. Ramada Encore by Wyndham Indore, Nipania features 100 rooms, a lobby lounge, an all-day restaurant and bar, meeting and event spaces, a business center, wellness areas, and an outdoor rooftop pool. “Ramada Encore by Wyndham is growing rapidly in India and this opening further strengthens our midrange brand presence across the country. This opening adds to our existing portfolio of Wyndham-branded hotels in Madhya Pradesh and reaffirms our commitment to continue our growth in this important market. We look forward to our partnership and to adding an internationally recognized hotel brand to the city of Indore,” said Nikhil SharmaGeneral Manager of the Eurasia Market at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is about to launch direct flights between Chennai And Yangon Since May 6 each SATURDAY. The flight 8M 630 will leave Yangon at 08:00 hours and arrive in Chennai at 10:15 a.m.. The flight 8M 631 will leave Chennai at 11:15 a.m. and arrive in Yangon at 3:15 p.m.. Myanmar Airways offers a special one-way ticket economy rate from $279 and one way business class price of $582. The airline allows 30 kilograms And 40 kilograms free checked baggage allowance for economy and business class passengers, respectively, in addition to 7 kilograms of hand baggage. The airline will operate a Airbus A319/A320 Or Kiss 190 planes on this route.

India issued 1 27,999 regular tourist visas And 2,27,225 e-tourist visas from October 6, 2021 to March 31, 2022, Minister of Tourism G Kishan Reddy said. “The e-tourist visa was initially available for nationals of 156 countries, which has now been revised for 166 countries; while the regular tourist visa was available for most countries,” he said. When India announced the opening of borders to international tourists in 2021, the government also announced the waiver of visa fees for the first 500,000 tourists. The government has allowed foreign nationals to enter India for tourism purposes on e-tourist visa/tourist visas through charter flights (for group tourism only) from 15 October 2021, the minister said. . Individual foreign nationals have been permitted to enter India for tourism purposes on an e-tourist visa/tourist visa from 15 November 2021.

Midscale hotel chain in India Lemon Tree Hotels signed a license agreement for a 88 rooms property, named Peninsula Suitesin the technological pole of the country bangalore. Ready to be operational from here October 2023, the property will include a restaurant, bar, pool, meeting rooms, fitness center and other public spaces, the company said in a statement. The hotel will be located 23 miles Far from Bengaluru Airport and 23 km from the train station. “We are delighted to expand our hotel portfolio in Karnataka with a new property in Whitefield, Bengaluru with our valued partner, Peninsula Projects. We already have six hotels operational in Karnataka, including five in Bengaluru and one in Coorg,” said declared Mahesh Ayyergeneral manager of Carnations Hotelsa subsidiary and management arm Lemon Tree hotels.

India’s new airline Akasa Air introduced boarding lounge access for its customers at select airports across the country, in partnership with the airport lounge access aggregator Dream Folk Services. Travelers can purchase lounge access for up to 12 hours before departure on the airline’s website and mobile app. Lounge access prices per passenger vary by city and are available at time of booking. “The introduction of the lounge access service allows our customers to enjoy the convenience and comfort of a lounge at a reasonable price. We are thrilled to partner with DreamFolks to provide this extra layer of comfort and peace of mind to our valued customers,” said Belson Coutinhoco-founder and chief marketing and experience officer of Akasa Air.

Indian airport operator Airports Authority of India (AAI) received $395 million from February this year from private partners of six leased airports, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. “The private partners of Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram And Mangaluru airports paid approximately $109 million to AAI as Charges per passenger (PPF) until February 2023 and approx. $286 million in the form of initial fee capital expenditure incurred by AAI at these airports,” said the Minister of Civil Aviation VK Singh. These airports were won by Indian conglomerate Adani Group through a competitive bidding process. Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru airports were leased in 2020 while the other three were leased in 2021.

Thomas Cook (India) opened four currency exchange office to the new Manohar International Airport, Mopa in the coastal state Goa. The counters will allow foreign nationals with Indian Rupee (INR) transactions compatible with the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) upon arrival. Travelers can then access their INR wallet to digital payments in millions of merchant establishments equipped with UPI rapid response facility across India. “With the new Manohar International Airport in Mopa (Goa) and its expected passenger loads of around 13.1 million in five years, we foresee a significant need for foreign currency in the region. We are therefore delighted to announce the success of Thomas Cook’s bid for a five-year contract at Goa’s Mopa airport,” said Deepesh VarmaExecutive Vice President Foreign Exchange at Thomas Cook (India).

With as much as 30 hotels of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) running losses, the government would take a call to lease them to private actors. The government would make a strategic decision to lease the company’s loss-making hotels, informed the deputy chief minister of the state Mukesh Agnihotri. These include hotels located in top tourist destinations such as Dharamshala, Manali, Shimla, Kullu, Chail, Kufri, Kalpa, Palampur, Keylong, Pong Dam, Parwanoo, Chamba, Nurpur, Chindi, Rampur, Fagu , Rohru, Paonta, Mandi and Kyarighat. THE Heritage Anglers Bungalow Hotel at Katrain in Kullu District was leased on April 8, 2021 and HPTDC has over $4316 as rental money, Agnihotri said. The Minister also informed that the Asian Development Bank approved an amount of $162 million for the tourism development plan for the state.

Hemant Soren, Chief Minister of Indian state of Jharkhand, calls on the Indian conglomerate Tata Group For invest in the states tourism sector. “Our government’s new industrial policy has emphasized the promotion of the tourism industry, which has enormous potential in Jharkhand. We have also taken several new initiatives to promote the hospitality and tourism sectors,” Soren said. He also appreciated the company’s efforts to expand ownership of Tata Indian Hotel Company Limitedthe presence of (IHCL) in Jamshedpur with the signature of a alive Hotel. “I would like them to work in promoting the tourism sector as well,” he said. Soren was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony for a new unit of a Tata Steel subsidiary.

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