Here’s how Indian travelers are traveling for the upcoming long weekends
August officially marks the start of the festive season and this year Indian travelers are enjoying extended long weekends in August, allowing them to plan longer vacations.
Mumbai, India – The world has started to emerge from the strict border closures and Indians are eager to hit the roads and skies for a journey. August officially marks the start of the festive season and this year Indian travelers are enjoying extended long weekends in August, allowing them to plan longer vacations.
According to the recent APAC Traveler Confidence Index Report by Booking.com, 86% of Indian travelers said they intend to travel in the next 12 months. And despite some COVID-19 related restrictions, travel optimism remains high, with 70% of Indian travelers accepting planned travel disruptions and 78% considering leisure travel important while keeping their travel in mind. overall health and safety. Keeping in mind the optimism of Indian travelers and digging deeper into the travel behavior of Indians for the period August 1 to August 31, 2022, Booking.com, the leader in digital travel connects travelers with the widest choice of unique places to stay, today shared top booking trends for India as the festive season begins.
Diving deeper into the travel behavior of Indian travelers, the range of destinations beyond metros like New Delhi and Mumbai and leisure, closer to original destinations like Kochi and Lonavala, Indian travelers tend to go to religious and historical destinations like Varanasi and Agra, in addition to hill and beach destinations like Ooty and Pondicherry. These trends provide a comprehensive overview of the travel destinations and preferences of Indian travelers in India as of August 2022 and Indians traveling abroad.
For Indians traveling abroad, other than the UK, USA and France, they also book destinations that are easier to reach and visas are readily available, such as Thailand and Indonesia. Hotels remain the most booked type of accommodation by Indians traveling in the country. Apart from hotels, Indians are also looking to stay in alternative accommodation such as resorts, guesthouses, homestays and hostels.
Different types of domestic destinations explored by Indian travelers during the festive season from August 1 to August 31, 2022
While New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru are Indian travelers’ top 3 metro destinations for August, many in India are also exploring leisure destinations like Lonavala, Pune and Kochi, religious destinations like Tirupati, Shirdi and Rishikesh , historical and culturally rich. destinations like Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra, or beach destinations like Pondicherry, Goa and Puri and scenic destinations like Ooty, Munnar and Kodaikanal.
Behavior of Indian travelers on international trips for the period August 1 to August 31, 2022
When looking at the favorite international destinations of Indian travelers for the extended long weekend, destinations such as Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates feature in the top 10, in addition to countries like UK, USA, France, Switzerland and Malaysia. It also shows that Indians are opting for destinations where getting the tourist visa is easier compared to other countries.
Preferred accommodation – from hotels to hostels
When it comes to choice of accommodation, Indians are more likely to opt for hotels in addition to alternative accommodation options such as resorts, guesthouses, homestays and hostels.
Ritu Mehrotra, Booking.com’s APAC Regional Sales Manager said: “With Raksha Bandhan on Thursday followed by Independence Day on Monday, Janmashtami on Friday and many such holidays to come in August, this is a great opportunity for extended weekend getaways. According to the APAC Travel study Recently released Booking.com’s Confidence Index, 78% of Indian travelers consider leisure travel important while keeping their health and safety in mind, evidenced by our research data which shows that Indians plan trips during this festive period and take advantage of this opportunity to travel either to nearby destinations or to national and international long-haul destinations.
To meet this demand and make it easier for everyone to explore the world again, Booking.com offers getaway offers that travelers can use when booking their next trip. Discounts start at a minimum of 15% and are valid for stays through September 30, 2022. Additionally, Booking.com is bringing the great value of its Genius program to even more guests by giving all account holders the access to Tier 1 program benefits. , with no minimum number of previous bookings to qualify, including access to exclusive 10% discounts at hundreds of thousands of participating properties worldwide. Travelers simply need to download the Booking.com app, log in, and search for the Genius logo to identify associated perks, discounts, and perks.