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Indian travellers favour short-stays, impromptu trips - survey

Online travel and stay aggregator Cleartrip says half of Indian travellers booked flights seven days or less in advance

Indian travellers favour short-stays, impromptu trips - survey

Impromptu travel plans and frequent short-stay breaks are the new trends catching with Indian travellers, replacing the traditional practice of well-in-advance planned, single but long duration holidays, according to a latest report on the travel and accommodation trends.

As high as 52 percent of the leisure travellers and 44 percent of the international travellers from India booked their flights and accommodations within 1 to 7 days to their travel in 2018, according to the report titled ‘Evolution of travel space in India’ by online travel and stay aggregator Cleartrip.

Significantly, as high as 13 percent of the leisure travellers made their travel and stay bookings on the same day last year. The comparative figure in India in 2014 was only 5 percent.

In the case of international travels, same day travel and stay plans were made by 7 percent of travellers from in 2018. In 2014, 5 percent of the total number of travellers who went for overseas holidays made their bookings.

Business travellers in India, however, accounted for the highest percentage – at 25 percent – of travellers who made same day travel and accommodation bookings.

This is 8 percent higher than the same day travel plan bookings in 2014, the report, prepared based on a 4-year travel and accommodation bookings trend among travellers.

“The increasing trend towards last minute bookings for air tickets and accommodation has been visible across all the three types of travellers – leisure, international and business travellers,” Ankit Rastogi, VP, Accommodation and Activities, Cleartrip, said.

Short-stay breaks

Another trend which is catching up with travellers in India is their increasing preference for frequent but short-stay breaks, rather than going on long holidays once in a year.

“The numbers of holidays that people take in a year have increased from one-two per year in 2014 to three-four in last year,” the report said.

This has led to a drop in the ratio of room booking per night from 2.06 to 1.93 depicting in 2018.

Another interesting trend is that long-weekend travels are increasingly in vogue of late, with a 70-100 percent spike in bookings over other weekends, the report said.

According to the report, the most expensive destinations in India have largely stayed the same throughout the last four years, with Kabini in Karnataka ranking first at an average room rate of $242.

The other Indian tourist destinations with highest room tariffs are Kutch in Gujarat ($192), Gulmarg in Jammu & Kashmir ($180), Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh ($170) and Bekal in Kerala ($164).

The top ‘special requests’ by travellers while bookings were early check-in (20 percent), room with preferred view (13 percent) and commute distance between accommodation and airport (11 percent), the report said.

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