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Witness heavy advance booking rush for festive season

Moving away from the convention wherein festivals were usually celebrated with family, friends at home, Indians are now increasingly opting for travel. There has been a shift in how people celebrate festivals, they are expanding their horizon and now looking celebrate this once perceived family-oriented festival with travel. While earlier restricted with urban/metro travelers, travelling during the festival season has now has become widespread trend across tier-I and tier-II markets as well. People have increasingly started taking more than one trip in a year as was the case till some years ago. To cater to this growing demand, travel brands are curating special festival-related packages around these festivals Durga Puja, Diwali. Travel brands are witnessing heavy rush of travelers for the same. Below attached is the detailed data from travel brands.

Cleartrip Data:

Top 3 domestic destinations include Goa, Pondicherry, Visakhapatnam and international destination includes Singapore, Dubai and Bali. Booking trend in terms of profile of travellers are 3% - Solo, 28% - Couple, 35% - Family and 33% Groups. Cleartrip is also seeing a higher inclination towards advance booking this year. 31% of bookings were made over 3 months in advance. As we approach the festive weekends, these numbers will go higher especially for Diwali and Christmas weekends as we appear closer to the dates.
· Dussehra weekend: 530%
· Diwali weekend: 170%
· Christmas weekend: 139%
Stay duration: 88% of the bookings observed so far are for a duration of 1-3 days, suggesting people are preferring short haul trips during the upcoming Dussehra-Diwali weekends.

Stay Duration (days)

Travelyaari Data:

Travelyaari, a bus booking platform is receiving heavy demand of booking for a family getaway. Enclosed are some information for your kind perusal:
· Based on the transactional information for the Dussehra( Long Weekend), Travelyaari witness an increase in the bookings for Goa, Delhi, Manali, Simla, Nainital, katra 
· Top Booked destinations during Dussehra: Delhi, Goa (Panjim), Bangalore, Kanpur, Katra & Manali
· A lot of people are traveling in groups (more than 5 seats per ticket) for Nainital, Delhi & Manali
· Percentage of bookings increased as compared to last year: Delhi- 17%, Goa- 400%, Katra- 300%, Nainital- 120%, Chandigarh- 13%, Amritsar- 100%
Travkart Data:

Travkart, a unit of Holidays by Sahibji Pvt. Ltd. that specializes in fixed departures and themed holidays is witnessing 60% advance booking for Durga Puja/Dussehra for Self-drive, Camping, Adventure, Beach holidays. Preferred Indian destinations are Hill Stations, Goa, Darjeeling, Rajasthan, and Kerala. International Destinations are Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Bali, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Moscow and Russia. Profile of travelers include Family and Youth groups.

TravelTriangle Data:

Further to the trail mail, please find enclose the response on behalf of Mr. Vishala Rao, Destination Strategist (Domestic)TravelTriangle "We have started getting Dussehra and Diwali trip requests1 month in advance. There is a good influx of leads from southern markets - about 30% of travelers are from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai."

Response on behalf of Mr. Yashwanth Reddy, Destination Strategist (International), TravelTriangle, "During Diwali, the travel from the northern part of the country is less as compared to other regions. Good chunk of travelers from South are travelling to destinations like Sri Lanka, Bali, Maldives, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius with Bali and Sri Lanka being the preferred destinations of travel as it fits well into the long weekend. Long haul travel is considerably low during this period."

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