NEW DELHI : Online travel company EaseMyTrip.com has seen an increase in demand for hotel rooms for destination and large-scale weddings. The company said it saw a 100% increase in wedding-related travel bookings between November 14 and December 13 of this year.
EaseMyTrip said pent-up demand and a significant increase in the vaccination campaign helped travel demand rebound to pre-covid levels.
Its data suggests there was a more than 400% increase in advance airline ticket bookings across India for December. The preferred domestic destinations for weddings are Gulmarg, Goa, Udaipur, Jaipur, Mussoorie, Shimla, Nainital, Corbett, Rishikesh and Port Blair. Reservations have increased by 50% at these destinations.
The most popular international destinations are Dubai, Colombo, Maldives, Moscow, Paris and Switzerland. There is also a growing interest in places in Europe for destination weddings. Bookings for these locations, the company added, increased by 30%.
The top five hotels booked during this period were largely in Rajasthan and with current travel restrictions and security concerns, many weddings that would otherwise have taken place at international venues are now being held here. The company said they were Oberoi Udavilas in Udaipur, ITC Grand Bharat in Gurugram, Taj Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, Leela Palace in Jaipur and Taj Lake Palace, also in Udaipur.
The period between November and December also saw an increase in air fares of around 20%. Prashant Pitti, co-founder of the company, said there was a significant improvement in demand and passenger traffic, especially during the current wedding season and that this segment is one of the biggest contributors. important to the growth of travel and hotel bookings.
“Rising capacity limits and increasing the number of vaccinations have been a major factor in the surge in wedding travel bookings. Travel sentiment is picking up sharply and we expect this momentum to continue as well. ‘next year,’ he said.
While small intimate weddings are currently being held, if things stay the same, large-scale weddings are expected to make a full recovery by early next year.
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