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Long weekends getaways becoming a norm for Indians

DELHI

With a four-day long weekend with Mahavir Jayanti-Easter weekend beginning Friday and another one on April 14 with Ambedkar Jayanti, many are again trying to catch a break.

Mohit Gupta – head, online business, MakeMyTrip.com, told DNA, “Hectic lifestyles and conflicting schedules have led to weekend travel picking up in a big way. It allows the whole family, or working couples to take a short trip without the hassle of coordinating their leave.”

Yogendra Vasupal, founder and CEO, Stayzilla.com, said, “During any long weekend compared to a regular weekend, we see at least 2x increase in bookings. From metros and Tier I cities, the preferences are usually for a distance within 300 km, while from Tier II the preference is for within 150 km. For this week, we have seen a 70% surge in bookings. We expect last minute bookings to go up by 90% this week.”

A recent survey by travel review site HolidayIQ found that 75% of Indian travellers like travelling for three days or less.

Neelu Singh, COO, Ezeego1.com, an online travel portal, told DNA, “A long list of extended weekends, coupled with higher disposable incomes and innumerable destination options have made weekend getaways quite the norm amongst Indian travellers. This year, 30-35% of the traffic on our website was for weekend getaways alone, with Goa, Kerala and Ladakh getting the maximum bookings. In fact, over 20% of our domestic bookings during the first quarter of this year have been for the long weekends.”

Musafir Namah Bureau

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