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Hotel rooms in tourist spots in demand over long weekends

MUMBAI

Hotel rooms are being lapped up across tourist destinations in the country and its neighbourhood as the number of Indians who take to travel during long weekends seems to be on a steady rise. As compared to last year, the coming October 2 public holiday has brought about a four-fold increase in hotel bookings at tourist destinations, an online travel portal said.

This year, Gandhi Jayanti happens to dovetail with a weekend, and it seems an increasing number of weary office-goers have decided to avail of the opportunity to take a short break. “Airfares have jumped, especially those to Bangkok. No air tickets are available from Mumbai to Bangkok on the night of October 1. Similarly, there are no return tickets from Bangkok for October 6,” said Anoop Kanuga of Bathija Travels. “For other days, those booking now to fly to Bangkok have to shell out 50-60% more on airfares, compared to those who booked in advance,” he said. The only good news is that since Bangkok has no dearth of hotel rooms, there has not been a great jump in hotel tariffs. On the domestic front, predictably, fares on the Mumbai-Delhi route have cooled down, while those to tourist destinations have shot up.

Full report here Times of India

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