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Travel agencies want to cash in on IPL fever

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More travel and tour companies in India are looking to cash in on cricket fever ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL)’s seventh season phase-1 to be hosted in the starting April 16. Twenty matches will be played over two weeks in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. .

Travel companies are offering packages that include visas, flights, hotels, transport to and from the stadiums, and tours of Dubai complete with desert safari and a dhow cruise. Some firms even offer the much sought-after match tickets.

“We are offering a minimum of three nights’ stay,” said Nalin Sharma, a sales representative of Holiday Travel in Chandigarh, a city in north India. “We offer air tickets, hotel stay, sightseeing and visas. We also drop off and pick up from stadiums.”  Sharma said his company’s travel packages start from Dh2,740. They went on sale as soon as the IPL tour of the UAE was announced. “It was an opportunity for us to capture the market. We have had a lot of enquiries,” he said.

Staff at another travel company, in Haryana in north India, said they were hoping their packages would be a hit with Indian cricket fans. “It is a gift for cricket lovers to make the trip enjoyable for them as well as for their loved ones,” said Deepak Malguri, a sales representative of Lush Trip, whose packages start at Dh1,200 per person. Malguri said Lush Trip would try to arrange IPL tickets for its clients.

Tour companies in the UAE have not been slow to tap into the IPL mania either. Lama Tours has bookings for 2,500 people, mostly from Delhi, and expect this number to reach 8,000 in the coming days. “It is the first time here that cricket is being watched for entertainment rather than as a game,” said Kulwant Singh, the managing director of Lama Tours, whose packages start at Dh735.

Read the full report here, The National

 

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