International destinations such as Dubai and Sri Lanka have also seen increased demand for this long weekend.

According to the recent data shared by EaseMyTrip, there is a 40%-50% increase in airfare bookings for the upcoming Holi long weekend across the country, compared to the same period last year. If you had to guess, this could be strong evidence of the underlying pent-up travel demand. With the number of Covid cases falling significantly and international travel resuming, there has also been an increase in last minute travel bookings. It seems that demand will continue to grow in the coming days as people are still aware of new pandemic waves.

The data shows that people show a preference for 5-star hotels during the Holi weekend. This is understandable as there is an increasing need for higher standards of decontamination. Bookings to and from states like Goa, Kashmir, Himachal have seen a 40% increase in bookings. International destinations such as Dubai and Sri Lanka have also seen increased demand for this long weekend. About 30-40% of these people opt for flexible bookings and cancellation or refund policies.

Nishant Pitti, CEO and co-founder of EaseMyTrip, stated that the surge in travel bookings during this period highlights the growing sentiment among travelers to go on vacation. Pitti said a huge surge in demand is expected in the coming months.

“We have witnessed a 50% increase in airfare bookings for this long weekend, which is further supported by the easing of travel restrictions. Travel sentiment is strongly reviving as we witness an increasing demand for unusual and international destinations, which is an optimistic step towards full travel normality. This momentum will continue as we expect pent-up demand for travel to continue throughout the year, contributing to the much-needed revival of the industry,” said Pitti.


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