Kolkata, May 7: OYO Hotels and Homes, South Asia's largest and the world’s 6th largest and fastest-growing chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes and living spaces today released Q1 travel booking index highlighting how Indians have planned their travel in the upcoming summer months.
The index revealed a 119 per cent increase in overall bookings vis a vis the same booking period last year (January - March) highlighting the growing trend amongst Indians planning their summer vacations months in advance.
An OYO was booked every 0.50 seconds and Goa, Delhi and Bengaluru emerged as top booked destinations. Interestingly, Goa, as the top destination, received maximum traction from Bengaluru and Pune and the maximum bookings were made by couples followed by families. Also, app bookings were 28.8 times of desktop showcasing the growing preference of Indians to use an app to make bookings against other channels.
Interestingly, a deep dive into few offbeat, non-commercial destinations revealed Coorg as the most booked city amongst other top contenders like Chail, Almora, Alwar, Chikmagalur, Coorg, Yercaud with a 159 per cent increase in bookings vis a vis last year. Index highlights that these offbeat destinations are most preferred by couples given the scenic beauty and great weather. Estimates also reveal that the budget category hotels are scoring high in bookings.
On the growing popularity of Summer bookings and the interesting trends, Aditya Ghosh, CEO, India and SA, OYO Hotels and Homes, said, “Summer vacations with family and friends have been an intrinsic part of everyone’s lives growing up. We, Indians, look at this as an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and are always looking at different ways to make the experience special. What we’ve noticed is that the discerning Indian traveller today invests a lot of time planning the summer vacation months in advance. '
'At OYO, we value and understand the need for affordable good quality travel and accommodation options and are constantly working towards making stays comfortable and hassle-free at affordable prices across the country. Our range of properties right from hotels, homes to resorts ensure that we create quality living spaces for everyone,”he added.
OYO Summer Booking Index also throws light on consumer behaviour and trends in the international markets. Kuala-Lumpur, Jakarta and Kathmandu registered maximum bookings in Malaysia, Indonesia and Nepal respectively. Nepal recorded a 220.8 per cent increase in bookings in comparison to last year. (UNI)