Weekend travel

Rain or shine, August will be the month of travel

Rain or shine, August will be the month of travel

With the long weekend ahead, tour guides are seeing an increase in bookings

With the long weekend ahead, tour guides are seeing an increase in bookings

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The long weekend between August 11 and August 15 will see residents of Bengaluru depart in hordes, with government and private tour operators reporting a surge in bookings. The driving rains were hardly a deterrent to those bitten by the travel bug.

Most properties belonging to Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Jungle Lodge Resorts (JLR) were overbooked for the first two weeks of the month. All Tirupathi Package Tours offered by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) were 100% booked during the long weekend.

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With Raksha Bandhan on August 11 and Independence Day on August 15, travelers are taking full advantage of the long weekend. Madhurai – Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari tour and Mysuru – Ooty – Kodaikanal, Sigandhore and Jog Falls tours by KSTDC have a high number of bookings during the weekend.

“Statewide, at most tourist spots, we are unable to find a single empty room. There is a huge boom this month compared to last month. Mysuru and Madikeri are in high demand, followed by coastal regions and spots in North Karnataka International tourists have also increased,” said T. Venkatesh, Director of Tourism Department.

“We have received requests from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and other states. For the first two weeks of August, all of our properties are 100% booked. The next two weeks, to date, have been 85% booked,” said Manojkumar, Managing Director of JLR. He said Kabini, Bandipur, Bheemeshwari Nature Camp and Kali Tiger Reserve are some of the most requested destinations.

millennial crowd

Besides families, the working millennial crowd is also eager to travel this month. Mini-vacations and staycations are in high demand, private tour guides have reported. A survey conducted by Thomas Cook (India), showed that 69% of their respondents wanted to travel on the second weekend of the month. About 66% of them wanted to travel to domestic destinations while 34% of them preferred short international trips. The company also saw the number of long weekend bookings double from last month.

“On the home front, demand is at an all-time high for places like Kashmir, Leh Ladakh, Kerala, Goa and Andaman. Closer and visa-friendly destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi; island destinations like the Maldives and Mauritius and South East Asian destinations like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are the top preferences of our Bengaluru customers for the upcoming long weekend,” said Santhosh Kanna, Vice Chairman, Leisure Travel – Thomas Cook (India) Limited.

Experts say that based on current trends, good days are ahead for the tourism industry for at least the next two months (until the Dasara holiday).

“So far we have nearly 6,000 flight bookings with us from Bangalore for the long weekend 11-15 and we expect bookings to increase by 30-40% in the coming days,” said said Rikant Pitti, co-founder of EaseMyTrip.

He added that the monsoon has further boosted interest in travel as it has enhanced the beauty of the place.

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