With six long weekends and three extended weekends in 2016, Goa and Dubai have become the most searched destinations for Indians, according to a report.
“This year is proving to be a splendid year for travellers with 6 long weekends to go, in which Goa, New Delhi and Mumbai have become the most searched domestic destinations for Indians, while Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore are the top three among the overseas places,” according to a report by travel portal Hotels.com.
“As the Indian traveller is conventionally a last minute planner, domestic weekend destination bookings are on the rise with double-digit, benefiting the hotel industry even in the lean travel period,” Hotels.com (India & SEA) Senior Marketing Manager Amit Agarwal said.
Short haul destinations are in top demand due to easy access of flights and that has fuelled demand, witnessing an evident over 50 per cent increase for the Gudi Padwa weekend as an example, he said.
In addition to major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, demand for south India’s cities like Ooty, Chennai and Bengaluru are also on the rise, the report said.
Udaipur, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Agra in Uttar Pradesh and Canacona in South Goa are also popular among travellers this year.
Additionally, in outbound travel destinations Pattaya, Patong, Ko Samui and Krabi in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia are also on the radar for Indian voyagers, it added.
Beside these short haul destinations, London in the UK and Paris in France have also featured in the list of searches by Indian travellers.