August is scheduled to be, rainy or sunny, the month of travel

With the long weekend coming up, tour operators are noticing an increase in bookings

With the long weekend coming up, tour operators are noticing an increase in bookings

Bengaluru

The long weekend between August 11 and August 15 will see Bengaluru residents out in hordes, as government and private travel regulators report a huge jump in bookings. The hardly plunging rain was not a dampener for those bitten by the travel bug.

Most of the properties belonging to Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Jungle Lodge Resorts (JLR) were overbooked during the first two weeks of the month. All package trips to Tirupati offered by Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) are 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-Ramameshwaram-Kanyakumari, Mysuru- Ooty-Kodaikanal, Sigandhore and Jog Falls tours by KSTDC have a large number of bookings over the weekend.

“Across the state, and in most of the tourist spots, we cannot find even one empty room. There is a huge boom this month compared to last month. There is great demand for Mysuru and Madikeri followed by coastal areas and spots of North Karnataka. There is a huge boom in Mysuru and Madikeri followed by the coastal areas and spots of North Karnataka,” said T Venkatesh, Director of Tourism Department. The number of international tourists has also increased.

We have received inquiries from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and other states. For the first two weeks of August all our properties were 100% booked. Manojkumar, Managing Director, JLR, said that in the last two weeks, so far, 85% of it has been booked. He said Kabini, Bandipur, Bhimeshwari Nature Camp and Kali Tiger Reserve are some of the destinations in high demand.

Millennium crowd

Along with families, the millennial crowd is also eager to travel this month. Smaller vacations and accommodations are in high demand, private tour officials report. A survey conducted by Thomas Cook (India) showed that 69% of respondents were keen to travel during the second weekend of the month. About 66% of them wanted to travel to domestic destinations while 34% preferred short international flights. The company also saw a doubling from last month in the number of long weekend bookings.

Domestically, demand is at an all-time high for locations such as Kashmir, Leh Ladakh, Kerala, Goa and Andaman. Closer to home and easy visa destinations like Dubai and Abu Dhabi; “Island destinations such as the Maldives, Mauritius and Southeast Asian destinations such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are the top favorites of our Bengaluru customers for the upcoming long weekend,” said Santhush Kanna, Vice President, Leisure Travel – Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.

Experts say that according to current trends, good days are waiting for the tourism industry for at least two months (until Dasara vacation).

“So far, we have nearly 6000 flights with us from Bangalore for the weekend of 11-15 days and we anticipate a 30-40% increase in bookings in the coming days,” said Rykant Petty, co-founder of EaseMyTrip.

He added that the monsoons boosted the interest in travel because it raised the scenic beauty of the places.

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