Delhiites splurge big-time on new year vacays | Travel

While Goa retains its favorite status for many looking to usher in the New Year, travel agents report that many Delhiites are planning to head abroad to some of Southeast Asia’s most visited destinations, including Thailand and Singapore, in addition to evergreen vacation spots including Dubai.

“Earlier it was Covid-19 but now finally we will celebrate Christmas and New Year on a cruise,” shares Ashish Gupta, a Delhi-based logistics professional who is going to Singapore with his family. He adds, “My daughter has only been to the Maldives and has not seen anything else. The best thing is that it is not far from Delhi, is child-friendly and not very cold.

“Phuket and Krabi are quite popular,” says Manish Rana, a Delhi-based travel agent, adding: “After Covid-19, everyone feels they have one life to try to travel and enjoy to the fullest. Yeh December poora packed hai Thailand ki bookings se. Among home places, Mussoorie almost full hai, followed by Jim Corbett and Nainital. Even popular hotels in Delhi-NCR get booked super fast. Jaipur mein bache huye rooms jaldi sold out ho jayenge.

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Confirming the trend, Kapil Gupta, a Gurugram-based travel agent, says: “Thailand has opened up to travel, so we can see this. Even Dubai has many attractions like the Museum of the Future, which sells out super fast. Agar House Travel ke rates mein Thailand jane ko mil jaye, toh kaun nahi jana chahega? We also get inquiries for Goa, Andaman and Kerala. Another Gurugram-based travel agent, Himit Jain adds, “Thailand is really happening this New Year. You have two direct flights to Bangkok and Phuket, so people also get options.

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A positive consumer sentiment has driven a three-fold surge in demand for fixed packages, observed Rajeev Kale, President and Country Head, Holidays, MICE, Visa – Thomas Cook (India) Limited. He adds, “Europe continues to be a favorite for Christmas and New Year, followed by Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Vietnam and Cambodia are also witnessing an uptick.

“The international flight segment has recovered by 75% and is expected to continue towards full recovery here. The UAE, Thailand and Singapore have emerged as the most traveled destinations for Indians for the varied experiences they offer,” says Vipul Prakash, Chief Operating Officer at MakeMyTrip. He adds that in the domestic segment, Goa, Jaipur, Udaipur, Varanasi, Mysuru, Puducherry and Amritsar are the most sought after.

“Many from Delhi-NCR are interested in cruises this time, and they prefer options that allow them to stay three to four nights in places like Singapore,” shares Jain.

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Kale agrees that cruises, which include all-inclusive vacations with entertainment, dining and shore excursions without the hassles of check-in/check-out and transfers, are quickly gaining attention. “Popular international cruise lines include Mediterranean cruises, Scandinavian cruises, Royal Caribbean cruises in the Bahamas and Singapore roundtrip via Malaysia on Genting Dream Cruises. Cruise ships from Europe, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are also in demand,” he says.

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