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Pune: international travel bookings, After 6 months,inquiries start picking up

International leisure travel enquiries and appointments from the city have gotten without precedent for a half year, however India proceeds with its ban on trips past fringes.

Enquiries for traveling abroad have flooded by 40% to half (harsh assessments from online travel gateways and travel organizations) through the administration’s “air bubbles”, the main way residents can go to explicit global objections openly and in any event, for recreation.

Nikhil Thakurdas, CEO, Odyssey Tours and Travels, said, “India has established travel bubbles with various countries, out of which Dubai and the Maldives are currently witnessing the highest traction due to fewer preconditions before travel, the most important being no quarantine requirements for the traveler after reaching the destination.”

Thakurdas said, “In addition, the ease of travel with direct flights between India to Dubai and the Maldives is adding to the demand for the two destinations.”

Thakurdas said that from zero recreation travel inquiries for as long as a half year till as late as prior this month, his firm has been getting 10-15 questions during every one of the recent weeks for Dubai and the Maldives.

“Of these, we have already made a couple of bookings for Dubai for the upcoming long weekend, and another for the Maldives in November 2020. Many of the enquires are expected to translate into actual bookings. The Maldives has no requirement for a RT-PCR test and has a visa-on -arrival facility for Indians, which explains the number of queries for the destination for the coming season,” he said.

For Dubai, the main necessity for Indians is a negative RT-PCR test and, obviously, a vacationer visa.

Rajnish Kumar, fellow benefactor of online travel gateway ixigo, revealed to TOI that it has seen a month on month spike of 57% in scan enquiries in September for worldwide travel, the top objections being Dubai, London, Bangkok, the Maldives and Kuala Lumpur among others.

“Most of the places people are searching for fall under the international travel bubble arrangements that India has with other countries. Also, most searches are for travel in the next three months,” Kumar said.

Santosh Gupta, owner of Shree Vinayak Holidays, said, “We have now started taking bookings for destinations like Dubai and the Maldives. We have seen a 40% increase in enquiries for international destinations this week in comparison to last week. Enquiries are for leisure travel during November, December this year, and January to March 2021. We have made a leisure travel booking for Dubai for December as well. Flyers need a negative RT-PCR test for both, going to Dubai and again, for coming back to India.”

Gupta said that before Covid-19, people would make bookings almost 5-6 months in advance. “This has changed now, with bookings made a month or so in advance,” he said.

A city-based occasion the board firm is taking around 50 of its customers to the Maldives in December this year.

“We have booked half of a resort and are in the process of booking a chartered plane for the same. This is a leisure trip for the clients , a much needed break from the months of being at home,” the firm’s director said.

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