New Delhi, Dec 21 (IEBusiness) The demand for cooler weather destinations has shot up this time with a whopping 133 per cent increase in bookings to the hill stations as compared to corresponding period last year, Oyo Hotels and Homes said.
OYO Travel Index 2018 revealed that Shimla tops the list of cold destinations followed by Shillong, Gangtok, Mussoorie, Ooty, Dalhousie, among others, this winter having recorded a whopping 104 per cent higher bookings in total this season.
The increase in solo travel this season is a result of various factors namely the appeal of an adventurous experience that allows one to explore new destinations and savour some quality ‘me time’, flexibility at work where individuals are allowed to work remotely as well as the ease of booking hotels across geographies at the push of a button.
Besides chilly destinations, people are planning travel to beach destinations too such as Goa, Puri, Pondicherry, Port-Blair, Alappuzha and Digha. These destinations have seen a 66 per cent increase in bookings as compared to the 2017 winter holiday season.
Interestingly, colder destinations are witnessing an increasing trend of couple as well as family vacationers when compared to beach destinations. The travel index reveals that there is a 99 per cent increase in couple and 106 per cent in family travellers to colder cities whereas the increase is 71 per cent and 63 per cent for couple and family travellers to beach cities respectively.