Someone unknown once said, “I like to stay in bed. There are too many people out there, ”and stays are just that, even when you are on vacation.
Don’t forget, this year too has been a roller coaster as we have seen the second COVID wave and several lockdown phases. But it was also the year when travel took a strong graphical rise. It’s a bit strange but true that in a short time we were able to experience the best times as well as navigate through the test times with our own little lessons.
Great options for staying in India
With markets that revive hotels like
The pink Ganges, who are known for their unparalleled sense of luxury with a range of bespoke experiences like riverside nature walks, hikes, yoga on the white sand beach, meditation, the famous religious aarti at edge of the Ganges, rafting, a spiritual like peregrination as well as visits to organic farms, Sivananda Ashram, Rajaji National Wildlife Park and The Beatles Ashram and more.
Mr. Kush Kapoor, CEO of Roseate Hotels & Resorts, which includes The Roseate Ganges, adds, “We have seen an increase in demand for Staycations as people desperately need vacations. Another welcome trend is that customers are no longer booking the cheapest hotel they can find, these travelers want good value for money experiences. change the dynamics of the industry for good. Most agree that India is the fastest growing market when it comes to providing experiences for travelers. In line with this, Sterling Holiday Resorts has also launched the new Sterling CARES hygiene and sanitation program, which means preparing its resorts to provide safe and fun vacations to its guests. of resorts, it is the largest provider of leisure inventory for the largest OTAs in India.
On top of that, Mr. Vikram Lalvani, Head of Revenue, Sales and Destinations, Sterling Holiday Resorts believes that “exotic destinations within 4-8 hours drive with experiences of all kinds, rooms spacious, green spaces are becoming popular. Large spaces also mean customers can maintain social distancing. Tourists are inclined to discover and experience local culture, activities for their families, friends and reunion groups and many more ”.
With overseas vacations a little off the radar, Indians are focusing more on backyard tourism and rediscovering the beauty of their own country. It certainly acts as a much needed boost for business. Another attractive aspect is that of smart phones, because one could do their job with only their mobile. Of course, more and more are choosing a destination with reliable mobile connectivity, offering lightning-fast 4G and 5G speeds on their handsets and this is a priority when planning a break.
Vista Rooms co-founder Ankita Sheth thinks “Wave 2 was so much more brutal, so yes people are definitely looking to make up for lost time when it comes to relaxation. And this change in the form of a short break in the city or a getaway to a nearby hillside or beach destination is most desired. Our stays are all about finding their home away from home, with home cooked meals, high speed internet connection, laundry services, a taste of local culture, modern comforts of living and our friendly staff. local stay experience always there to make creating lasting memories much easier.
The trend has surely shattered the myth that working from home is not a real scenario, as one in seven can work remotely (70%) and bring their business cell phone on vacation, while let the rest of the lot bring their laptops and so on.
It’s not just for businesses, it’s also the preferred choice for teachers.
Mr. Tarun Gulati, Director, Himalayan Hotels & DJUBO Hotel Tech Suite is of the opinion that “Staycation or Work from Anywhere, as it says, is huge in today’s times. Organizations are realizing the benefits of flexible location and remote working policies. With the greatest acceptance Remote work, Standard Stays also give you the option of traveling even on weekdays. Not to be missed, good internet connectivity, even in remote areas, is a huge draw factor. ”
With all the perks in place, there is surely no more bunking. Breaking the monotony of the blues is the need of the hour. As the industry is more mature, consumers expect better; whether it’s the experience, the user interface, a more personalized approach, etc.
Adding an endnote, Mr. Abinash Manghani, CEO of WelcomHeritage Group, firmly believes that “the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way consumers plan their trips, but there is still an increase in inquiries, bookings for our hotels given the ease of restrictions announced by various states. On weekends, there is always 70-80% occupancy, which is very encouraging. The brand has adopted a proactive approach and has implemented various innovative packages such as
Vacation by car,
Direction the hills to tap into the growing domestic travel market, as well as in partnership with major airlines.
Over time, professionals find creative ways to spend their free time and stop working and playing. Times have changed and it is rightly said that the pandemic has not only changed the nature of work; it has changed the way people spend their vacations.
Author: Ms. Ayandrali Dutta
Ayandrali Dutta, a journalist with over 10 years of experience and also with a degree in psychology, has worked with some of the biggest publishing houses like Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar, India Today, Exchange4media for n ‘name a few, while contributing to many more. She describes herself as a wanderer by passion, a word trainer by profession and a home chef by choice. She believes in capturing moments and freezing them through her stories.