Monsoon no more a hindrance, 27% jump in holiday bookings in India

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New Delhi: The monsoon season in India, usually considered lean for the travel industry, hasn’t seen any downtrend this year. Rather, the travel chart seems to be picking up, with 27% growth in holiday bookings in 2017.

According to an annual monsoon survey conducted by an online travel portal, a majority of Indians travelled overseas during the monsoon this year.

As per the data offered by MakeMyTrip, the fastest emerging destinations for this seasons were – Havelock (Andaman and Nicobar), Kasol (Himachal Pradesh, Neemrana (Rajasthan), Silvassa (the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli) and Lansdown (Uttarakhand).

For the domestic travel, the data revealed that Goa, Manali (Himachal Pradesh), Mysore (Karnataka), Ooty (Tamil Nadu) and Shimla (HP) were the top leisure destinations preferred by Indians during the monsoon this year.

When it came to international vacations for monsoon holidays, short haul destinations like Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia remained the clear favourites.

The survey also found that 43 per cent Indians believe that relaxation during holidays is the key reason to travel, underlining the urban Indian’s need to escape the grind of everyday life.