Vaccine jabs have brought back confidence in many citizens with many pursuing their travel plans once again, especially in the last one and half months when a large number of people in the age group of 18-44 years received their shots.
Fuelling domestic travel, businessmen and corporate professionals have been making visits to and fro from the city, while leisure travel has also started. “Also, immigrants are coming back to Hyderabad, Bengaluru and other big cities. For immigrants and citizens of other countries, it is easy to enter India and even go return. So, they are travelling. Only now Qatar and Saudi Arabia have opened up with the precondition of travellers having taken two doses. This is also fuelling travel in addition to some heading to Dubai,” said Abdul Majid Faheem, chairman, Telangana and AP chapter of Tour Agents’ Federation of India.
Within the country, citizens have been travelling largely to the north for leisure. “I have had bookings for Manali, Dalhousie and Goa even when the 18 plus age group was not vaccinated. In fact, majority of the people wanting to travel for leisure are spending higher amounts as they want the holiday to be perfect. Many say that since they have waited a lot for the holiday, they want a completely pre-planned travel schedule,” said Mohd Kazeem, an independent tour operator. As compared to Rs 30,000-40,000 per person, people are now willing to spend even double the amount for a three-day trip.
For visitors to Hyderabad, the lesser number of Covid-19 cases have helped them make a travel decision. “I was to visit an aunt in Hyderabad for a long time and finally did it after I got the first dose. My parents have already been vaccinated, so we finally made the visit in July first week. Also, the fact that Hyderabad is a safe zone compared to other places helped,” Serina David, a professional from Pune, said.
In fact, a survey by a bus booking app, Abhibus, has shown a 60% surge in demand in June and Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Chennai among others have been the most preferred travel destinations. “Nearly 55% of travellers (in June) reported to be completely vaccinated and an additional 32% have received the first dose of vaccine. After Bengaluru, Hyderabad is the most preferred destination. Currently, business and professional travel still forms the bulk of this uptick in demand with slight increase in non-professional and leisure travel,” said Rohit Sharma, COO,AbhiBus.
A survey by a bus booking app, Abhibus, has shown a 60% surge in demand in June and Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Chennai among others have been the most preferred travel destinations.