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46% of respondents in India want to travel in October-December even as only six per cent of them have booked, indicating that most of them can look for last-minute deals on the road or You can choose to travel. , according to a survey. Also read- Indians can now fly to Germany. View Latest COVID Guidelines Here
Amid Covid Third Wave Scare Around 46% Indians Plan To Travel In October-December, Says Survey
The survey conducted by online platform LocalCircles also revealed that the festive season (October-December) may see a 60 per cent increase in citizens traveling as compared to the monsoon season (August-September). Also Read – 5 Exciting Places To Visit In Arunachal Pradesh As It Reopens For Travelers
About 34% of the respondents said that they are planning to visit family and friends in October-December. Some of the major festivals in India fall during the period of October-December of the year. It may be mentioned that many families had to cancel their summer travel plans amid the massive surge of the second wave of the pandemic which reached its peak in mid-May, the survey said.
As the country begins to unlock the economy after the outbreak, LocalCircle said, a study conducted by it found that 28% of respondents had planned to travel during August and September.
LocalCircle has conducted yet another survey to understand the travel plans of people from October to December.
Meanwhile the survey also sought to understand how domestic travel is growing through a comparative analysis with a similar survey conducted in July this year, the platform said in a release.
The survey received over 19,000 responses from citizens, comprising 64 per cent males and 36 per cent females from 331 districts – a mix of tier-1, tier-2, tier-3 as well as tier-4 cities.
All the respondents were deemed citizens, who had to be registered with the local circles to participate in the survey, the release said.
The central government has eased most of the travel restrictions after the second wave of COVID-19, except for international travel. According to LocalCircle, while most state governments have completely relaxed travel restrictions, some are still demanding that travelers prepare RT-PCR test reports, if not a double dose of vaccination.
The increase in travel during the festive season is also likely to boost the hospitality sector, which recorded the RevPAR of revenue per available room (RevPAR) during FY21, the lowest in last 22 years, Hotelivate in the release Quoting a report from
According to the survey, there were also 38% citizens who “have no plans to travel during these three months”, and 16% are undecided or can’t say.
“On an overall basis, 46% of citizens are planning to travel during October to December, though only 6% have made their bookings,” LocalCircle said, adding that the journey includes all modes of transport – road, rail. and Hawaii are included.
A similar survey conducted in July found that only 28% of citizens planned to travel during August and September, it said. When the responses given by citizens are aggregated by the type of travel they plan to undertake, 34% are planning to “visit family and friends”, 28% are planning to “vacation”. destination”, and 23% have “another type of travel” according to LocalCircles.
“In short, 48% of citizens have planned to travel during October-December, though only 6% have made their bookings. This indicates that as the festive season progresses, there may be strong demand from airlines, hotels, travel portals.
“Of those who plan to travel in October-December, 34% plan to visit family and friends. A comparative analysis of the latest survey with a survey published in July found that October-December is likely to see a 60% jump in traveling citizens compared to the monsoon season (August-September),” the platform said.
(with PTI inputs)