NEW DELHI: Still circumspect about year end travel? More offers are on the way that may change your mind.
From Special Bubble holidays which promise end-to-end tailored services to 72 hour flash sales offering complimentary nights and upto 40% off at select five star hotels, more promotions are being rolled out by chains and travel companies as the holiday season approaches.
After MakeMyTrip launched Special Bubble Holidays, a new travel concept to give all-inclusive options to travelers starting with Goa last week, Thomas Cook and SOTC launched the 72 hour Holiday Flash Sale from December 5 – 7 with ‘attractive prices’ on air-inclusive holidays (starting at Rs 11,790 for domestic and Rs 32 850 for international holidays) and up to 25% discounts on visa and Covid-negative certification services.
The offers also include upto 40% off on select properties and free sightseeing wherever applicable besides other services, the companies said.
Rajeev Kale, president and country head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) said the company’s 72 Hour Holiday Flash Sale has registered a surge in sales.
“Our daily sales average is up by 100%. Traffic to our website has increased by 40% and leads are up by 50%,” he said.
Kale added that bookings have been received not just from India’s metro cities, but also tier two and three cities such as Ludhiana, Lucknow, Dehradun, Nashik, Nagpur and Baroda and Guwahati. “This augurs well for re-emergence of the sector,” he added.
The ‘100% Back’ offer at ITC Hotels allows guests to book at any of the participating ITC Hotels and Welcomhotels, and receive the entire amount as hotel credits that can be redeemed towards experiences including food and beverages, spa treatments and other services.
The chain said the offer will provide consumers flexibility by giving them hotel credits that can be utilized against services as per their choice, during the course of their stay.
100% Back is available across over 15 ITC Hotels and Welcomhotels at over 10 destinations including ITC Maurya in Delhi, ITC Grand Goa, ITC Rajputana in Jaipur, ITC Mughal in Agra, Welcomhotel Amritsar and ITC Royal Bengal.
Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) has rolled out the Christmas and new year offer only for city hotels across all brands – Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta hotels and select Ginger hotels. The offer includes an upgrade to the next category, daily hotel credits and 20% off on spa and salon and flexible cancellations.
Nikhil Sharma, regional director, Eurasia at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts EMEA said as the end of year is approaching, the chain currently has its ‘Travel Again’ promotion available, which offers 15% off Wyndham’s best available rates when guests stay two nights or more at participating hotels. Bookings can be made until 31 December 2020 for stays through 31 March, 2021. He said Wyndham has implemented flexible booking and cancellation policies, which allow travellers to book with ease in the current climate. Wyndham also recently launched Wyndham Easy Book, a business-to-business solution for small to mid-size businesses in India and across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa with discounted rates across destinations.
Daniel D’souza, president and country head, leisure at SOTC Travel said Indian travellers are price conscious. “They also seek value in their holiday package and their preference of holiday duration is between 4-11 days. Maldives, Dubai, Goa, Andaman, Himachal, Rajasthan and Kerala are in good demand. With the opening up of international destinations, we have received not just queries, but also encouraging bookings for Egypt for travel in December. We have seen approximately 25-30 % bookings with the introduction of the flash sale,” he said.
He said customer benefits offered have included minimal booking amounts, EMI options, hotel upgrades, complimentary child stay, a doctor on call service (24×7) in association with Apollo Clinics and the overseas medical insurance cover including Covid-19 related hospitalization.
Kerrie Hannaford – VP commercial at Accor for India & South Asia said as part of its ‘For the Love of Now, For the Love of Travel’ campaign, Accor is rolling out a new offer called ‘For the Love of Celebrations’. The offer goes live on December 11 and the chain will provide discounts and benefits for guests and additional incentives for members. “As we are witnessing a trend of last-minute bookings, we are certain this offer will be beneficial for our hotels as well as guests for the Christmas and new year holidays,” she added.
MakeMyTrip had tied up with AirAsia India and IHCL to launch the first special bubble holiday to Goa for Christmas last week.
The company said the curated package will include prior Covid-testing, sanitized cabs for transfers, charter flights with middle rows vacant, MySafety assured luxury stays besides other services from Delhi to Goa.