Tour operators offer deals and discounts to entice customers

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The online travel agency (OTA) Yatra, for example, offers a range of deals on flights (domestic 10% and international 5%), hotels (up to 55% off up to 5,000 with complimentary room and meal upgrades) and bus services (6% discount package). For holiday packages, discounts can reach up to 60%.

Sabina Chopra, Co-Founder and COO, Corporate Travel & Head Industry Relations, Yatra.com said tour operators and OTAs are offering a wide range of offers and attractive discounts to accelerate domestic tourism demand and improve consumer confidence. .

“With a growing desire to travel and a limited reopening of international borders, the country presents a vast opportunity for domestic travel. There are many places and experiences waiting to be explored and by offering special discounts, we engage and encourage consumers to get out and travel and explore the different national destinations,” she added.

Booking.com is launching a new Flash Deal promotion which is a bi-weekly 36-hour promotion to help travelers save at least 30% at participating properties in India and globally. The first promotion will go live in India from 1:30 a.m. on Friday (August 13, 2021) to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (August 15, 2021).

“With a valid booking window for stays with a departure date through August 13, 2022, travelers can feel safe knowing that Booking.com offers important features like free cancellation (policies vary by facility) and information on cleanliness standards, so they can travel stress-free. and safely as travel restrictions continue to lift in India and around the world,” the company said.

The platform also offers getaway deals for staycations, last-minute and early-booker deals, and special discounted in-app rates from Booking.com.

MakeMyTrip also announced a sale on flights, hotels, taxis, vacations, and more. Customers can win offers every day until August 16.

Meanwhile, Thomas Cook India and its group company, SOTC Travel, have launched the India Holiday Festival offering special discounts from July 28 to August 6, 2021, with bookings open across the omnichannel outlet network, websites, virtual stores and vacation apps.

Offers are available for destinations such as Goa, Andamans, Himachal, Kashmir, Ladakh for family vacations (50%), special honeymoon offers (up to 20% off) for destinations such as Kashmir, Himachal, Rajasthan, Kerala and North East plus Adventure Cycling, Camping and Wildlife Packages (up to 10% off) in destinations such as Manali-Leh-Srinagar, Sitlakhet, Uttarakhand and Yercaud, Tamil Nadu , among others.

While luxury vacations are also offered (up to 20% off) at places like Kanha and Bandhavgarh Wildlife Tour.

He also announced a two-pronged program – BOGO (buy one, get one free) on international destinations such as the Maldives, Egypt and Russia and book domestic holidays and get a free stay in the purpose of motivating more people to travel.

Rajeev Kale, President and Head of Country – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) noted that Indians are basically looking for bargains, and to accelerate demand and drive conversions.

“…we have already seen a significant increase of 500% in July compared to June. For our domestic tours, we have included unique/non-standard elements which are free of charge, aimed at boosting bookings – such as the zip line in Ladakh, a special photoshoot, an apple orchard lunch in Manali, a sea ​​cart ride in the Andamans, etc. “, he added.

Thomas Cook has also partnered with hotel chains like Taj and Accor with a two-pronged strategy focusing on health and safety to boost traveler confidence and attractive offers to catalyze demand.

“With the upcoming festive season being the second biggest holiday season for Indians, our intention is to translate the positive sentiment into transactions – and in addition to our offerings, we have also included value additions like a festive menu special and delicacies that are served on tour,” added Kale.

“While travel has resumed for many people, the rewarding offers, unprecedented added values ​​and enticing offers we have rolled out are not only enticing followers of closure, but proactively helping to persuade those who often seek but are yet to book their trip,” said Sunil Suresh, Marketing Director, MakeMyTrip and Goibibo.

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