Published on : Saturday, February 12, 2022
Summer is approaching and thus, vacations are around the corner. But with the pandemic playing villain, all hopes are pinned on 2022 for coming back of the big summer holiday. Tour operators have opined that the signs are promising as the tourism sector is already seeing a revival after the third wave.
“There was a brief gap in January due to the third wave of infections. But people have started planning for the April-May summer vacations. Most people are looking at domestic tourism, mainly Himalayan destinations such as Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, etc.,” said Aravind Kumar, managing partner, Crimson Holidays.
He added that a few “bravehearts” are even considering international destinations like Europe. “Thailand is open, but connectivity is a problem from Bengaluru right now. In fact, demand is only there for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Dubai due to connectivity,” Kumar added.
The present trend, he said, is of premium resorts selling at premium prices since people are not traveling abroad.
“Many are not waiting for summer either. With work from home and online classes still on, people are doing the same from tourist destinations,” Mr.Aravind added.
Enquiries have started but with international destinations not opened except Dubai and Maldives, and all flights not operational, domestic destinations are witnessing promising times. Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are popular destinations because of winter tourism.
By March – April, tourism is expected to be back to the levels that were seen in the October to December 2021 before the Omicron variant surfaced, said M. Ravi, founder member of Karnataka Tourism Society.
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