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Tour operators plan new concepts for autumn, winter breaks
NEW DELHI, JUNE 26 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 26 Jun. 2011 10:12 PM IST
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Even as the summer vacations draw to a close, travel agencies are already planning to offer innovative plans for the autumn and winter breaks. Tour operators are pinning their hopes on low-cost carrier Indigo starting international flights connecting Delhi and Mumbai to Thailand, Singapore and Dubai in September.
Today, people opt for multiple holidays in a year, compared to the earlier trend of a single vacation in two to three years. Pai attributed this trend to a shift in the traditional Indian psyche of saving money for future.
While summers are about the long stays, autumn and winters bring in more volumes for travel agencies. Yatra.com is targeting a 50 per cent growth in demand for the holiday season starting October. MakeMyTrip plans to promote Phuket, Bali, Mauritius and Maldives as special winter destinations, Andaman, Kashmir, Goa, the Northeast and Kerala would be promoted as domestic destinations.
Thomas Cook plans to promote Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya as international attractions and the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) and Rajasthan as domestic ones.
Besides the interesting destinations, companies are also planning innovative ways to tap the growing demand. Yatra.com plans to come up with the concept of ‘fly and stay’ for destinations like Goa. This would be a combination of travel and accommodation and would help people explore the destinations on their own, without a tour guide.
During the summer, MakeMyTrip introduced chartered flights to Phuket and Bhutan. Easygo1.com, another online travel platform, had interesting names for their outbound packages like Hong Kong Hungama, Dazzling Dubai and Magic Maldives. Cox and Kings came out with the concept of ‘instant holidays’. Explaining the concept, Karan Anand, head (relationships), Cox and Kings, said,
The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has its plans in place for inbound travel in the autumn and winter seasons to draw foreign tourists from October to December. It is organising road shows and ‘Know India’ seminars in Geneva, Paris and New York in August.

 
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