New Delhi : This week, a family of four from South India will fly for their annual summer vacation to Switzerland, France and Austria. During the last two years of the pandemic, the couple and their two teenagers did not take an international vacation.This time, a business family who likes to travel stylishly is bombarding Rs 320,000 for a 12-day vacation. This is almost double the amount paid in 2019 for a similar trip.

According to travel agency Pathfinders Holidays, most families planning a vacation have a surge in vacation costs, so Europe and other favorite international destinations (such as the United Kingdom, Australia and even South Africa). Almost double the budget for travel to.

Still, travel agencies have seen a significant surge in demand from Indian tourists for overseas travel. Ticket prices will in some cases nearly double that of the summer of 2019, and hotel hiking rates will be 30-40%. Average of places visited frequently by Indians.

Karan Vakharia, director of Pathfinders Holidays, said flight and hotel costs are rising rapidly. “It can be difficult to maintain customer prices due to the high demand. However, customers spend more than 100% and hotel prices rise by 30-40%. It’s not undesired. “

According to Indiva Lastgi, President and Group Head of Global Business Travel for Thomas Cook (India) and SOTC, flights are especially due to record fuel prices and unreturned flights available. The surge in demand has pushed up airfare to pre-pandemic levels. The favorite destinations for Indian travelers are Switzerland, France and Italy, followed by the United Kingdom, Egypt, Turkey and the United States. Flights to these locations will be 25-30% higher, but fares to Abu Dhabi and Dubai will increase by 25%, Rustogi said. He added that flights to Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives will remain at about the same level as 2019.

Arun Ashok, regional head of India and the Middle East for online travel agency Luxury Escapes, said the average order value (AOV) for major destinations surged by about 25% in the Maldives and about 13% in Thailand from 2019 figures. Said that he did. “But nowhere else is this increase as sharp as Dubai, where AOV has increased by more than 60%. For travel from April to June this year, these are about the same in the two periods 2022 and 2019. We looked at the average length of stay for each of our destinations, “he said.

According to Ashok, the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Maldives are the top three destinations searched on the platform, all significantly higher than in 2019 in terms of search interest (+ respectively). 32%, + 82%, + 62%).

Daniel Douza, President and Country Head of Holidays at SOTC Travel, added that the overall cost of holiday travel has risen by 25-40% across the country. But he hopes this will stabilize, and airlines are gradually increasing capacity and routes. He said short-haul favorites are skyrocketing, witnessing demand for Dubai, Abu Dhabi-Yas Island, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam and corresponding increases in vacation costs. Vacation costs increase by 10% for medium-haul destinations such as Turkey and Egypt, but 25% for long-haul destinations such as Europe, the United States and Australia.

Rakshit Desai, India’s managing director of travel retailer FlightCenter Travel Group, said airfares have risen the most in Canada and the United States, averaging 80-90% higher than pre-provided fares. I did.

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