The resort chain has seen strong bookings since the end of the third wave of COVID
Luxury resort chain Leisure Hotels Group is expecting a peak summer season this year. The group recorded strong bookings after the end of the third wave of Covid19 in February and is optimistic that bookings for April, May and June this year would exceed even pre-pandemic levels. The Group anticipates a complete recovery of its activity in the summer quarter.
He attributes the increase to pent-up demand for summer trips from northern India. Additionally, Kumaon’s first direct air connectivity in Uttarakhand with major metropolitan cities in India including Dehradun, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai as well as Pantnagar Airport and Bareilly Airport is also a factor that adds momentum, as well as connecting flights. with Hyderabad, Goa, Varanasi, Jaipur and Lucknow.
“The summer heat set in early and people are fleeing to the hills to beat the summer heat waves. We are seeing strong demand in all hill destinations and have advance bookings in record numbers for May and June. Moreover, Pantnagar Airport is now well connected with daily flights from several airlines to major hubs like Delhi and Dehradun, which has facilitated travel for tourists coming to the Himalayan state. Bareilly Airport is also now open for direct commercial flights and has cut the overall travel time for citizens of Mumbai and Bengaluru in half,” said Vibhas Prasad, Group Director of Leisure Hotels.
The group’s growth factors are mainly Uttarakhand’s increased air connectivity with major cities and revenge trend among domestic tourists. Things seem to be looking up on all fronts, including business travel, MICE, social gatherings and entertaining, as well as leisure travel, staycations, long weekend getaways, vacations summer and adventure, to name a few.
“We are seeing remarkable 1.5x growth in demand on a weekly basis across our portfolio since March. The current wave of bookings is expected to last until the end of the summer holidays. We are cautiously optimistic that the resumption of travel and tourism activities will continue uninterrupted and are closely monitoring Covid19 cases in Delhi-NCR,” Prasad added.