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How to lock your flight fares, travel like royalty! This festive season is all about flexibility and air travel

Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles &amp Orient Express highlights that many extraordinary resort projects are generating headlines with the opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles The Palm, Dubai.( Image: Raffles The Palm, Dubai)

It’s straightforward to bask in festive vibes this season and travel like royalty! With more and more men and women keen to travel abroad, there is also an escalating demand surge in the course of the festive season and extended weekends. Digital travel platforms such as MakeMyTrip, Agoda and Booking.com are rolling out exclusive initiatives to hold the uptick in travel demand more personalised and very affordable.

According to Rajesh Magow, MakeMyTrip’s Co-Founder &amp Group CEO, “Flexibility is the future of travel. It is how we want to build demand and put consumer confidence in booking travel freely just as people did before the Covid pandemic.”



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For instance, MakeMyTrip’s most recent partnership with Hopper, one of the major travel booking apps, enables travellers to save dollars with versatile travel booking possibilities and personalised suggestions.

Flyers are increasingly adopting the usage of MakeMyTrip not too long ago launched Price Lock feature to lock flight fares for up to seven days whilst in the course of action of finalising their travel plans for the coming months.

Frederic Lalonde, CEO &amp Co-Founder of Hopper expresses an optimistic travel outlook, “Consumer expectations have changed over the last year. Flexibility is a make-it or break-it factor for travellers. Our Price Freeze technology will empower travellers on MakeMyTrip to plan their trips with peace of mind.”

Not just domestic destinations, international leisure destinations are also witnessing a clear surge in bookings.

Daniel D’Souza, President and Country Head, SOTC Travel tells MonetaryExpress.com, “With the number of fully vaccinated travellers on the rise, coupled with reopening of borders, confidence in air travel is on the rise. We are witnessing a surge in bookings for air inclusive travels to Dubai, Maldives, Europe etc for international destinations.”

Air Travel self-assurance is back!

The festive-inspired travel resurgence has been in the operates for a whilst as indicated by an uptick in demand for travel bookings.

Rajesh Kale, President &amp Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook India welcomed the Government of India’s announcement of permitting domestic carriers to operate at one hundred per cent of their pre-COVID capacity from October 18, 2021.

In his words, “With consumer confidence and a surge in demand for the Dussehra-Diwali and Christmas-New Year season, the announcement could not have come at a better time.”

“From a corporate MICE perspective too, this offers significant scope for domestic incentive groups serving to catalyse overall recovery for the travel and tourism industry,” Rajesh Kale adds.

UAE Expo 2020: Taj Hotels in Dubai rolls out the red carpet!

Interestingly, Dubai ranks as one of the most well-known leisure and small business destinations for Indians in 2021, according to Agoda’s travel bookings information.

With international travel choosing up with renewed interest in the UAE Expo 2020, the Taj Hotels in Dubai, Taj Dubai and Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers are providing exceptional luxury stays and dining experiences for travelers to the extended awaited UAE Expo 2020. In reality, Taj Dubai is all set to showcase its signature restaurant referred to as Bombay Brasserie, with its eclectic variety of classic and modern Indian cuisines.

Dubai: Favourite location with Indian travellers

Clearly, international travel is now opening up and Dubai is emerging as an incredible hotspot for Indian Travellers.

Agnes Roquerfort, Accor’s Chief Development Officer, is of the view that resort travel is witnessing a surge in demand as the pandemic has triggered people’s want to travel to their dream destinations and practical experience the world in either modest groups or with their households.

Notably, this observation comes in the context of the current launch of Raffles The Palm, Dubai on October 1, 2021. With more than 389 luxury guest rooms, the hotel is situated on Palm Jumeirah, which is recognized to be one of the world’s biggest man-made islands and archipelago.

Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles &amp Orient Express highlights that many extraordinary resort projects are generating headlines with the opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles The Palm, Dubai.

Meanwhile, Krishna Rathi, Country Director, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, Agoda says, “For Indian travellers, this year’s UAE Expo provides an even greater excuse to take some of their great maiden international trips.”

What to count on at UAE Expo 2020

Agoda is rolling out tempting gives for travellers at the UAE Expo 2020. The a lot anticipated UAE Expo blends in a symbiosis of meals, culture and sustainable tourism, this October till March 2022, thereby bringing collectively more than 192 nations below one roof.

Spanning educational-themed weeks that cover climate to space, music productions, music shows, street theatre, art and culture and architecture, the UAE Expo covers it all.

International digital travel booking platform Agoda informs that Indian travellers can avail an added 12% discount when applying their Visa credit card for their travel bookings of higher worth.

Air Arabia Holidays in India

Given the robust and expanding chance in the international travel segment, Thomas Cook (India) Limited, and its Group Company, SOTC Travel Ltd, have inked a 3-year agreement with Air Arabia, to provide a variety of customisable air-inclusive holidays for India’s varied travel segments spanning households, couples, millennials, groups of mates travelling collectively, senior travellers and B-leisure clients as nicely.

For Indian travellers, the essential advantage is to leverage the attractively priced bundled vacation items that bring collectively the respective strengths of Thomas Cook India, SOTC and Air Arabia, with an added benefit of prepared-to-book vacation possibilities, customisable itineraries and more.

Mahesh Iyer, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd expressed self-assurance that the strategic agreement with Air Arabia will advantage Indian travellers, “The consumer advantage is significant; it leverages the strengths of Air Arabia’s air-product pricing network with diverse holiday options, combined buying power of Thomas Cook (India) and SOTC – leaders in the holidays domain.”

What’s more thrilling than a cricket match among India and Pakistan?

Meanwhile, Booking.com has rolled out an even more tempting provide this festive season for Indian cricket fans! For die-tough cricket fans in India, absolutely nothing can be as thrilling as watching a match among India and Pakistan on the cricket field!

As the official Accommodation Booking Partner for the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup, Booking.com is rolling out a tempting provide to Indian cricket fans.

A cricket-themed luxury remain, the platform’s specially developed T20 Pavilion at the Presidential Suite at The Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel &amp Residences that will excite cricket enthusiasts.

How to Book T20 Pavilion at the Presidential Suite at The Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel &amp Residences

Cricket fans can take pleasure in the a lot awaited IND vs Pak T20 World Cup Match at ‘The T20 Pavilion – An Ultimate Cricket Stay’ in India.

Booking.com gives a personalised practical experience such as personalised cricket jerseys to props that include things like flags and whistles, just to assure that there is no stopping the excitement for Indian cricket fans to hold cheering for their favourite group.

For cricket fans who are keen to book their remain, this provide opens on 16th October 2021 from 4.30 PM onwards.

Lucky fans can count on live action at The T20 Pavilion Suite and get an exclusive chance to meet Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor.

Highlighting that cricket is not just a sport in India but an emotion that unites the complete nation, Booking.com’s Regional Manager, South Asia says, “The T20 Pavilion is a once in a lifetime opportunity for cricket fans to feel the vibe and energy of a classic cricket stadium that is recreated at a luxury hotel suite in Mumbai….we hope to create unforgettable off-the-pitch memories and experiences for Indian cricket fans.”

However, the remain is out there only for these guests who are completely vaccinated.

Big shift! From Emergency Travel to Leisure Demands

“There has been a shift from emergency travel to leisure demands. Our current demand is at 60 to 70% more and witnessing an uptick for Dubai with Expo 2020 being a major attraction, Switzerland and France, while Maldives continues to be a favourite,” Daniel D’Souza, President and Country Head, SOTC Travel informs MonetaryExpress.com.

It’s straightforward to welcome these travel trends back just since the pandemic has taught the world to worth time, space and security and as all would agree, travelling by no means stopped getting exciting!



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