Ludhiana: Tourism industry witnessess a boom

LUDHIANA: With Christmas and New Year round the corner, residents are in a holiday mood and making big plans to celebrate the events. This is evident from long queues of people outside offices of travel agents to get bookings for perfect destinations where they can revel in celebrations with their family and loved ones. The favourite destination among residents is Goa, followed by Malaysia, Thailand, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai and Switzerland.

So much so, all seats for these places have been reserved in various flights up to January 15.

According to information, the tourism industry has witnessed a boom this year compared to 2008, as many people had cancelled their trips due to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

However, this year, people want to make the most of it and usher in the new year with a bang.

Another favourite place among people is Andaman islands in Port Blair where bookings are full up to December 31.
Meanwhile, going by travel agents, many people have either changed their destinations or postponed their trips owing to heavy rush.

Nitin Grover, owner of Grace Travelles, said, “Goa is the ultimate choice of people who want to move out. However, newly married couples seem to prefer Kerala.”

He said hotels in Goa were booked to the brim despite the fact that the package was around Rs 1.25 lakh for four nights/ three day stay.

“There is no affect on business and people are spending lavishly on trips as it costs around Rs 70,000 for one person,” he added.

Talking on similar lines, Chetna Sachdeva from Yatra.com said the tourism industry was overcoming the meltdown effect. Besides, the threat of swine flu was not playing spoilsport and many preferred to celebrate the events in far-off places, she added.

“However, the prevailing weather conditions in Europe had hampered bookings in those countries,” said Chetna.

From TOI

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