Survey highlights that Indians’ top three current travel habits are- taking short trips, exploring local destinations never visited before, and taking frequent local trips.
Experiences such as themed stays as part of hotel packages, and trips where the hotel is the destination itself, are part of the latest travel trends according to Agoda’s ‘Travel in 2021’ survey announced recently to mark the launch of Agoda’s ‘Special Offers’ travel deals. Short stays, frequent trips, and exploring new local destinations are also the top ways people cite they want to travel now.
Enric Casals, Regional Director Southeast Asia and Oceania, Agoda says, “Previously hotels might have been a base for exploring the locale, especially for international vacationers. Now with domestic visitors and staycation travel dominating travel plans, people want to enhance their accommodation experience as they may spend more time inside, and are looking for the hotel to provide the entertainment. Whether that’s additional activities or simply those added luxuries like F&B or spa package, or the decadence of a late check-out, how folks are getting holiday highs have changed. And Agoda is helping consumers find the best deals with its new Agoda Special Offers product to help consumers get a more fulfilling travel experience at a great value as they continue to travel hyper local.”
Demand for added benefits in accommodations packages
With domestic travel the only option for many travelers in India, people are prioritizing how, where, and what they do on their travels based on their top accommodations must-haves.
According to the survey, taking short trips, exploring local destinations never visited before, and taking frequent local trips are the top three ways to travel for Indians.
Food and beverage benefits is the top accommodation must-have when people think about their next local vacation, followed by experiences and early check-in or late check-out. One in five Indians look for experiences such as added perks and themed hotel stays as part of their accommodation, as well as choose the accommodation as a destination itself, not just a place to sleep.
Agoda launches Agoda Special Offers to meet travelers’ desire for extra perks with their stay at great prices
With Agoda Special Offers, travellers can access exclusive and non-exclusive packages, and value-added benefits. They can browse the range of offers most suited to their needs, from food and beverage credits, local experiences within or outside the hotel, early check-in or late check-out perks to special room upgrades, and make bookings for these packaged deals at great prices.
Guests can enjoy 25 per cent discount on F&B and 30 per cent off on the spa along with complimentary daily breakfast at ITC Maratha, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mumbai when they book a Special Offer on Agoda. They can also avail the best deals, free cancellation, and complimentary daily breakfast at The Leela Palace across locations such as New Delhi, Gurugram, Chennai, and Mumbai.