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Manish Tolani, vice president and commercial director for India at Hilton, said leisure locations are doing great business and the average rates are 40 per cent higher than the previous years(Pic: istock/ET Now News)
As the year ends, India has entered a celebratory mood. Amid this mood of celebration, the demand for hotel rooms has touched all time highs. A report by the Economic Times which cited a spokesperson from Leela Palaces Hotels & Resorts said that no rooms are available for 31st. Earlier this week on Christmas the hotel was charging Rs 1,06,200 for a night’s stay on Booking.com.
Other hotels such as Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan are charging Rs 1,20,000 for December 31, its commercial director Rajat Gera told the business daily.
“We also have multiple queries for our Maharaja suite priced at Rs 7 lakh a night,” Gera told ET. “There is an influx of inbound tourism, which had been pretty stagnant and inconsistent so far. Domestic travellers book late and the influx of international tourists has led to rates going up substantially. Those who hadn’t planned in advance are willing to pay a premium.”
Goa is a tourist paradise in winter, thus the rates for hotels in Goa too are witnessing highs, rates for DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Panaji, Hilton Goa Resort Candolim, and DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga are touching historic highs, Akash Kalia, cluster commercial director, Hilton Hotels, Goa told the business daily.
While booking patterns have undergone changes, influenced by factors such as the reopening of international borders and the re-establishment of routes by international airlines in response to increased demand, Goa remains a
“relevant” destination, Kalia added.
Manish Tolani, vice president and commercial director for India at Hilton, said leisure locations are doing great business and the average rates are 40 per cent higher than the previous years.
“This can be easily attributed to the rising demand for travel and the consumers’ desire to spend on travel and seek new experiences,” he said. “Our hotels in city locations have also been seeing a demand rush for December 31
due to last-minute bookings from unplanned travellers who want to relax and unwind with their family at a luxury city hotel of their preference.”
Raj Chopra, owner of the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, said no rooms were available at the property for December 31. “Our rate of Rs 32,000 is the highest ever,” Chopra told ET.