hotel bookings: sold out: hotels leave behind scars of Covid

Despite an uptick in Covid cases, hotel chains across all formats reported sold out rooms for the long weekend that just passed.

Properties such as Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa in Uttarakhand, Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa located in Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve and Novotel Goa Resort & Spa have sold out.

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The hotels spokesperson said all of ITC’s leisure hotels fared very well over the long weekend and properties such as Welcomhotel Amritsar experienced a “strong rush” in bookings.

“Wedding-friendly dates have also boosted this momentum. As always, Welcomhotel properties in the hills, particularly Welcomhotel Pahalgam, Shimla, Chail, Katra and Mussoorie continue to be favorite destinations for travellers,” the carrier added. word.

Vibhas Prasad, director of Leisure Hotels Group, which operates Aloha on the Ganges in Rishikesh, Sun n Snow Inn in Kausani, Riverview Retreat in Corbett and other properties in Dharamshala, Goa and Nainital, said his properties were selling at little close overall. wallet.

“People were traveling through Himachal and Uttarakhand. We were full with good average daily rates. There is uncertainty in Delhi due to positivity rates so we are crossing our fingers,” he said. added.

Akanksha Lamba, senior vice president of operations, at The Postcard Hotel, said all of the company’s hotels were fully booked over the Easter weekend, including The Postcard Galle in Sri Lanka, which has now become an attraction in due to price arbitrage in the country. “However, the biggest increase in occupancy across all of our hotels occurred at The Postcard Hideaway, Netravali in South Goa. The hotel was not only fully booked over the long weekend, but also been booked from April 8-22 with four showcasing business and family moves from Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Hyderabad,” she said. “This pull will continue until the end of April as the hotel has been fully booked from April 29 for another major corporate move. There is a build up in demand, which we have noticed since before the Easter weekend and it continues even ten days after, with record occupancy rates for the month,” she added.

Akhil Arora, chief operating officer at Espire Hospitality Group, said the long weekend was definitely a time of “high demand” as all properties in the chain were sold. The majority of the chain’s station inventory was booked 7-10 days in advance. In a normal scenario, the reservation window is usually one to three days before the stay dates. “This particular weekend, we also saw a good movement of companies, companies bringing their employees for a welcome break after the end of the financial year, which is a positive sign after two difficult years of pandemic”, has he added.

Espire Hospitality Group owns and operates Country Inn Hotels & Resorts in addition to the luxury resort Six Senses Fort Barwara.

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