Travel technology platform, OYO, has revealed that the company received over 310k bookings for the last festive weekend (Navratri, Durga Puja & Ashtami). This is the biggest booking for the company so far in 2022, surpassing weekend bookings for peak travel days such as Republic Day, Holi, and Valentine’s Day. In fact, this weekend also overtook overall gross bookings for New Year’s weekend, usually the highest booked weekend for the travel industry.
OYO also observed a whopping 134% jump in weekend vs weekday bookings during the festive weekend in 2022 vs 111% in 2019, indicating that more travellers are stepping out during the weekends. This travel boost can be attributed to the pent up demand for travel and increased vaccination rates.
OYO’s booking data between 8th – 10th April 2022 reveals that leisure destinations like Srinagar, Manali, Shirdi, Prayagraj, Chandigarh, Gwalior, and Ludhiana saw the highest growth over the last weekend. Additionally, over 200 OYO hotels witnessed 100% occupancy.
Commenting on the rise in bookings over the last festive weekend, Shreerang Godbole, SVP – Product & Chief Service Officer – OYO, “Travel optimism is at an all-time high across the country. As restrictions are eased and air travel bans lifted, travellers are looking forward to celebrating festivals with their loved ones, heading out on summer vacations and making the most of their long weekends. This surge during the festive weekend is a testament to the travel boom that’s ahead of us in 2022. With over 3 lakh bookings, this was our biggest weekend so far and we are expecting the upcoming Good Friday/Baisakhi long weekend to be the highest ever since the pandemic in 2020. Overall, this summer is set to be the season of pre-pandemic travel recovery. As people are ready to travel again, we stay committed to making quality accommodations available to suit the needs of every traveller. I would like to thank every customer who let us be a part of their journey so far and hope to serve many more in the coming days.”