Business Wire IndiaWeekend getaways and short trips is one of the fastest growing travel segments in India. In the last few years, a large percentage of Indians have started replacing their traditional annual long holiday with short trips and weekend getaways.
The sudden and rapid emergence of this new demographic is attributed to several factors: changing perceptions about travel, variable holiday calendars of family members and the need for a time out from hectic work schedules. According to Bangalore headquartered travel company, Via.com, short trips and weekend getaways are the most booked packages during the Biggest Online Travel Festival, its annual sale event.
A Via.com spokesperson said that weekend getaways and short trips will be a major focus for the company this year. To kick off the campaign, Via.com will roll out exclusive deals and special discounts on a curated set of holiday and hotel packages, designed to appeal to weekend travellers and short vacationers. The rise of short getaways has also resulted in an upward swing in hotel and bus bookings. Via.com attributes around 30% of its quarterly room nights to weekend getaways and short trips.
While travellers from the metros account for the most number of bookings, their smaller town counterparts are fast catching up. Last year, Via.com witnessed 40% increase in weekend getaway bookings from Tier II cities like Trivandrum, Mysore, Jaipur, Nagpur, Coimbatore and Lucknow.
Via.com is Asia’s leading omnichannel travel & assisted e-commerce platform. Its distribution strategy includes enabling small businesses with an intuitive travel & e-commerce platform and giving both retail & corporate customers a host of options including desktop access, a mobile friendly website and a mobile application to aid in research, search and purchasing. Via.com is the most comprehensive & consistently profitable online travel & e-commerce company with 8 years of experience & presence in 5 countries: India, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and UAE. Through its global network of over 90,000 independent re-sellers in the travel space, the company provides access to a broad array of travel products including air travel, train tickets, hotels, holiday packages, buses, car rentals, Insurance, mobile recharges, money transfer & bill payments. In addition to this, Via.com has more than 5,000 corporate customers and also engages directly with consumers through its b2c website and App. Established in 2006 as flightraja.com, Via.com was incorporated in 2007 and has since dramatically disrupted the Indian travel space with its innovative offerings that became hugely viral in other markets also. IndoUS Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital are the primary investors in Via.com.