kochi: 60-70% pre-booked hotel rooms for summer vacation | Kochi News

Kochi: After two years, Cochin hotels and resorts are seeing an increase in advance bookings for summer vacations. Nearly 60 to 70% of rooms have been reserved in hotels for the month of May.
Meanwhile, Kochiites are also not sitting at home, with the majority opting for destinations like Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh for a cool summer vacation.
The number of international tourists visiting the city for leisure or medical treatment remains low, with domestic tourists accounting for most hotel bookings. The good news for the tourism industry is that demand is so high that hotels are no longer offering discounts and are now charging pre-Covid room rent.
“Slowly but surely things are looking up for the hospitality and tourism industry. There are a lot of business meetings and tourists are eager to come to Kerala for a leisure vacation. Advance bookings are really good for May, and we are expecting more tourist arrivals as the number of flights to Kochi has increased,” Riaz Ahmed, Chairman of the Association of Licensed and Classified Hotels of Kerala ( AACHK).
He added that many tourists now prefer to book directly with the hotel, which benefits the hotel.
“We save money because we don’t have to pay a commission. Also, the majority of people prefer weekends and due to high demand, some resorts have increased room rents for weekends,” Riaz added.
Although the tourism sector opened up in February 2022 in Kerala with the state reporting high Covid numbers, tourism movement has remained low. The once thriving tourism industry suffered a major setback after the 2018 floods in Kerala, when the number of tourists – both domestic and international – plummeted. Business picked up in 2019, but in 2020 due to Covid the travel and tourism industry was shut down for over two years.
Meanwhile, Kochiites also want to take vacations and travel with friends or family. “Leisure travel is back in demand. People are tired of sitting at home for the past two years and now want to travel. Seniors are the most enthusiastic among them, and most prefer destinations like Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh,” Rashmi said. Murali, managing partner at Yathri Travels.
“Tourism has picked up and many people have shown interest in travel, both within India and abroad. People are looking for cheaper destinations with good air connectivity. While a majority travel for leisure, many families and friends are visiting. Many hotels are now operating at full capacity. I hope the good days of tourism will return,” said Praveen Shetty of New Prime India Cochin Tours and Travels.

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