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‘August boom’ for holiday destinations, hotel rooms sold out in Bhubaneswar – The New Indian Express

Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: Long weekends this month have brought a tourism boom to the holiday destinations of Puri, Gopalpur and Chilika. Hotels and resorts – big and small – in all three locations are already fully booked. Puri, by the way, is overbooked. The long weekends from August 11 (Raksha Bandhan) to August 15 and then from August 18 (Janmashtami) to August 21 saw an increase in bookings by domestic holidaymakers. “Getting a hotel reservation in Puri is impossible now and if you are lucky you have to pay a premium. We tried to book a suite in a 3 star property but even that cost nothing less than 10,000 ‘for August 14-15,’ said Biplab Parida, an IT professional from Bhubaneswar.

Industry stakeholders said room rates have risen nearly 15-20%, as have occupancy rates from pre-pandemic levels. They blame rising food and beverage prices and labor wages for rising costs.

Mayfair, a luxury resort in Puri sells its room plan with meals at 33,250 for a two-day package on August 10 and 11 while it is sold out on the remaining days until August 15. Suites are priced at 35,000 per night during this period. As for 3-star to 4-star properties and vacation homes in Puri, prices on online travel portals during the weekend start at 6,000` (without breakfast) and go up to 25 000` per night. The Swosti properties in Chilika and Gopalpur were booked a month ago, with the majority of bookings direct and online.

Given the trend, hoteliers and tour operators believe there are good times ahead for the industry ahead. Gagan Sarangi, President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators, Odisha Chapter, said the market will do very well throughout the ensuing tourist season which starts in October and ends in February.

Odisha Hotel and Restaurant Association, chairman, JK Mohanty, said holiday destinations like Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala are already booked for the whole tourist season, travelers will move to places like Odisha. “The tourism market will do well if the current trend is any indication. Provided there is no new outbreak,” he added.

BHUBANESWAR: Long weekends this month have brought a tourism boom to the holiday destinations of Puri, Gopalpur and Chilika. Hotels and resorts – big and small – in all three locations are already fully booked. Puri, by the way, is overbooked. The long weekends from August 11 (Raksha Bandhan) to August 15 and then from August 18 (Janmashtami) to August 21 saw an increase in bookings by domestic holidaymakers. “Getting a hotel reservation in Puri is impossible now and if you are lucky you have to pay a premium. We tried to book a suite in a 3 star property but even that cost nothing less than 10,000 ‘for August 14-15,” said Bhubaneswar IT professional Biplab Parida. Industry stakeholders said room rates had increased by almost 15-20%, as had occupancy rates compared to pre-pandemic level.They blame rising food and drink prices and labor wages for rising costs.Mayfair, a luxury resort in Puri sells its room plan with meals at 33,250 for a two-day package on August 10 and 11 while it is fully booked on the remaining days until August 15. Suites are priced at 35,000 per night during this period. regarding 3 star to 4 star properties and vaca houses nces in Puri, prices on online travel portals during the weekend start at 6,000` (without breakfast) and go up to 25,000` per night. The Swosti properties in Chilika and Gopalpur were booked a month ago, with the majority of bookings direct and online. Given the trend, hoteliers and tour operators believe there are good times ahead for the industry ahead. Gagan Sarangi, President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators, Odisha Chapter, said the market will do very well throughout the ensuing tourist season which starts in October and ends in February. Odisha Hotel and Restaurant Association, chairman, JK Mohanty, said holiday destinations like Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala are already booked for the whole tourist season, travelers will move to places like Odisha. “The tourism market will do well if the current trend is any indication. Provided there is no new outbreak,” he added.