Aug 9: A survey carried out to find out the patterns of time spent by Indians on holiday planning points out that Indians are more careful when it comes to travel and accommodation. According to the survey, around 40% Indians spend an average time of 6-10 hours exploring online deals on hotel reservations, airlines or combo offers before booking week-long holiday.
The survey conducted by Access Media International on behalf of Expedia also says that around 23% per cent spend 11-30 hours on an average researching the deals for hotel and flight bookings. Besides, those who spend over 30 hours on research account to 20%.
These are not the only interesting facts found out by the survey as fixing upon deals can also boil up issues in between partners. Around 14% of the respondents involved in the survey has admitted the occurrence of fights with their spouses for spending too much time for surfing through deals before booking holiday.
Hotel bookings seem to require more research, as around 93% respondents book their hotels only within a week of booking their flight tickets. But attractive demands can lure the user to quick much ahead of that, as 27% says that hotel bookings are made immediately if they bump across discounts. Around 90% participants make their booking within the offer period.
Despite hotel deals luring people, over half of participants, or 65% to be precise, weren’t ready to take risks to get great hotel deals as per the survey. Of the remaining, 17% waited till last day to make their bookings, while 9% book the hotel tickets even before having their leave approved. Around 4% changed their destination in the last minute.
The survey was conducted online from May 30 to June 25, across participants from the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune. Around 600 employed adults aged 18 years and above participated in the survey.