Airfares to popular destinations have risen by at least 25% relative to the previous summer travel season . The average travel cost, which includes internal transfers at destinations, hotel rates, and other travel charges, has increased due to this .
Ahmedabad, India: With the global dollar at historic highs, fewer destinations opening to visitors, lower flight duration, skyrocking airfares, and soaring inflation, foreign holidays are now cheaper.According to estimates by travel company owners, airfares to popular destinations have risen by at least 25% relative to the previous summer travel season, i.e.in 2019.However, inflation has failed to dampen the pent-up vacation demand as Gujaratis are preparing to make it back on track after the doom and horror of Covid's two years.The average travel cost, which includes internal transfers at destinations, hotel rates, and other travel charges, has increased due to this.Despite this, vacationers are able to travel this season and are paying extra money as needed.For example, traveling to popular Europe destinations that cost around 1,400 per person for a six-night, seven-day itinerary has increased to 1,750 in 2019.Singapore-Thailand costing $600 a night for five nights, six days has increased to $750; Dubai's travel cost increased from $400 to $500 for a four-night, five-day package, while Maldives and Mauritius cost $800 to $1,000. Many countries have not opened their borders to visitors in the last two years, due to Covid-19 restrictions.According to estimates by tour operators and travel agencies, holiday package prices, including airfares, increased by at least Rs 20,000 per person this year compared to 2019.Because of the earlier limitations imposed by Covid-19 and the lack of certainty about the international flight route to various destinations, the majority of foreign holiday bookings were finalized around March-end and April.At that moment, there were fewer flight frequencies to well-known destinations, due to a surge in demand. According to Pathak, pent-up demand has been instrumental in driving demand for international holidays this year, since people haven't been able to travel in the last two years.