Travel-tech firms cautiously optimistic amidst Omicron wave

Despite the dip and rescheduling of travel plans in January due to Omicron, travel and hospitality tech players are confident of a faster rebound, fuelled by leisure travel in the latter part of 2022.
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After seeing an upswing in travel and hotel bookings during the end of the year, the online travel aggregators (OTA) and hospitality sector is seeing a significant dip in both domestic and international travel amidst the third COVID-19 wave. 

Reservations for international travel have dropped drastically, with industry players estimating the plunge to be close to 60 percent, while domestic travellers have rescheduled plans, leading to a 30 percent decline in bookings. 

“Since the emergence of Omicron in India, we have witnessed a drop of around 15 percent in domestic flight bookings. International travel has been affected owing to restrictions implemented across the globe. Despite this new surge, the travel sentiment remains strong, and this can be evidenced by the fact that many travellers are now planning to partake in revenge and leisure travel,” Rikant Pittie, Co-founder of OTA EaseMyTrip, told YourStory.

Despite the temporary slowdown, most of these players expect a stronger rebound, especially in leisure travel and due to extended work-from-home policies. Industry players are optimistic about recovery in 2022


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