Last-minute bookings keep afloat India’s travel market

New flight booking data released by Amadeus has revealed that COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on flight booking lead times in India since March 2020.  According to Amadeus’ first COVID-19 Travel Insights bulletin, flight booking lead times in India decreased by 68% between March-July 2020 compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019 – the biggest change seen across the APAC region.

The bulletin also found that Indian travellers are currently the most last minute in the region when it comes to booking flights – making flight bookings on average only 10 days before their departure date between March-July 2020.

According to Cyril Tetaz, executive vice president of airlines in Amadeus Asia Pacific, this shift towards last-minute bookings has major implications for how India’s travel industry should begin to think about recovery going into 2021.

“We expected that a greater number of passengers would prefer to book

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Royal Caribbean’s cruise to nowhere sees bookings go up by 500%, first sailing almost sold out

Following the announcement of cruises to nowhere in Singapore, two cruise lines — Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises — unveiled its slate of packages (to nowhere).

And it seems cruises to nowhere are quite a hit among Singapore residents.

First sailing almost sold out

In response to Mothership queries, managing director for Royal Caribbean Group Asia Pacific Angie Stephen shared that customer demand has “exceeded expectations”.



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As cruises can only cater up to 50 per cent occupancy for now, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas can accommodate up to approximately 2,000 guests at one time.

Bookings have gone up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks and as of the time of writing, the first sailing on Dec. 1 is almost sold out.

The cruise line has seen a demand for its December sailings and it isn’t surprising since

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Cruises to nowhere: More than 6,000 bookings in five days, Singapore News & Top Stories

Phones have been ringing off the hook at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for next month and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced last Thursday that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

A spokesman said bookings are up 500 per cent compared with the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at about 1,000 guests,

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Cruises to nowhere: Genting Cruises gets more than 6,000 bookings in 5 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Phones have been ringing off the hooks at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for November and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced last Thursday (Oct 8) that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

According to a spokesman, bookings are up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at

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Today’s Travel Bookings May Be More Fiction Than Fact

Future bookings are beginning to recover, buoying shares of some travel and leisure companies. But investors should ask themselves just how much of that is fantasy money versus real future revenue on which they can hang their hats.

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said Thursday that bookings for the second half of next year are at the higher end of its historical ranges. At this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, that is “a compelling indication of the fundamental strength in demand” for its brand, according to Carnival.

But demand won’t always translate to revenue. Industrywide, relaxed change and cancellation policies are enabling cooped-up consumers desperate for an escape to plan a far-off vacation with little to no financial risk, giving them something to look forward to, even if they decide to call it off at the last minute.

Airlines have broadly done away with change fees, many through the end

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Holiday hotel bookings push out locals seeking shelter from storm power outages

ALBANY – The confluence of a days-long power outage in some communities and Columbus Day weekend means that many in the Capital Region who are seeking shelter in local hotels will likely be left shivering, in the dark, at home.

Hotels in and around the Capital Region are largely booked with leaf peepers and National Grid crews. Thus, the 46,000 National Grid and 130 NYSEG customers still without power as of late Friday afternoon who were hoping to book a room for a night or two until their electricity is restored after Wednesday’s thunderstorm are having to make a lot of calls to book a room.

“I’ve been told that 600 rooms were needed for work crews,” said Jill Delaney, president and CEO of Discover Albany. “That’s not typical, but they couldn’t double up because of COVID. Each crew person needs an individual space. But there are still some (hotels)

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Amazon India partners with IRCTC for train ticket bookings



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Amazon India said on Wednesday that it has partnered with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), to provide their customers with the facility to book reserved train tickets on Amazon.

With this new offering, customers will be able to check seat and quota availability across all train classes on the Amazon app.

They can pre-load money into their Amazon Pay Balance wallet to make this experience even smoother and pay in a single click.

With this launch, Amazon Pay has added another travel category, thereby offering its customers a one-stop-shop for booking flights, bus and train tickets.

“We are excited to partner with IRCTC and move another step forward in making life easy and convenient for our customers. Last year, we launched flights, and bus ticket bookings on Amazon,” Vikas Bansal, Director – Amazon Pay, said in a statement.

“With the facility to book

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Holidays: Simon Calder shares travel advice and bookings tips for Italy, Greece and beyond | Travel News | Travel

Holidays are at the mercy of the shrinking travel corridor list. Every week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps shares the latest updates to the ‘safe’ list of where Britons can go without having to quarantine. And every week, more destinations are removed – and it’s feared more will be axed later today.

“We just don’t know,” Calder said.

Italy and Greece are currently among a handful of countries Britons can travel to without any restrictions at all.

However, rising cases could see the two hotspots moved to the quarantine list this week.

“It’s entirely possible the Greek mainland might be put on the no-go list tonight, or Italy, we just don’t know,” said Calder.

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“We don’t know exactly what the government’s grounds are for putting places on but no go list,” the expert continued.

“We do know that it’s much tougher to get off the no go less than

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Leads The Way With Unprecedented Bookings

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is leading the charge for success and innovation in the face of these challenges. 

As of September 24, the luxury cruise line once again shattered the company’s previous World Cruise opening day booking record, with reservations for 2023 doubling the previous record set by the 2022 World Cruise. The line experienced the longest waitlist for a World Cruise in its history, with all Penthouse Suites and above selling out within a matter of hours when sales opened on September 23. 

In an exclusive interview for Forbes.com, Regent President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Montague told me, by phone, “We actually doubled last year’s record and it shows how much pent-up demand there is for cruising, for an exotic cruise that

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Air India Opens Bookings to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bahrain

Air India Express has opened bookings for flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bahrain. The operations will be in addition to the flights that have been already announced by the national carrier.

Under the guidelines released in the sixth phase of Vande Bharat Mission, travellers can now book tickets available on the airline’s official website, call centre, office, and through travel agents.

Earlier, Air India had announced additional flights to Singapore under the Vande Bharat
Mission. However, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had further extended
the suspension of international flights to and from the country till September 30 as the
government announces Unlock 4.0.

The competent authority has further extended

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