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MakeMyTrip launches weekend getaways

Designed for up to four days, the category will offer curated itineraries for over 100 destinations with over 400 weekend holiday getaway plans.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 18, 2019, 09.26 AM IST
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The getaways start from Rs 5,000 and are packaged around classified themes such as adventure, backpacking, leisure and relaxation, among others.
NEW DELHI: India’s biggest online travel aggregator MakeMyTrip has launched ‘weekend getaways’ as a new category betting on last minute travel around long weekends.

Designed for up to four days, the category will offer curated itineraries for over 100 destinations with over 400 weekend holiday getaway plans.

Vipul Prakash, chief operating officer at MakeMyTrip, said the company has partnered with airlines and hotels to offer “reasonably priced” last minute weekend holiday packages for customers, which will also include short-haul visas-on-arrival international destinations.

MakeMyTrip sees a clear trend reflecting a surge in room nights booked over long weekends and peak search traffic from metro cities ahead of such short breaks.

The company will initially roll-out the holiday listings for the top 10 metro cities along with some tier-II cities, which will be ramped up progressively.

The getaways start from Rs 5,000 and are packaged around classified themes such as adventure and backpacking, leisure and relaxation, road trips/self drive, international getaways, experiential stays and pilgrimage, considering the varied interests of travellers.

Hotel bookings have overtaken flight bookings and are contributing a greater chunk to the company's overall revenues and Prakash expects the gap to widen further. He said MakeMyTrip is aiming to be a full stack operator of all things travel and also expects train bookings, intercity cabs for airports to contribute more to the company's business going forward.

“We know where people are flying. We have started trains, intercity cabs, airport transfers and corporate travel. We want to be a single-stop shop for travel solutions,” Prakash said.

Some of the packages under weekend getaways include experiential trout fishing in Manali, wine tasting in Nashik, ancient Hampi—exploring a Unesco World Heritage town, Kabini for nature lovers—a forest adventure and romantic Udaipur—sunset high tea at Fateh Prakash Palace.

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