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Thomas Cook India & SOTC Travel witness high travel demand for Valentine’s Day

Announce romantic holidays with special experiences for couples and honeymooners.

MUMBAI – With Valentine’s Day approaching, Thomas Cook (India) Limited – India’s leading omnichannel travel services company and its Group Company, SOTC Travel, have witnessed a 35% surge in demand for travel to celebrate the occasion of love. As Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, India’s couples are displaying high interest for an extended weekend getaway to nearby destinations. This being India’s wedding season, there is an uptick from the honeymoon segment, in addition to couples/DINKs. To cater to this demand, the Companies announced an exciting range of Valentine’s Day holidays that offer exclusive activities for couples to create memorable experiences.

Thomas Cook & SOTC’s Valentine’s Day portfolio includes favourite romantic destinations like Manali, Dalhousie, Auli, Nainital, Coorg, Ooty, Munnar, Pondicherry, Darjeeling, the North East, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra and Alleppey; also beach destinations like Andamans and Goa. Closer to home destinations that offer visa on arrival/e visas like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman are seeing brisk demand. Additionally, popular international locales such as Switzerland, France, Austria, Turkey, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea are also in demand for Valentine’s Day.

The companies’ romantic escapades offer sundowners, private dining, couple spas-wellness, wine tasting; outdoor-adventure experiences like yachting, kite-sailing, scuba diving, camping, trekking, hot air ballooning; biking trips to scenic terrains; safari drives and jungle experiences. India’s couples are exploring unique accommodation from tree-top stays, in a fort, havelis-palaces, plantation bungalows in verdant tea/coffee estates, cave hotels to private villas with a private chef and concierge services; also uber-luxury resorts and vineyards.

Cruises represent a unique value proposition for couples: an all-inclusive holiday without the hassle of multiple check-in/ check-out and transfers. The companies have emerged as top sellers of India cruises (Cordelia), with over 7,500 customers booked since restart of travel. Popular international cruise liners include Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Resorts World Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Mr. Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, “To cater to the 35% surge in travel demand for the upcoming Valentine’s Day week, we’ve designed memorable experiences for India’s couples and honeymooners to celebrate this occasion. Our range of Valentine’s Day holidays allows our customers to indulge in stunning natural beauty, romantic private dining and wellness, unique local experiences, visit to vineyards, outdoor/adventure activities and cruise holidays. We want our customers to make the most of this special opportunity and so our romantic breaks come with a host of exciting deals, discounts and value offers.”

Mr. Daniel D’souza, President & Country Head, Leisure, SOTC Travel said, “Indian couples are looking forward to travelling together and make special memories. This being the wedding season, there is growing travel demand from honeymooners as well. We have created romantic escapades and honeymoons – to help our couples relax, rejuvenate and spend quality time together and make out of the world memories. To ensure a once in a lifetime experience, we have included exclusive romantic and fun elements in our products, with great pricing and unbeatable deals.”

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