Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spot air fare rates up 30% as holidayers eye foreign shores

Making last-minute plans for an international holiday this summer will leave you sweating. Spot ticket prices to popular destinations have gone up by as much as 30% from last summer with London witnessing the highest jump in air fares.
But even these high spot fares are not deterring last-minute holidayers. For them, leaving on a plane this summer break is proving tough as visa processing is taking long at consulates of most 'hot' destinations owing to the rush. Indiver Rastogi, president of corporate travel at Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, says bookings are witnessing a "surge of over 40%" over last year.
Tourism Australia recently sent a mail to travel agents about increased waiting periods to get visas due to a rise in applications. Advising that applications at the Australian High Commission be made four to six weeks before departure dates, its mail said: "With the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination, there has been a significant rise in demand for Australian visas. As an example, visitor visa applications received in New Delhi during the first quarter of 2017 have increased by 32%, when compared with last year, and the trend appears to be continuing...we acknowledge the inconvenience and frustration that longer processing times can cause..." Tourism Ireland is also seeing an "unprecedented" demand.
27/05/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India