Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Airfare to rise by 5%, hotel rates by 6.8%, transport 4.5% in 2020: Report

Mumbai: With India's strong economic growth fueling demand for business travel, airfares, hotel rates and ground transport prices are expected to increase in 2020, according to a report.
While airfare is likely to grow by 5 per cent (in Rupees terms) the hotel rates and ground transport prices are likely to climb up by 6.8 per cent and 4.5 per cent (in terms of $), respectively, according to the sixth annual Global Travel Forecast published by CWT and GBTA (the Global Business Travel Association) on Wednesday.
"Earlier this year we saw a spike in airfares after Jet Airways ceased its operations in April, so we're already at a high base in 2019," Business-to-Business-for-Employees travel management platform CWT, India, CEO Vishal Sinha said quoting the Forecast.
He said, with other airlines adding capacity to fill the vacuum, fares have begun to normalise and it is likely to continue next year.
"However, if the rupee weakens against the dollar, Indian carriers could be faced with bigger fuel bills and we may see that being passed on to travellers," he added.
Hotel rates are also expected to rise, as the demand for rooms outpaces supply, especially in secondary cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, he opined.
"At the same time, the commercialisation of mid-tier properties by players like Oyo are also pushing prices upwards," Sinha added.
31/07/19 PTI/Business Standard

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