Tour operators and tour operators in the city claimed that the most preferred destinations in the following tourist season (September-November) were Gujarat, Sikkim, Leh-Ladakh, Kashmir, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar and Goa.
For international travel, the Maldives is the preferred destination, said Amit Pandey, CEO of a travel agency.
The travel and tourism industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic for the past two years. However, after almost a year and a half, the industry is hoping for good business this year. They are impatiently waiting for September to pass positively without any trace of the third wave.
“People are happy and make their reservations for trips outside of Bihar or even overseas,” said Ranveer Jaiswal, owner of a travel and travel agency at Patliputra Colony.
“Currently we get 40 to 50% of bookings made in the pre-Covid era,” said Saurabh Khemka, owner of a travel agency in Fraser Road.
“The answer is quite positive because people like to go out. Those returning from a trip give positive feedback because they felt rejuvenated after months of lockdown, ”said Rakesh Kumar, owner of another travel agency in Mithapur.
The city’s travel agencies say they make sure travelers are vaccinated against Covid before traveling and carry their RT-PCR reports or vaccination certificates. The agencies also provide a list of protocols to follow to ensure safe and healthy travel.
“From Bihar, people are inclined to go out for vacations of around 2-3 weeks,” said SK Singh, general manager of a travel and travel agency near Gandhi Maidan.