Hotels and restaurants set for bookings bonanza in October on the back of pent up demand
“In our estimation, this season should see better numbers than 2019-20, with all DLF malls showing good recovery in August and September,” DLF Retail Malls executive director Pushpa Bector said. DLF Retail operates premium malls under the DLF Shopping Malls franchise and retail destination Cyber Hub.
ITC Hotels chief executive Anil Chadha said going by the current trend and surge in domestic traffic, bookings are expected to continue into the New Year. “We are seeing huge traction at leisure destinations pan India, with some destinations doing exceedingly well,” Chadha said.
The hospitality sector was among the worst hit last year, with mass closures, large scale job losses and two waves of the pandemic. But with easing of restrictions, increased vaccination and lower Covid-19 cases, occupancies and dine-ins have been improving steadily post August.
“We are hopeful that November and December will be the best in a decade provided there is no rise in cases and no third wave,” Massive Restaurants MD Zorawar Kalra said, adding that some of his restaurants have seen a return to demand crossing 90% of pre-pandemic numbers. The company’s brands include Masala Library, Farzi Cafe and Made in Punjab. Rajiv Kapoor, general manager at Fairmont Jaipur, said the hotel is already seeing a 15-20% uptick in bookings compared to last month. “The shraddh duration will get over in a few days and we have been getting a lot of travellers in groups.”
The festive quarter is the single largest period of consumption in the country, with back-to-back festivals, followed by New Year celebrations. Kylin India managing director Saurabh Khanijo said October is looking set to cross regular pre-pandemic sales.
“The festive sentiment has kicked in in full swing, and compared to last October, people feel secure with the vaccination rate reaching 90%.”
The September 2021 edition of HVS Anarock’s monthly publication Hotels & Hospitality Overview stated that India’s hotel sector continued to improve in August, reporting the highest nationwide occupancy rate since the onset of the second wave.
Some states like Maharashtra are still operating under restrictions such as a 10 pm deadline, but industry has urged the government to ease the restrictions.