“The findings of Oyo’s Travelopedia is a testament that India is ready to travel again and we at
are here along with our partners ready to welcome them again,” said Rohit Kapoor, CEO, Oyo Hotels & Homes, India & South Asia.
Currently, Goa and Himachal Pradesh are the most in demand to ring in the New Year. “While 2021 will be a new learning in itself, we’re hopeful that the changes we have brought in 2020 will set new precedents in the travel and hospitality sector and we are completely motivated to work towards providing safe stays to all our customers,” said Kapoor.
Additionally, the Oyo data revealed that Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Telangana led the pack as the most welcoming states in the post-lockdown world. Also, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad ranked as the most popular cities among business travellers while Jaipur, Goa, Kochi were travellers’ favorite domestic leisure hotspots.
In total over 8.5 million new user bookings were made on the Oyo app and website in 2020. A single user stayed at Oyo hotels 128 times during the year while 73,000 repatriated Indians completed their institutional quarantine at Oyos across India. Amongst these, most bookings were made by guests travelling from West Asia, primarily UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar.
SoftBank-backed Oyo with a presence in countries like the US, China and Japan, apart from India, was hit hard by the pandemic as the hospitality sector slumped. But it has now been able to touch 85 per cent of the gross margin dollars of its pre-Covid levels. Going forward, the company will continue to focus on two core businesses – its hotels and holiday homes.
How India travelled in 2020
. Delhi emerged as the most booked destination globally
. Puri emerged as India’s top pilgrimage destination
. Goa was the most booked beach destination
. Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra were the most loved heritage cities for Indians
. 8.5 million new user bookings made on OYO app and website
. 1.7 million people checked-in over the weekends in December
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