Although the threat has increased in India due to the omicron form of the coronavirus, at least 58 per cent of citizens plan to travel between December and March, according to a survey by the Social Engagement Platform. The survey received more than 19,500 responses from citizens living in 320 districts. A survey by LocalCircles indicates that despite such a large number of people planning to travel, only 18 percent of citizens have booked them so far.
Also, the survey found that of those who plan to travel within the next 90 days, a maximum of 49 percent are likely to visit family, friends and other miscellaneous, and 21 percent have plans to travel to a holiday destination. .
Further, a comparative analysis of a recent survey conducted in March 2021 found that despite the Omicron threat, the level of enthusiasm of citizens for travel is higher than it was before the Delta and Second Wave.
“Although 18 per cent have already booked, the government must ensure that travel bans have been imposed in various parts of the country as risks increase and airlines and hotels have been advised to reschedule without penalty,” said Sachin Taparia, founder of Local Circles.
“If travel is to continue, it is imperative that the central and state governments and the various authorities apply masks and social distance consent,” he said. Omicron has been found to be ‘3-5X’ more transmissible than the Delta variant, and things can get out of hand very quickly if restrictions and enforcement are not addressed. “
India’s travel and tourism industry was affected between April and June as many families scrapped their summer travel plans amid a sharp rise in litigation led by Delta Alternative during the second Kovid wave.
Then when the country entered to unlock the economy after the outbreak, a practice conducted by local circles found that 28 percent of citizens planned to travel in August and September.
Similarly, October-November also saw a lot of people traveling on busy airports, flights and trains during the festive season.
(With input from IANS)
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