India's Open Skies Bring Flood of Enquiries to Luxury Retreats

The Gadi Sagar lake is a famous tourist attraction in North India

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Gadi Sagar lake India

The Gadi Sagar lake is a famous tourist attraction in North India

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Luxury resorts in India are preparing for an influx of international visitors this season. “Starting March-end, we expect a very buoyant demand from clients from the US, Western Europe, West Asia and other regions,” Mahesh Natarajan, chief op­erating officer of IHHR Hospitality Ananda told Sri Lanka’s The Island Online.

Ananda, the luxury spa resort situated at the Himalayan foothills, has witnessed a strong interest from international tourists after the issuing of tourist visas recommenced in December 2021. Allen Machado, CEO, of Niraa­maya Wellness Retreats, also confirms that overseas visitors – particularly from the UK, US and West Asia — are indicating they are keen to visit the country.

To meet the pent-up demand, foreign airlines have outlined their schedules for India. According to The Times of India, Dubai-based Emirates will bring back its pre-pandemic flight frequencies to the country with 170 weekly flights between Dubai and nine Indian cities starting April 1. Air France-KLM has also confirmed it will operate 20 weekly flights in April, increasing to 30 in May.

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