Indian travellers now eager to ebook locations from the place they’ll work remotely, survey reveals

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

December 13, 2020 2:10:41 pm


While working from home has benefits, over 68 percent of Indian travelers have already considered booking accommodation for a change of scene. (Source: Pixabay)

Since the beginning of the pandemic, most working people in India have turned to working from home to meet their deadlines. While it initially took some effort to get used to the situation, many people have become so used to it that they are reluctant to return to the office, especially since the risk of infection is still there. A new survey by Booking.com – a digital travel company – has now found that 63 percent of Indian travelers are willing to quarantine in travel destinations as long as they can work remotely.

Indian travelers are in second place after Thailand, where 69 percent of office workers felt the same way. Travel platforms and locations will prioritize home office and Wi-Fi speed requirements to attract this new wave of digital nomads. In the world of business travel, the demand for privacy, cleanliness, and extended stay among business travelers will also increase, and alternative accommodations will be needed to improve their “work-friendly” game, the survey said.

Work and play

Now that people are free to work from anywhere, 2021 could see a significant increase in travelers looking to take longer trips that combine work and leisure. 63 percent of Indian travelers said they would take the opportunity to extend any business trip to also have some free time. Many will also likely add a week or two to their vacation time to work remotely.

Accommodation must be

While working from home has benefits, over 68 percent of Indian travelers have already considered booking accommodation for a change of scene. This is much more than the global 37 percent average. These travelers are mainly looking for accommodation with home office facilities, WiFi and, most importantly, a spectacular view or a cozy space to ease the workday.

“Remote working is becoming a long-term reality as health and safety are a top priority in the current environment. To break the monotony of working from home, travelers want to flee to a destination where they can easily combine leisure and business. In response to this trend, Booking.com has launched a work-friendly program that offers work-friendly alternative accommodations such as flats and apartments for both business and leisure travelers looking to work remotely. To make it easier for travelers to extend their vacation and find what they’re looking for, Booking.com has also updated the search experience, including filters for customers looking for whole house private accommodations. We also strive to provide travelers with flexibility in terms of cancellation policies to meet their travel needs in the event of uncertainty, ”said Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager for India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives at Booking.com.

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