It has become a trend that everyone wants to be a traveller other than the profession he or she chooses. People are taking not just family trips but solo trips, group trips and multiple trips with friends, family and relatives to some place or the other.
People prefer to stay in hotels and there are a number of hotels, which has their tie-ups with travel agencies to highlight their hotel by getting associated with the travel agencies.
Hotels, which are mainly associated with online travels aggregators and companies, have started offering a number of flexible options to attract more and more travellers.
The flexible options are like flexible check-in timings, options to pay at hotels and high discounts on online bookings.
Last month, OYO, one of the largest hotel network of the country, has launched a sunrise check, which offers the traveller the guarantee to check-in as early as 6 am at more than 2,000 hotels. This facility is being offered at nominal cost in other hotels but free in many OYOs.
Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OYO, expressed his views and said that despite changes in the ways people have started taking travel and work, the hotel industry across the globe still follows the outdated concept of standard check-in time, which is why this idea stuck him to bring a sense of relief for the travellers as well as for the brand.
Yatra, another one of the largest hotel room aggregator of the country introduced a 'Day Use' feature for hotels in last month.
This facility offers the travellers the benefit of booking the hotel for half a day to some hours provision and for which they will have to pay as per the time, they stays in the hotel.
A key part of this segment is the business traveler who needs a hotel for a few hours to freshen up and relax before or after business meetings.
Sharat Dhall, President at Yatra, said that the feature is to take care of travellers' flexible need of use for the hotel. It will help them in relaxing before and after meeting, to freshen up or to take a nap before they catch their flight or train or if they are looking for an informal meeting space. The traveller does not have to pay for a full 24 hour use.
Rohit Khetrapal, Co-founder, FindMyStay, said, "A number of customers are not comfortable using cards to make an online payment. They prefer to pay cash. That is why many traditional travel agents still see a business."
Online travel companies like MakeMyTrip and Cleartrip have also introduced flexibility in payment options. Cleartrip's Pay@Hotel lets the traveller book now and pay later at the hotel.
The traveler pays only after he stays. Also, in case the hotel turns out to be different from what was shown online, Cleartrip offers a "Sleep promise" and assures another hotel that is more suited.
FindMyStay, a start up that allows travellers to bid a tariff that is lower to standard hotel rates, has also introduced an option to pay at the hotel.