PUNE: While 2018 was a year with 16 long weekends, offering opportunities for mini-vacations, 2019 is not possible. With just 10 long weekends – basis, of course, on the leave policy of different employers – working professionals will spend more hours behind their desks.
To create three or four-day weekends, employees have to take more days off in 2019. As per calculations, employees may take as many as 13 pages during 2019.
August and April 2019 will have the highest number of holidays. The first long weekend of 2019 will start on January 12, a Saturday, and end with Makar Sankranti / Pongal on January 14, a Monday.
Aloke Bajapi, CEO and co-founder of travel booking website Ixigo, said weekend vacations dominated 2018. “Short vacations peaked during the
, an ideal time for extended weekend getaways With just 10 long weekends in 2019, people will have plan trips smartly. By taking a couple of days off, they can plan a nine-day getaway in August, “he said. With
falling close to weekends in August, people can take a day off on April 18 and plan a five-day getaway. “Working professionals can also plan short vacations during the festive season of October,” said Bajapi.
Sharat Dhall, COO of Yatra.com, said 2018 was an exceptional year with the travel industry registering healthy growth. “One major trend we saw was millennials taking more than a couple of short trips, especially during the long weekends. Next year, they will have to plan more judiciously, “said Dhall.
Some travel agents may not affect the travel patterns. “Weekend travel is no longer limited to extended weekends. People take two-day breaks and even overnight trips, “said Ashish Dhruva, marketing head of