With the onset of India’s key wedding season, India’s largest travel services firm Thomas Cook (India) and its subsidiary SOTC Travel, have identified strong demand from the high opportune couple segment – honeymooners and couples celebrating anniversaries and special occasions.
To cater to the unique requirements/preferences of this segment, the two companies have launched a diverse range of packages for honeymoons and romantic holidays, with diverse price points.
According to a press statement, the two companies’ consumer data reveals a significant growth of over 40 pc from India’s couple/honeymoon segment – metros, mini-metros, tier 2 – 3 cities. With a strategic intent to capitalise on this demand, Thomas Cook and SOTC Travel’s honeymoon and romantic holidays portfolio features a range of handpicked destinations from favourites like Switzerland, with scenic Lucerne to Gstaad’s ski-spa resorts, Paris, south of France or mountain resort of Chamonix, Austria, Australia-New Zealand, Turkiye, Oman, Iceland, Vietnam and Cambodia, says the statement. On offer are an array of island locales too: Hawaii, Greece, Jeju Island, Thailand’s Krabi, Kho Pha-Ngan, Hua-Hin, French Polynesia, Bali, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Fiji, adds the statement.
Thomas Cook & SOTC Travel’s honeymoon and romantic itineraries offer exceptional experiences like a private sailing and barbecue dinner in Thailand, a Viennese waltz dance lesson in Austria, a unique cheese fondue experience atop a Swiss mountain peak, a sumptuous floating breakfast in the Maldives/Bali or a gastronomic feast in France and Italy.
Fun outdoor experiences have been incorporated to appeal to this young segment. These include Harley Davidson rides in New Zealand, couple horseback tours in South Africa, igloo stays and chasing the aurora borealis in Finland, snorkelling-diving with a beach picnic in the Andamans, kayaking through Abu Dhabi’s mangroves, glamping in Oman and high adrenaline outdoor-adventure in New Zealand.
Luxury options include an enchanting journey on the Palace on Wheels, Orient Express, panoramic views aboard the VIP car of the Golden Express or premium cruise lines, an elegant chateau stay in France or Maldivian underwater villas.
“Our Honeymoon & Romantic Holidays portfolio has been thoughtfully curated to offer truly memorable locales and experiences to India’s honeymooners and couples celebrating special occasions. To delight India’s young couples, we have woven in fun/exciting and adrenaline filled experiences. Our product offers value to luxury, ready-to-book and customised programs co-curated by our experts,” says Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook India.
“We have carefully designed our Honeymoon & Romantic Holidays to appeal to India’s new-age couples by including exclusive/non-standard experiences. From panoramic beach picnics to skiing and spa mountain activities; uber-luxury rail and cruise journeys, we have tailor-made romantic options that are sure to delight honeymooners and couples,” says Daniel D’souza President & Country Head – Holidays, SOTC Travel.