Hyderabad: AbhiBus, a online bus travel aggregator, has witnessed a 60% rise in bus bookings to Tirupati in December 2020 over December 2019 wherein there has been a 10% spike in the Goa route.
It saw a 136% month-on-month spike in engagement in December 2020 with over 50,000 online bus bookings through its platform abhibus.com and mobile apps. This development is a result of gradual easing in the lockdown wherein people started travelling across States. This was restricted otherwise in the past six to seven months.
Bookings to Tirupati have seen a considerable increase with around 1000 average daily bookings from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bangalore, Anantapur and Kurnool. Travellers to Goa have mostly been noticed from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad.
Rohit Sharma, Chief Operating Officer of Abhibus said, “We were expecting an inevitable spike during the winters as the lockdown has eased and the weather too is travel-friendly. Although, the Tirumala authorities have capped daily darshans to 30,000 – 35,000 per day as compared to usual Pre-covid average of 90,000 per day, sentiments and faith in pilgrimage visit played a critical role in this recent spike.”
Since the lockdown was eased in September 2020, Abhibus witnessed a 32% and 36% month-on -month increase in bookings to Tirupati in October and November 2020 respectively. It has also recorded a 10% to 15% further spike in bus bookings during the weekends. About 70% of travellers to Tirupati have booked their returns within 2 days of stay wherein 80% of travelers to Goa have booked their return on Abhibus’ platform within 4 days of stay.
Founded in the year 2008, AbhiBus Services provides e-ticketing solutions to 3000 private operators, technology solutions and online passenger reservation system to more than 650 private bus operators and 13 State Road Transport Corporations across India. Its software solutions include fleet management solutions, vehicle tracking systems, passenger information systems, and logistics. AbhiBus has over 5 million active users per month and more than 6.5 million app downloads.
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