Travel packages for India''s World Cup matches almost sold out

New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) With a few days left for thecricket World Cup to kick off, the tour packages for all theIndia matches besides the semi-finals and the final are almostsold out, according to the travel partners of the ICC.

At the same time, travel firms that are not officiallyassociated with the ICC are stepping up efforts to cash in onthe excitement around the mega sporting event to be played inthe sub-continent from February 19 to April 2.

UK-based ''Cricket Logistics'' which is the official traveland tour provider for the International Cricket Council (ICC)had appointed TUI India and Mumbai-based Cutting Edge Eventsto sell special travel packages.

These include hotel stay, air travel, meals, match ticketsand transfers in India.

While India is the most sought after team, packagesdesigned around South Africa and England are next on thepopularity list amongst the fans.

"The response has been great. Most of the inventories forIndia matches, semi-finals and finals have already been sold.

We have kept some inventory to be offered later," TUI ChiefOperating Officer Rajiv Duggal told PTI.

He said, TUI is offering packages priced between Rs 10,000to Rs 45,000 per person per match.

"There is a lot of interest from corporates and we arealso getting individuals booking on the website," he added.

India will play six qualifying matches and can play threemore matches if it reaches the final.

Similarly, according to the co-founder of Cutting EdgeEvents, Mayank Khandwala, because of the limited availabilityof inventory, the packages are selling like hot cakes.

"We are also getting a lot of inquiries and bookings frominternational travellers from Middle-East, Singapore, Africaand Hong Kong," Khandwala said.

Besides the official partners, online travel servicesproviders, including MakeMyTrip and Cleartrip, have also seenincrease in bookings for air tickets and hotels.

"We are not promoting any packages for the Cup. However,we have seen a massive jump in air tickets and hotel bookingsdone on our website," Cleartrip Vice President BusinessDevelopment Tarique Khatri said.

For instance there has been a 100 per cent jump in airtravel and 120 per cent jump in hotel bookings on Cleartrip''swebsite for February 27 when India will play England inBangalore, compared to the same date last year.

Similar pattern has emerged in case of bookings on otherdays of India matches at different venues.

"The travel business overall is growing and the World Cupis giving a boost to it," he added. .

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