End of 2019 Reflections

In less than 48 hours, we will say goodbye to 2019. As the year closes, end of year reflections are everywhere…
2019 was a rewarding year for Holidays by BlueSky and we would like to thank you for your trust and loyalty. We would like to share with you our greatest achievements and some interesting facts during the past 12 months. 
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What were the most booked destinations in 2019?
A mix of distinct and indulgent cultures, rich historical sites, modern landscapes and with the best street food, Asia was the continent which attracted Mauritian travelers. This dynamic continent which feels like four worlds in one, is not only the most accessible but has also the most affordable destinations.

The four countries which made it to top of the list were: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Thailand and India. Best-known for their cheap cost of living, they are filled with diverse cultural experiences and appeal to all shopaholics. Many prefer these destinations for their wonderful landscapes, astounding architecture and landmarks.

South Africa and France were also among the top-booked destinations, especially because of the African biodiversity and rare wildlife-spotting, the French gastronomic experiences and romantic landmarks. These countries appeal to customers wanting to get off the beaten track and find places where they can relax with their close ones or on their own. Whether it’s jungle trekking, or hunting for fine dining, these 2 countries have hundreds of regions where you can get away from the crowds and create lifetime memories. 


Are there any new travel experiences customers are looking for?
2019 witnessed a remarkable demand for cruise holidays and it was a record-breaking year for mostly Europe and Indian Ocean Cruises. Almost all of our Costa Cruise as well as MSC cruise packages were fully booked during the 3 days of ‘Salon du Prêt-à-Partir 2019.’ Holidays by BlueSky, being the only official representative of Costa Cruise in Mauritius, we look forward to continue providing our customers with a selection of cruises in Indian Ocean, Europe, Asia, America and Middle East among others.

We also noticed a strong travel trend of customers seeking to book theme parks and events for their vacation. Disneyland Paris and Puy du Fou for the festive season was in great demand since beginning of the year. Suncity resort was also in full swing as it comprises of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues when it comes to family looking for fun. Events such as Grand Prix Abu Dhabi and Manchester v/s Liverpool were among the top request for customers. In 2020, we will be on the lookout for such unique holiday ideas and will create affordable packages for epic holidays!

Finally, from posh with pool to basic but functional, we have noted significant requests for self-catering villas. Even being away from home, vacationers still want to feel cozy and comfortable within an accommodation giving them the sense of ‘home sweet home’. And these villas are ideal since they are secluded and customers actually look for privacy and intimacy. This type of lodging also attracts many travelers who are on a budget as they are more affordable than hotels. 


Who are travelling most, in terms of age?
The Generation X were the most active travelers in 2019. This generation born between 1965 and 1980, are deal-conscious and usually opt for family-holiday packages. Some of these include India, Thailand, Bangkok and Cape Town among others. The Generation Y also known as Millennials, prioritizes their budget on flights and are more likely to seek cheaper accommodation. They are heavily influenced by social media and thus have travelled to instagrammic places like Phuket, Bali, Singapore, Istanbul and Turkey, Reunion Island and Kruger Park or Cape Town. Baby Boomers aged 50 and above, have booked most of our Costa Cruise packages which are on full-board basis with lots of services and facilities included. This suit the generation as they usually seek worry-free vacations.

The one thing that all generations had in common were that they all looked for genuine and authentic experiences. Whether its luxury or budget travel, they seek to have a 360-degree experience of culture, gastronomic, adventure, and enjoy the ‘’real-thing’’ not something orchestrated for tourists. 


Are there more cruise or normal holiday packages?
Definitely more cruise holidays! Cruise destinations include that of Europe, Indian Ocean and Asia. The rise in cruise bookings is namely as it is the most affordable way to discover several countries during one holiday on full-board basis. It is also more hassle-free as one does not need to pack and unpack each time and most of the daily planning is done before-hand. Furthermore, the luxuriousness one witness on a cruise is incomparable.

Our packages enabled passengers to discover exotic destinations such as Koh Samui, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Florida, Balearic Islands, Seychelles and Reunion Island among many others. Cruises will remain popular in 2020 and for the next 5 years as per our forecast as more travelers look to switch off from work and cruise holiday is the preferred option simply to digitally detox. Lastly, we encourage solo travelers to opt for this vacation as cruises are a fantastic way to meet new, interesting people. 


Is there a specific destination that is now on rise? 
Turkey and Egypt are now on almost every wanderlust’s travel bucket list! 

Packed with ancient historical monuments and endowed with a showcase scenery that never fails to impress, Turkey is a fascinating country and bookings are rising incredibly in Mauritius. The dazzling culture, cuisine, natural wonders, nightlife and shopping tours amaze all adventurers. While traveling to this vibrant country, many people also visited Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, with surreal, swooping valleys, cliff ridges rippling panoramas. Hot air balloon ride here is a must. 

Egypt is the country which every globetrotter must visit. Being among the favorite countries of our customers in 2019, we rate this destination as the most historical with thrilling experiences and sightseeing places, leaving many travelers lost in awe. Others preferred the landmarks and spectacular pyramids of Ginza. 


What do customers like the most about BlueSky? 
Throughout the years, our travel agency which is part of Rogers Aviation has built a solid reputation. We are recognized for our travel agent’s expertise and destination awareness. Customers also seek our services because of our numerous budget friendly packages. Our dedicated team strives to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and is easily reachable. We have an online presence on Facebook and a 24/7 assistance on our website via our virtual chatbot Coco. Visit us at our travel lounges Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius, Moka or Rogers House, Port-Louis and meet our experts to tailor-make your holiday. 
We would like to thank each and everyone of you for always choosing BlueSky and making us a leader in the travel industry in Mauritius. 

Holidays by Bluesky wishes you all a Happy New Year 2020.
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