Showing a trend towards cashless transactions, online bus and hotel bookings have registered a growth of over 130 per cent since January this year, a report said today.
Online bus bookings have grown 185 per cent, with bookings increasing from 2.5 lakh in January to 7.2 lakh in July while hotel bookings have increased to 1.3 lakh from 60,000 in the same period, showing a growth of 135 per cent, the report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB said.
"Internet economy watch data clearly shows an increase in engagement of consumers when it comes to online bookings. The data has two fold ramifications.
"First, it clearly reflects a trend towards cashless transactions which is what we need today and secondly Internet usage is fast penetrating to end users who not only book air or rail ticket but also bus tickets," IAMAI President Subho Ray said.
He added there is also a spurt in usage of mobile Internet, which is a healthy sign.
Booking of airlines tickets, however, registered the lowest growth since January this year.
The segment registered a growth of 20 per cent with 18.4 lakh bookings in July as compared to 15.3 lakh bookings in January while railway tickets bookings grew 43 per cent to reach 67 lakh in July as compared to 47 lakh in January.