India - the jewel in the brochure

Holidaymakers are heading for an Indian summer, with bookings to the subcontinent soaring, according to tour companies. Inspirations has seen India bookings for next winter rise 33 per cent, with the west coast resort of Goa doing particularly well.

And holiday company Unijet is doubling its Goa capacity in its winter 1997-98 brochures, which go on sale next Wednesday.

Inspirations marketing director Francis Torrilla said: "The response to Indian holidays has been incredible, especially to Goa."

Unijet has decided to expand its India programme because of the demand. For the first time, the company is bringing out a standalone India and Sri Lanka brochure. The company's prices to Goa start at pounds 399 for seven nights, while Inspirations' Indian prices begin at pounds 405 for seven nights in Kerala.