Mumbai’s Sahar Garden hotel, which signed up with StayUncle in 2018, said the tie-up added 150,000 rupees ($2,100) to their coffers each month as bookings surged.
“Business just keeps going up,” said Satya Shankar Rao, the hotel’s sales and marketing manager.
With free StayUncle-branded ‘Love Kits’ in each room — a silky red pouch containing condoms, lubricant and chocolate — and staff under strict instructions to respect unmarried guests, the hotel has seen repeat business, according to Rao.
Sunil Kyal, sales director of Mumbai’s Dragonfly boutique hotel, which is preparing for a boom in bookings ahead of Valentine’s Day on Friday, told AFP that StayUncle’s success reflected a generational shift.
“People used to feel that it’s a sin or it is not right (to be in a relationship before marriage),” he said, remarking on changing beliefs.
For young women like PR executive Pooja, 27, the apps are “a blessing”.
“We can’t expect Indian society to grow up overnight,” she said, adding: “But I hope that in the future we don’t need such apps.”
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