New Delhi (Agencies): The countdown for ICC Cricket World Cup has begun and travel packages for all the India matches, apart from semi-finals and final, are almost sold out. According to travel partners of the International Cricket Council (ICC), tour packages are selling like hot cakes.

Also, travel firms that are not officially associated with the ICC are stepping up efforts to cash in on the excitement around the mega sporting event to be played in the sub-continent from February 19 to April 2.

UK-based 'Cricket Logistics' which is the official travel and tour provider for the ICC had appointed TUI India and Mumbai-based Cutting Edge Events to sell special travel packages.

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

“The response has been great. Most of the inventories for India matches, semi-finals and finals have already been sold. We have kept some inventory to be offered later," said TUI Chief Operating Officer Rajiv Duggal.

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

Apart from official partners, online travel services providers, including MakeMyTrip and Cleartrip, have also seen increase 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 bookings done on our website," Cleartrip Vice President Business Development Tarique Khatri said.

Similar pattern has emerged in case of bookings on other days of India matches at different venues. "The travel business overall is growing and the World Cup is giving a boost to it," he added.