New des­ti­na­tions bask in In­dian sum­mer sun

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Come sum­mers, and the big out­bound travel will start from In­dia. With book­ings al­ready on, out­bound op­er­a­tors and agents are prep­ping up itin­er­ar­ies for both new and old favourite des­ti­na­tions. Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Dubai re­main top choices for short haul travel, de­spite the hot and hu­mid cli­mate. On the other hand, May-June are the months that see the max­i­mum long-haul travel from In­dia. While Europe has been an all-time favourite, new des­ti­na­tions like the Philip­pines, Is­rael, Eastern Europe, Korea, Ja­pan and South Amer­i­can coun­tries are see­ing In­di­ans trav­el­ling in big num­bers. Des­ti­na­tions are woo­ing In­dian trav­ellers with in­ter­est­ing pack­ages, air­lines are not far be­hind. In fact, they are quite early for those who want to book in ad­vance, and at much lower rates through ma­jor dis­counts of­fered on their web­sites. While some trav­ellers are book­ing di­rect or via OTAs to get the price ad­van­tage, oth­ers are opt­ing for tailor-made ex­pe­ri­ences de­signed es­pe­cially for them by spe­cialised itin­er­ary crafters. In any case, In­di­ans, whether with big bud­get or not, are trav­el­ling big this sum­mer, and the in­dus­try is cer­tainly smil­ing.

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