New destinations bask in Indian summer sun
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.