Indians prefer long-haul foreign tourist attractions this summer: Report

With summer vacations fast approaching, most Indians are planning to head to long-haul international destinations with booking going up by 25 per cent compared to last year, said a report published by online travel company MakeMyTrip. About 50 per cent of the bookings are made by travellers in the 25-35 age group, says the report.

“Long-haul destinations have registered higher growth this year compared to short-haul ones, with a significant 25 percent growth in the number of trips year-on-year,” said Mohit Gupta, chief operating officer, MakeMyTrip.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of people travelling this summer with 24 per cent more Indians travelling this season. The findings of the report are based on the bookings made on MakeMyTrip platform for travel during April-June.

London and Paris are the top destinations for long-haul trips, while Rome, Toronto, Amsterdam and Istanbul are the top growing international destinations this summer witnessing five-times growth, the report said. Among the short-haul destinations, Dubai followed by Singapore and Thailand continued to be the most popular summer travel destinations.


According to the report, Astana, Almaty, Lombok, Mykonos Vietnam, Jordan, Israel, and Cambodia are among the most searched off-beat international summer destinations.

“With mobiles, becoming the heart of communication, there also has been a remarkable year-on-year increase in bookings coming from smart phones. The transactions made from mobile apps have increased by 64 per cent since last summer,” said Gupta.

Among domestic destinations, Goa continued to top the list followed by Manali, Ooty and Shimla.