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Global travel bookings for summer surpass 2019 levels, with intra-regional travel leading the way: 

The global travel bookings for the summer (June 1 – August 31) have already surpassed 2019 levels, with intra-regional travel leading the way, shows data.

One of the world’s biggest Online Travel Agencies (OTA), headquartered in Shanghai, Group shared its data and trends to identify the patterns emerging as travel rebounds around the world.

According to the study, the company revealed that overall bookings on the platform for this summer have increased by 170 percent when compared to the same period in 2022. Specifically, thanks to the relaxation of travel restrictions in Asia-Pacific (APAC), summer bookings have skyrocketed by 356 percent yearly in Asia, with European markets recording a 72 percent yearly increase for this summer.

Travelers “wait-and-see” for long-haul tours

The OTA found that short-haul regional tours are the preferred trip style this summer, with short-distance flight bookings accounting for 44 percent of all bookings in Asia and more than half of those in Europe (67 percent).  

On the other hand, the percentage of long-haul summer travel in Europe dropped significantly from 48 percent in 2019 to 13 percent this year. Over in Asia, the portion is up slightly from 22 percent in 2019 to 27 percent.

Specifically, “Asian travelers are focusing on travel closer to home. The top 10 most-booked cities in Asia are – Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taipei,”, said

Among the 10 most-booked cities in Asia, Singapore (7th) and Jeju City (10th) are destinations with casinos. 

The world’s biggest gaming hub, Macau, is not in Asia’s top 10 most-booked cities. However, Macau is in the 8th place in the most searched cities for Asian travelers. 

Likewise, for European travellers, nine out of 10 destinations booked this summer are European cities – such as London, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris; Bangkok is the only destination on the list outside of Europe.

Interestingly, even though European users are in “wait-and-see” mode for long-distance travel, search demand is still prominent – search data show that European users are looking for hotels in Asian and Middle East destinations, with Bali Island, Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Marrakech listed in the top-10 most searched hotel destinations.

Global travel bookings for summer surpass 2019 levels, with intra-regional travel leading the way: 

Music festival, theme park – the new engine of Asian summer travel

Music festivals and theme parks are gaining momentum in the tourism market, especially for the summer vacation period. According to data from’s UGC platform Trip Moments, discussions on ‘going to music events’ while traveling are trending in Hong Kong and South Korean sites, especially music fans from the Chinese mainland looking to flock to Hong Kong for concerts and performances in 2023.

Theme parks and water parks are drawing traveler’s attention this summer as well, with some new theme parks opening up in the region, such as the “Making of Harry Potter” in Tokyo, which will be the largest indoor Harry Potter attraction in the world and the first Warner Bros. Studio Tour to open in Asia.

“Indeed, most travelers have chosen intra-regional getaways this summer, but that doesn’t mean they will have less fun. Travelers are seeking unique and mind-blowing travel experiences this summer that they missed for the past three years,” Senior Marketing Director of Han Feng commented.

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan is an editor, interpreter, and journalist. With over a decade of experience, she writes in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Viviana started her career in Macau-based newspapers, where she became passionate about the region's social, financial, and cultural development. Her writing focuses on the economy, emerging industries, gaming development, political affairs, and cross cultural-exchange in the business and cultural domains. She is avid for news and eager to discover and cover stories that generate public relevance.



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