EMEA travellers booking trips further in advance, according to Skyscanner

EMEA travellers booking trips further in advance, according to Skyscanner

Searches for Taiwan, Japan and Laos have increased, along with early bookings

Global travel marketplace Skyscanner has published a new report exploring the latest trends in global travel. 

Titled 'Skyscanner Horizons: Destination & Booking Insights Q1 2023', the report unpacks flight search and booking data from the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) – to provide a snapshot of how people are planning to travel over the next six months.

According to the report, EMEA-based travellers are eager to return to destinations in Asia with Taiwan, Japan (pictured) and Laos seeing the highest surges in searches, and EMEA travellers are also planning ahead for summer, with most travellers across the region booking flights two to three months in advance.

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EMEA Short-haul Booking Trends
The report showed that the window of 60 to 89 days grew the most (25%) for short-haul holidays, while the seven- to 29-day window increased by 15%. Windows of more than 90 days declined by 15% as some travellers favoured booking closer to their departure dates. At the end of Q1, however, 90-plus-days is still the highest share, at 31%, as most travellers book summer holidays three months in advance.

EMEA Long-haul Booking Trends
Long haul booking windows of more than 90 days increased by 11% over Q1 2023 to reach a 40% share. It’s a sign travellers are now much more confident to book long-haul travel further ahead in time, especially to destinations in Asia-Pacific after the uncertainty caused by the pandemic dissipates.


The countries with the biggest YoY increase in Q1 searches made within the EMEA region for travel in the next six months, compared to the same period in 2022, are:

  1.  Taiwan +791%
  2. Japan +433%
  3. Laos +367%
  4. China +359%
  5. Saudi Arabia +264%
  6. Malaysia +259%
  7. Singapore +245%
  8. Albania +254%
  9. South Korea +215%
  10. Vietnam +201%

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