European travellers, once loved by suppliers for their tendency to book months in advance, are increasingly confirming their trips much later in hopes of scoring attractive last-minute discounts. A top level hotelier with an international chain added that the rising number of late bookings was also a result of “too many hotel options” available in Asia, allowing the increasingly budget conscious Europeans to “shop around” for best rates. Yves Van Kerrebroeck, deputy managing director with Asian Trails in Bangkok, said: “(The climate in Europe) is not very encouraging at the moment, economically and politically, for people to feel secure about spending on longhaul travel. Get the full story at TTG Asia