From London to The Boot and beyond, Americans’ Love of Europe Boosts International Travel
Richmond, Virginia, May 10, 2023 – According to travel insurance provider Allianz Partners’ annual Top 10 Summer European Destinations review, the number of Americans traveling to Europe will increase dramatically this year, rising by 55% over last year’s summer season.
The travel protection and assistance company analyzed flight itineraries* for trips of five to eight days in length between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It found that the reigning number one destination, London, England, will welcome 25% of this year’s bookings, with Paris, France (#2) and Dublin, Ireland (#3) rounding out the top three most popular vacation spots across the pond.
It’s been 70 years since Dean Martin sang about the world’s affinity for Italy in his popular “That’s Amoré,” and travelers continue to favor the Old Country for its food, wine, art and architecture. Capital city Rome inched up a spot to #4 and fashion-forward Milan moved into the Top 10 with its first appearance since the survey began in 2015. The resurgence of travel to Milan also knocked off the consistently popular Barcelona, Spain, for the first time in the survey’s history. Other notable moves for 2023 included Amsterdam, Netherlands, jumping two positions year over year to #8 while Athens, Greece, climbed up one spot to #7.
The new statistics follow last year’s 600% increase in American travel to Europe from 2021 to 2022, making it clear that revisiting European favorites and new bucket list destinations after years of restrictions will remain a priority when mapping out memorable summer travel plans.
“Last year, we saw a major increase in American travel to Europe and this summer indicates even higher demand, so it’s more important than ever to plan for a busy summer travel season,” said Daniel Durazo, director of external communications at Allianz Partners USA. “From booking your dream hotel room with incredible views, to locking down flight schedules, planning ahead is key, and so is considering travel insurance to protect your travel investment from covered trip cancellations, interruptions, delays and medical emergencies.”
The survey also reviewed planned trip length, finding that 80% of Americans heading to Europe this summer will spend seven days on vacation with 11% planning for eight days away from home.
Allianz Partners offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, hotel companies, cruise lines and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz and available travel policies, please visit http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/.
Top Summer 2023 European Destinations
*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2023 Summer traveling plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from US airports to Europe during the Summer season (5/26/23 to 9/5/2023) for trips between 5-8 days in length.
Download the Top Summer 2023 European Destinations chart here
About Allianz Partners
In the United States, Allianz Partners USA (AGA Service Company) offers Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans and serves millions of customers each year. In addition to travel protection, the company offers event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. AGA Service Company is doing business as Allianz Global Assistance Insurance Agency in California (License # 0B01400) and Massachusetts. Allianz Partners USA is part of the Allianz Partners group. Allianz Partners is a world leader in B2B2C insurance and assistance, offering global solutions that span international health and life, travel insurance, mobility and assistance. Customer driven, our innovative experts are redefining insurance services by delivering future-ready, high-tech, high-touch products and solutions that go beyond traditional insurance. Present in over 75 countries, our 19,400 employees speak 70 languages, handle over 58 million cases each year, and are motivated to go the extra mile to offer peace of mind to our customers around the world.
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