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Summer is right around the corner and with it comes peak travel season, a season that Allianz Partners says will show that demand for travel remains strong. In fact, according to the travel insurance provider, American travel to Europe is set to surge 55 percent this summer as compared to the 2022 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 percent of this year’s bookings, with Paris, France, and Dublin, Ireland rounding out the top three most popular vacation spots across the pond.

Milan Moves into Top 10 for Summer Travel

Italy’s 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. Also in the Top Summer 2023 European Destinations are Reykjavik, Iceland (#5), Edinburgh, Scotland (#6) and Lisbon, Portugal (#9).

The new statistics follow last year’s 600 percent increase in American travel to Europe from 2021 to 2022, making it clear, Allianz Partners says, 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 percent of Americans heading to Europe this summer will spend seven days on vacation with 11 percent planning for eight days away from home.

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