Where in the world will you be this summer? Want to know where other travelers are going? If you care, luxury travel network Virtuoso® just sent out a press release revealing the hot travel trends for summer and some aren’t what you might expect. Italy however isn’t one of them. The country is always popular from June through autumn and it is again this year topping the chart at number one. Next comes United kingdom, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Greece and Israel.
Although Europe is on many traveler’s to do list, Virtuoso says that sales are flat to the continent compared to last summer. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks however, France, led by Paris, is on the rebound and there are lots of bargains to be had. European countries offering great value to travelers are seeing spikes. Bookings to the Netherlands are up 38 percent this summer over last, with Virtuoso’s partner hotels showing average daily rates (ADR) 44 percent lower than the European average of $793 per night. Ireland’s ADR is 31 percent lower than the European average, leading it to see a 58 percent jump in bookings. Travelers visiting Ireland are flocking to Dublin and Galway in particular, along with county Laois in the center of the country.
Virtuoso’s Hot 10 analysis puts Africa up there with a 15 percent growth in travel to the continent over last year. Tanzania, it claims, is experiencing a huge increase in bookings, as travelers seek out its incredible scenery and diversity of wildlife. South Africa is also up from 2015’s summer bookings; together the two countries represent 80 percent of Virtuoso’s travel to Africa. Portugal is also up significantly, with travel to the Azores of particular interest. Its hotel ADR is also favorable for travelers at 58 percent lower than the European average. Of the European countries, it’s exhibiting the strongest growth year over year, although Ireland, Russia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland also rate slots on the Hot 10. Brazil is seeing a big boost due to the Summer Olympics, being heldAugust 5-21. Mexico and Jamaica, more typical winter travel destinations, are benefiting from inexpensive direct flights from the United States (U.S.) as well as reasonable hotel rates.
Where are you headed for your summer break? Let us know by leaving a comment. Also let us know if the fear of terrorism has any effect on your travel plans. Also watch the video for some travel tips you might be able to use.