With summer in full swing, Travel Agents reached out to several tour operators to get the scoop on which European destinations are trending this season. Many of the usual popular destinations have again topped the list this year, namely Italy, France, Spain and England. However, some operators we spoke with report a growing interest in travel to the countries of Portugal and Croatia during this summer.
“Looking at our bookings for June, July and August this year, the most popular European destinations – both in terms of top countries and top cities – are very similar to those that are best - sellers throughout the year, ” says Harry Dalgaard, founder and president of Avanti Destinations. “It is true that while some destinations are popular all year long, a higher percentage of European bookings (nearly 50 percent of the 12 - month total) are for the summer months. That is true in England and Iceland, in particular. Almost all of our Croatia bookings are for the summer months. ”
Dalgaard notes that Avanti’s top - selling European countries for this summer, in descending order of volume of bookings, are Italy, France, England, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Greece, Switzerland and Austria. Meanwhile, in terms of sales for European cities, Rome, Paris, London, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Sorrento, Edinburgh, Munich and Dublin all rank at the top in terms of popularity.