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Holiday Travel to Europe Heats up

Americans continue to choose London, Paris and Rome as their preferred European holiday destinations with travel to these cities increasing significantly, while travel to Iceland has plunged, according to a survey by travel insurance and assistance company Allianz Global Assistance.

American travel to Europe is up 25 percent over last year, overall, and the Top 10 European destinations held onto their rankings since 2018, with frontrunners London (49 percent), Paris (57 percent), Rome (34 percent), Amsterdam (28 percent), and Madrid (18 percent) experiencing healthy gains.

Iceland, which appeared on last year’s list at #11, dropped to #31 and will see 84 percent fewer American visitors to the Nordic country, fueled perhaps in part by the collapse of national air carrier WOW Airlines earlier this year. Scandinavian neighbors including Rovaniemi, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden (#27) each enjoyed robust gains in American travelers at 154 percent and 71 percent, respectively.

Allianz reviewed 701,583 million itineraries* during the peak holiday travel season for departures from U.S. airports to European destinations from Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 and returning by Monday, January 6th, 2020.

Florence (#20), the third Italian city in Allianz’s Top 20 European Holiday Travel survey, will see an increase of 46 percent of Americans over last year, while Milan (#11) rises by 35 percent; Venice, which came in at #18 last year and is currently experiencing historical flooding, dropped three spots and out of the Top 20. Czech capital city Prague jumped six spots to #13, with a 42 percent increase in American travelers, and Athens, Greece increased by 32 percent and now claims the 16th most popular European holiday destination title.

“Travel to Iceland has fallen off a fjord, while London, Paris and Rome continue to fly high,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “According to our data, travel to Europe has increased dramatically this holiday season, perhaps fueled by the increasing popularity of river cruising. Wherever you’re headed, don’t let canceled flights, missed connections or lost luggage turn you into a grinch this holiday season: buy travel insurance when you book your trip to help protect your travel investment and give you peace of mind.”

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers.

2019 Holiday Travel to Europe: The Top 35

2019 Rank

Destination + 2018 Ranking

Destination Airport

Change

1

London, UK (1)

London Heathrow

49%

2

Paris, France (2)

Charles De Gaulle

57%

3

Rome, Italy (3)

Leonardo da Vinci International

34%

4

Amsterdam, Netherland (4)

Amsterdam-Schiphol

35%

5

Madrid, Spain (5)

Barajas

28%

6

Barcelona, Spain (6)

El Prat De Llobregat

18%

7

Frankfurt, Germany (7)

Frankfurt International Airport

0%

8

Munich, Germany (8)

Franz Josef Strauss

24%

9

Dublin, Ireland (9)

Dublin

6%

10

Zurich, Switzerland (10)

Zurich Airport

-6%

11

Milan, Italy (13)

Malpensa

35%

12

Lisbon, Portugal (12)

Portela

22%

13

Prague, Czech Republic (19)

Prague – Ruzyne International

42%

14

Belgium, Brussels (14)

Brussels Airport

20%

15

Manchester, UK (17)

Manchester

21%

16

Athens, Greece (20)

Eleftherios Venizelos

32%

17

Vienna, Austria (16)

Schwechat International

4%

18

London, UK (15)

London Gatwick

-1%

19

Berlin, Germany (21)

Berlin Tegel Airport

17%

20

Florence, Italy (25)

Peretola

46%

21

Venice, Italy (18)

Marco Polo

-6%

22

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (23)

Turnhouse

9%

23

Dusseldorf, Germany (24)

Dusseldorf International Airport

10%

24

Stuttgart, Germany (26)

Stuttgart Echterdingen

12%

25

Copenhagen, Denmark (22)

Kastrup

-11%

26

Budapest, Hungary (27)

Ferihegy

11%

27

Stockholm, Sweden (29)

Arlanda

71%

28

Paris, France (30)

Orly

70%

29

Geneva, Switzerland (28)

Geneva

-7%

30

Nice, France (31)

Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport

43%

31

Keflavik, Iceland (11)

Keflavik International Airport

-84%

32

Vantaa, Finland (32)

Helsinki-vantaa

2%

33

Oslo, Norway (33)

Oslo Airport

-18%

34

Glasgow, United Kingdom (TBD)

Glasgow International

13%

35

Nuremberg, Germany (TBD)

Nuremberg Airport

14%

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