Europe, Orlando Top AAA's 2016 'Summer Travel Destinations' Lists

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Beth Mosher
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June 08, 2016
European travel demand remains strong as Americans plan trips to Rome and London; Orlando retains top spot for domestic travel
AURORA, Ill. (June 8, 2016) – Demand for travel to Europe remains strong, and AAA summer travel bookings show that Rome and London are at the top of many international travelers’ itineraries this summer. Americans are also flocking to warm-weather destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean, and increasingly traveling to Canada to take advantage of favorable exchange rates.

The top international summer destinations, based on AAA bookings for travel June 1 through August 15, are:
  1. Rome, Italy (4)
  2. London, England (3)
  3. Cancun, Mexico (1)
  4. Vancouver, Canada (8)
  5. Paris, France (7)
  6. Dublin, Ireland (6)
  7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2)
  8. Montego Bay, Jamaica (5)
  9. Calgary, Canada
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
    (Number in parentheses indicates summer 2015 ranking position)
“Europe remains very popular with American travelers despite recent terrorism concerns. In fact, some of the most popular European destinations moved higher on the list this year,” said Joseph J. Richardson Jr., President and CEO, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Increased security, a strong dollar and discounted pricing are motivating millions of Americans to venture across the pond for their summer vacations.”

Illinois Summer Traveler Statistics
(AAA Consumer Pulse survey™)
  • 84% plan to take at least one summer trip, of 2 days or more from May - September
  • 78% will travel domestically, 22% internationally
  • Of the various vacations: 66% will include driving, 59% flying, 8% other modes (train, RV, etc.)
Travel Alert
On May 31, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert for Europe, citing the risk of potential terror attacks. Travel Alerts are issued for short-term events that travelers should be aware of when planning to visit a country. This differs from a travel warning in which the State Department urges travelers to consider very carefully whether to visit a country or region at all.

AAA urges travelers to exercise vigilance when traveling and be aware of their immediate surroundings. Determining when and where to travel is very personal. The strong interest in Europe and even Paris shows that many Americans are undeterred by recent global events.”

Top Domestic Destinations
Domestically, the great American road trip is back, with nearly 56 percent of Americans planning a drive vacation this summer, according to a recent AAA survey. The lowest summertime gas prices in 11 years are prompting Americans to drive in record numbers. More than half of U.S. adults say low gas prices are prompting them to hit the roads this year.

AAA’s top domestic summer travel destinations include:
  1. Orlando, Fla. (1)
  2. Seattle, Wash.
  3. Los Angeles/Anaheim, Calif. (7)
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii (4)
  5. Las Vegas, Nev.
  6. Anchorage, Alaska
  7. New York, N.Y.
  8. Maui, Hawaii
  9. San Francisco, Calif.
  10. Denver, Colo.
    (Number in parentheses indicates summer 2015 ranking position)
“There are several newcomers to AAA's list of most-popular U.S. travel destinations" said Richardson, "This tells us that Americans are looking forward to venturing out this summer and exploring diverse destinations from coast to coast. However, Orlando remains a top draw for travelers of all ages. The 'City Beautiful' is world renowned for its world famous theme parks, top notch hotels and restaurants, all sandwiched between some of the most beautiful beaches in the world."
Before setting out on a summer vacation, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, request AAA roadside assistance and more. For in-person travel planning, seek the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor, who can provide personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation. For more information and to begin planning a trip, visit  

About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Illinois from April 12, 2016 – April 28, 2016. A total of 410 residents completed the survey.  Survey results have a margin of error of ± 4.8 percentage points. Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Illinois.


About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.
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