European travelers opt for early summer trips to beat crowds

Most Europeans planning to travel this summer will take a trip before the peak month of August

Apr 17, 2023

Rising travel costs due to inflation, the ongoing war in Ukraine and concerns about extreme weather conditions play a part in Europeans’ travel choices for spring and summer 2023, according to the latest data from the European Travel Commission (ETC).

Key takeaways

  • About 72% of Europeans intend to travel between April and September this year;
  • Leisure remains the primary reason for travel (69%), though the drop of 7% over 2022 suggests a potential slowdown in the post-pandemic ‘revenge’ travel;
  • Business travel, in contrast, has recorded a 3% annual increase, now accounting for 8% of all intended trips.

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