“Our data is showing a 26% increase in international travel this summer, and while iconic destinations such as Paris and Rome remain favorites our travelers’ curiosity is prompting discovery of off-the-beaten path global destinations,” says Claire Bennett, EVP and GM of American Express Travel. “From the Maldives—which is showing an outstanding 117% increase in summer bookings—to Costa Smeralda, Marrakech, and Zabreb, travelers are increasingly drawn to this idea of luxury escapism and seeking ways to disconnect—not from technology or creature comforts—but from the everyday chaos."
Locations around the world are surging in popularity and bookings among travelers who want a more exotic trip this summer, she said.
"When we meet new people, taste new food, experience new cultures and customs, differences may certainly be apparent—but then something amazing happens. We begin to notice the things we have in common,” says Bennett.
Here are the hottest destinations of summmer 2017.