The White Lotus TV series ensured a tourist boom for Sicily in Italy – Dagsavisen

According to information from Expedia, searches for flights to Sicily tripled before this summer compared to previous years CNN Travel. Very strong interest from Americans.

An important reason may be that the TV series: Action in season 2 of the popular series White Lotus on HBO was added to the Italian island of Sicily. Most of it was filmed in the city of Taormina, but was filmed in several locations on the island. The series will be released in October 2022.

Already in December, the number of searches soared, he wrote Weekly Trip. The Hotel San Domenico Palace in particular, where most of the action was filmed, was in high demand.

– Totally wild

Interest in going to Europe for vacations has generally increased sharply among Americans this year, he wrote CNN Travel.

The Perillo Tours company in the US had not seen such a surge in interest since the 1970s. The company sells trips to Italy in particular, and typically sells 80 percent of its capacity annually. So far this year, the company has sold 96 percent of its annual trips, which also includes Spain and Greece, owner Steve Perillo told CNN.

– It’s going to be wild, he said.

For the depressed economies of southern Europe, this is a welcome return – but many point out that such large-scale tourism is unsustainable, and hope the pandemic will change travel patterns.

But after years of silence during the pandemic, tourism is making a comeback in southern Europe. Early bookings suggest that Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal could see record revenue from tourism this year, he said Reuters news agency in May.

– In Italy we are experiencing a tremendous increase in tourism, says Carlo Messina, head of Italy’s largest bank, Intesa SanPaolo.

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