Deals of the week
Intrastate travel continues to boom, with dining destinations high on holidaymaker wishlists
THE ANNUAL FAMILY TRIP to Bali may have been replaced with a staycation this year, and the once-ina-lifetime holiday to Europe postponed indefinitely. But a travel revival is predicted for the second half of 2020 as Aussie holiday-makers take advantage of domestic travel deals.
People searching for domestic tours and hotel packages jumped by 105 per cent from May to June 2020, with destinations in Queensland and Western Australia the most popular, according to a new survey by TripADeal.
Dreams of a trans-Tasman travel bubble also resulted in a surge in searches for New Zealand holiday deals, which increased by 43 per cent.
TripADeal co-founder Richard Johnston says actual bookings for June increased by 87 per cent when compared with June 2019. And room nights booked for July are already 367 per cent higher than June, proving Aussie travellers are keen to get out and explore the first chance they get.
“We’re expecting to see a significant increase in interstate bookings in coming weeks, with the announcement of a Queensland reopening date delivering a big confidence boost,” Richard says.
A recent Luxury Escapes survey found a similar resilience in the domestic travel market as 86 per cent of Aussies claim they’re likely to travel in 2020, with Queensland named the destination most people want to visit post-COVID, followed by Western Australia and Tasmania. Eight in 10 respondents also claim that supporting local producers and suppliers is more important now than it was six months ago.
And, when they do go away, Luxury Escapes CEO Cameron Holland says people are seeking out special holidays with a significant increase in luxurious intrip experiences, not just accommodation deals. Food- and wine-related experiences top the most popular purchased on the site, as well as a rise in private luxury airport transfers.
But, while domestic travel dominates holiday plans, some Aussies with an adventuring spirit still have hopes of an international destination this year. Up to 16 per cent of Australians have not ruled out travelling overseas, according to a global consumer trends report by Dynata.
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