Deals of the week

In­trastate travel con­tin­ues to boom, with din­ing des­ti­na­tions high on hol­i­day­maker wish­lists

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - OPEN FOR BUSINESS - Mercedes Maguire

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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