DESIRE FOR QUALITY FAMILY TIME KEEPS THE AUSSIE HOLIDAY DREAM ALIVE

On August 31, 2015 at 12:58 AM

Monday, 31 August 2015: Concerns about the economy, and the rising cost of living, may be forcing Australians to tighten their belts, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily impacting on family travel plans.

New research* released today by the Expedia.com.au brand shows a large portion of parents continue to make travel a key priority, with quality time spent together as a family ranked as the strongest motivation for making holiday plans (42%). This is above having no interruptions from work (17%) and introducing the children to new cities and broadening their horizons (14%).  

Despite a weaker Australian dollar, Aussie parents say they are keeping their holiday dreams alive. A third (33%) are still planning to take an overseas holiday, though some are reducing the time they will go away for (6%), or planning to travel to more affordable destinations (6%). A further 33% are choosing to stay closer to home with a domestic holiday.

While quality family time is the key attraction for parents, price is a key consideration, with the cost of accommodation (68%), cost of flights (53%) and getting a ‘deal’ on accommodation and flights (34%) the most important factors for parents when booking family travel. In order to get the best value for money, parents are researching cost-cutting measures online (59%), grabbing last-minute deals (31%), signing up for travel loyalty programs (19%) and opting for all-inclusive holidays (18%).

Nearly a fifth of savvy parents (17%) package their flight and hotel together to save, a habit Expedia.com.au expert Kelly Cull says can provide significant savings: “Simply by booking your flight and hotel together at the same time on Expedia.com.au, you could save up to $200** on the total booking – it’s such an easy way to save. By booking a package, even during peak travel periods like school holidays, parents can look forward to having some extra cash to put towards kids’ activities, entertainment and dining.”

Expedia.com.au is seeing strong year-on-year demand from families for cost-effective package holidays to popular international holiday hotspots including Rome (33%), Auckland (33%), New York (17%) and Bali (11%), as well as year-round domestic favourites including Port Douglas (90%), Whitsundays (41%) and Cairns (33%).

Cull continues: “It’s encouraging to see that so many parents look for ways to help make their travel dreams a reality, not willing to give up on spending precious time together as a family. As a mum, I really cherish the time that my husband and I get to spend together with our daughter when on holiday – such uninterrupted time together can be hard to find.”

Where to find the best savings^

International:

 

AVE PACKAGE SAVING

New York

$528.00

Fiji

$487.00

Oahu

$342.00

Phuket

$300.00

Singapore

$237.00

Rome

$233.00

Bali

$205.00

 

 

Domestic:

 

AVE PACKAGE SAVING

Cairns

$204.00

Port Douglas

$153.00

Gold Coast

$124.00

Sydney

$122.00

 

 

Changing Priorities

While family travel remains a key priority for parents with children of all ages, the factors that parents consider most important when booking a holiday change as children grow older. Outside of accommodation and flight costs, the top priorities for parents are:

For kids under 1:

1.    Safety and security at the destination (47%)

2.    Travel time to the destination (46%)

3.    Price of food and drinks, and free breakfast options (35%)

 

For kids aged 1-5:

1.    Kids’ activities at accommodation (34%)

2.    Convenience of flight times (21%)

3.    Laundry facilities at accommodation (11%)

 

For kids aged 6-10:

1.    Family rooms at accommodation (36%)

2.    Kids’ activities at accommodation (34%)

3.    Weather at destination (34%)

 

For kids aged 11-15:

1.    Family rooms at accommodation (38%)

2.    Weather at destination (37%)

3.    Pools at accommodation (23%)

 

For kids aged 16-18:

1.    Sightseeing options at destination (40%)

2.    Self-contained accommodation (38%)

3.    Weather at destination (37%)

 

ENDS

 

For further information or interviews please contact:

Micky Ortner

Haystac PR

Micky.ortner@haystac.com.auor (02) 8094 7762

 

Notes to Editor

·         *The study was commissioned by Expedia.com.au and conducted amongst 1,016 Australian parents with children under the age of 18 in July 2015.

·         **Based on average total savings on all package bookings made on Expedia.com.au in the period 1 January 2015 – 30 June 2015. Rates & savings subject to selections made and may not be available on all packages.

·         ^Data based on average total saving made on all package bookings to the stated destination on Expedia.com.au from 1 June 2014 – 1 June 2015. Savings may not be available on all packages. Rates and savings subject to selections made.

 

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  • Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in 12 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia
  • Travelocity®, a pioneer in online travel and a leading online travel agency in the US and Canada
  • Egencia®, a leading corporate travel management company
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  • Wotif Group, a leading operator of travel brands in the Asia-Pacific region, including Wotif.com ®, lastminute.com.au®, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct®, LateStays.com and GoDo.com.au
  • Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of online and in-market concierge services, activities, experiences and ground transportation in hundreds of destinations worldwide
  • Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
  • Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, a provider of exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of 180 franchise locations across North America
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