As the Dollar stays around parity, Aussies are travelling in droves

On November 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Expedia reports triple-digit growth for some international destinations

With the Australian Dollar recently having broken through parity against the US Dollar and continuing to increase against other major currencies, many Australians are taking advantage of the good times and heading overseas in the later stages of 2010.

According to recent bookings* on, operated by Expedia Inc., the world's largest online travel company, triple-digit year-on-year growth has been recorded for hotel bookings in some international destinations. Expedia predicts this surge in international travel to continue with many Aussies considering a Christmas abroad.

Close by, New Zealand’s Auckland and Christchurch took out the top two spots, recording year-on-year growth of 215% and 150% respectively for hotel bookings while Bali, Bangkok and New York round out the top five of the most popular destinations booked.

Louise Crompton, Senior Manager Marketing, Expedia Australia and New Zealand said: “We have seen a surge in international bookings recently with many Australians taking advantage of favourable exchange rates and treating themselves to a trip abroad. Long-haul destinations are selling like hot cakes right now. provides great value for money and more choice with over 120,000 hotels and over 180 airlines available. Travellers can even lock in their hotel price at the time of booking if they choose an Expedia Special rate hotel. That way they don’t need to worry about any future currency fluctuations,” Ms Crompton said.

Top five overseas destinations for Australian travellers by hotel transactions during the period 1 – 6 November 2010 were:





Auckland, New Zealand


Christchurch, New Zealand


Bali, Indonesia


New York, USA


Bangkok, Thailand

*Transactions made between 1 and 6 November 2010 in comparison with transactions conducted in the same period in 2009.

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