US and Thailand prove most popular Christmas destinations for Aussies

On January 19, 2011 at 09:00 AM

Triple-digit growth for some international destinations last Christmas

Thanks to the strength of the Australian Dollar towards the end of last year, a number of international destinations, in particular the United States and Thailand, recorded significant growth among Australian travellers last Christmas, according to booking data* from online travel company Expedia.com.au.

New York and Los Angeles were the two most popular US destinations overall in both air and hotel booking transactions, while hubs Newark (a secondary New York airport) and Denver, and the ever popular Las Vegas recorded triple-digit growth in flight bookings for departures in the period. Thailand’s main tourist entry ports of Phuket and Ko Samui experienced similar growth in flight transactions, while Fiji was the number one package destination for Australians in the same period.

Despite the significant year-on-year transaction growth in international destinations, Sydney and Melbourne remained the top two destinations (overall in transaction volume terms) for Christmas.

Nicolas Chu, General Manager, Expedia Australia & New Zealand, said: “While domestic were still the most popular in terms of actual booking volumes, the really interesting thing for Expedia was how extraordinary the growth in some international destinations was for Australians last Christmas. Clearly Australians sought to make the most of the record strength in the Australian Dollar, as well as some excellent last-minute deals to head overseas for the Christmas holidays,” he said.

Expedia.com.au is operated by Expedia, Inc., the world’s largest online travel company, which offers Australian travellers a choice of over 130,000 hotels and over 180 airlines, as well as hotel, flight and car packages.

Top five international growth destinations for Australian travellersby flight bookings with travel dates commencing during the period 20–25 December 2010:

 

Rank

Destination

1

Phuket, Thailand (168%)

2

Denver, USA (161%)

3

New York (EWR), USA (146%)

4

Ko Samui, Thailand (128%)

5

Las Vegas, USA (107%)

Top five international destinations for Australian travellers by flight bookings with travel dates commencing during the period 20–25 December 2010:

 

Rank

Destination

1

Auckland

2

Los Angeles

3

New York

4

London

5

Fiji

Top five international destinations for Australian travellers by hotel bookings with travel dates commencing during the period 20–25 December 2010:

 

Rank

Destination

1

Los Angeles

2

New York

3

Las Vegas

4

Singapore

5

Fiji

   

*For travel dates beginning 20-25 December 2010.

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