Tourism

Two in five travellers planning trips as early June, says Tripadvisor

Australians are preparing for holidays in the immediate to near future, with two in five (41 per cent) travellers surveyed by Tripadvisor saying they are planning a trip between now and 31 May.

From a pool of 2,000 people surveyed across six countries, with Australia among them, Tripadvisor found that interest in immediate travel is more pronounced in the younger crowd.

Up to 45 per cent of millennials and gen Z travellers (45 per cent) are keen to get away from now to 31 May, a stark difference from the same period a year ago when 70 per cent didn’t travel at all.

In addition, 85 per cent of millennials and gen Z travellers identified in the survey said they were planning a trip this autumn (compared to 42 per cent in total).

The survey also found that:

  • 77 per cent of millennials and gen Z survey respondents believe day-to-day life will return to normal within three months (compared to 28.5 per cent total)
  • 77 per cent believe they will be better off financially in the next 12 months than they are today (compared to 29 per cent total)
  • 50 per cent are optimistic the economy will rebound within three months and grow just as strong or stronger than before (compared to 19 per cent total).

Holidaying close to home is a trend that is set to continue, as Tripadvisor site data shows that only 3 per cent of Australians are searching for international destinations for travel between now and the end of May.

But which destinations are on the up for Aussies this autumn?

When looking at the Australian destinations that have seen the biggest increase in searches by Aussies year-on-year, Airlie Beach continues to be a hot favourite, followed by Port Douglas and Yulara.

The destinations traditionally popular with Aussies are absent from the top 10 fastest growing destinations (those with the biggest increase in searches year-on-year).

Traveller favourites Melbourne, Sydney, Burswood, Perth and Canberra make up the top five slowest growing international destinations for Aussies this autumn.

This comes as one in four (24 per cent) Aussies surveyed say that they are less likely to take a city break than before the pandemic.

However, Australian gen Z and millennial travellers are not quite so put off by the idea of a city break. In fact, one in four (27 per cent), said that they are now more likely to take this type of trip.

10 fastest recovering destinations 10 slowest recovering destinations
Airlie Beach Melbourne
Port Douglas Sydney
Yulara Burswood
Pokolbin Perth
Nelson Bay Canberra
Port Macquarie Margaret River
Caloundra Adelaide
Coffs Harbour Lorne
Palm Cove Launceston
Broome Brisbane

Featured image: Airlie Beach (source: iStock/ltos)

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