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Aussies get smart with annual leave this Easter

April 16, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

As the first extended public holiday of the year approaches, more than one in ten (14%) Australians are maximising the Easter and Anzac Day double-holiday-hit to take an extra-long break, according Expedia research released today.

Those aged 25-34 years are the savviest, with 14% booking three days’ annual leave to get a 10-day break and a further 7% booking seven days’ leave to get a whole two weeks off.

When compared to the Easter period last year, Expedia has seen an increase in interest of almost 70% for holidays this Easter period with the longer break appearing to inspire Aussies to look further afield.

While demand for domestic destinations remains strong, overseas destinations, both short and long haul, are proving attractive.

Where Aussies are off to this Easter:

  • USA: increase in demand of almost 60% with LA, Las Vegas and New York proving the most popular destinations
  • Europe: triple digit demand increase for France (330%), Italy (250%) and the UK (140%)
  • South East Asia: still a hot spot with Phuket experiencing a 250% increase, Bali up more than 130% and Hanoi up 90%
  • Japan: Aussies are taking advantage of the strong dollar with an increase in demand of 150% as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto jostle for travellers’ attention
  • Domestic travel: holidaying at home is still on the radar the most popular local destinations for Easter 2014 being:
  • Cairns : over 90% increase
  • Sunshine Coast: over 80% increase
  • Hobart and surrounds: over 65% increase
  • Melbourne: over 40% increase

“Aussies might kick themselves if they do not to consider taking advantage of the double-holiday-hit to take just three days off work in order to get a whopping 10 days leave or a week out of the office to get two weeks off,” said Expedia travel expert Kelly Cull.

“While it may be too late for some to arrange the double-holiday-hit with your boss, it’s definitely not too late to book in a long weekend. There are still plenty of great last-minute deals on offer.”

Those surveyed who are not taking leave around the April holidays admit they are stockpiling days for the end of the year (25%) while a further one in five (21%) say work is too busy to take leave.

Expedia travel expert Kelly Cull cautions against stockpiling leave, citing Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation study, which found that Australians left a week of their annual leave days unused last year.

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