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Aussies opted for far-flung destinations this Easter despite the falling dollar

April 8, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

New data released from Skyscanner, the world’s travel search engine, today has shown that the weakening Australian dollar has not dampened the Aussie travel spirit, with data revealing an increase of 97% in those looking to book travel over the Easter break, compared to the same period in 2014.

The top five cities investigated by Australians in April 2014 featured four domestic destinations with Sydney topping the list. This year has seen Sydney drop to fourth place, behind London, Bali (Denpasar) and Los Angeles.

Skyscanner users from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia chose London as their destination of choice this April, while users from Western Australia kept to Bali. 

Top five cities for April 2015 (Australia)

Rank City
1 London, United Kingdom
2 Bali (Denpasar), Indonesia
3 Los Angeles, United States
4 Sydney, Australia
5 Paris, France

The Australian dollar recorded a US conversion rate of 0.93 across Easter last year which has dropped significantly to 0.75 for Easter 2015 but this hasn’t deterred Aussies from leveraging the long weekend, packing their bags and taking to the skies to explore destinations further away from home.

“Aussies are well known all around the globe for their adventurous travel spirit and it’s great to see this hasn’t been stifled by the weakening dollar,” said Alana Saphin-Polchleb, Oceania Head of Marketing at Skyscanner.

“Australian travellers are becoming more adept at knowing how to find the best travel deals, both at home and abroad. Services like Skyscanner, a global travel search engine, are helping to simplify travel planning and booking. By sorting through global coverage of flights as well as hotel bookings and car hire options, planning overseas travel becomes a much less daunting experience,” continued Alana.

Skyscanner has compiled a list of suggested activities to do in Australia’s favourite city destinations for April 2015:

1)      Take a Royal tour of London with sights fit or a queen

2)      Go on an off-the-tourist-track in Bali

3)      Discover hidden gems in the City of Angels, Los Angeles

4)      Local recommendations to discover the secret sights and sites of Sydney

5)      Insider’s Guide to top art galleries in Paris

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