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Employees to take more than four days off at Easter – and with a sickie!

April 6, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

A portion of employees may extend their Easter long weekend with a sick day, as new research reveals that 21 per cent of Aussie employees admit to having called in sick to take a holiday or extend their holiday.

The findings come from a survey of a nationally representative, independent panel of 1000 Australian adults conducted by an independent research agency and commissioned by HotelsCombined (, the world’s leading hotel price comparison platform. 

The survey results further reveal that Australia’s youngest workers opt to take sick days for holiday reasons, with 32 per cent of those in their 20s using sick days to extend or take holidays. This number drops consistently the older Aussie workers get: 26 per cent among those in their 30s, and 19 per cent of 40-somethings, compared with just 15 per cent of over-50s. 

Results also highlight Northern Territory residents as the biggest offenders when it comes to using sick days to take or extend a holiday: 40 per cent admitted they have done this. ACT follows (29% of respondents), then SA (26%), Victoria (25%), NSW (20%), Queensland (19%), WA (18%), and then Tasmania (8%).

Most popular local and overseas destination over Easter

Bookings data from HotelsCombined reveals Aussie families will likely be visiting extended family over Easter, with Sydney and Melbourne CBD as the most popular Easter destinations.

The forecast is based on the volume of bookings by Aussie holidayers from Good Friday to Easter Monday last year through HotelsCombined, which attracted nearly five million bookings in 2016 alone.

Melbourne is living up to its name as the most liveable city, with bookings data showing that over

Easter, more bookings are expected to be made in Melbourne CBD than any other local destination. Sydney CBD bookings follow, then Surfers Paradise, and then Brisbane CBD. Interestingly, Port Macquarie has become a rising destination and is the eighth most popular Easter getaway in Australia’s top 10.

Chris Rivett, Head of Marketing for HotelsCombined Australia and New Zealand says, “The data also indicates that Aussies prefer budget holidays within Australia – with 4-star hotels the most popular hotel type – but when they go overseas they are more willing to splash out. Our data shows 5-star hotels top the hotel booking list for international travel. This could be due to the frequency of local travel compared with overseas holidays. Travellers would have saved for months for an overseas trip and the 5-star hotel is part of the experience.”

Bookings data for overseas travel reveals that Bali is the number one international destination for Aussies over Easter – with Legian and Seminyak taking out the top two spots. New Zealand (specifically, Auckland CBD) comes in second, followed by Japan (Shinjuku), Hawaii, Las Vegas, and then Thailand (Patong, and Central Pattaya).

Chris says: “Most of these destinations have in common a flight time of 10 hours or less from Sydney, which is a little easier on our bodies when it comes to jet lag. Those taking a break here will likely take a couple more days off work to take into account the half day of travel.”

HotelsCombined’s pick of Australia’s best-value family accommodation for school holiday travel

  • Flynns Beach Resort, (Port Macquarie – NSW, Australia), costing $900
  • The Stones – Legian Bali Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotel, (Legian, Indonesia), costing
  • Amadea Resort & Villas, (Seminyak, Indonesia), costing $1,320
  • Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise (Queensland, Australia), costing $2,865
  • Pier 21 Apartment Hotel (Perth, Australia) costing $655
  • Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai, (Honolulu, United States), costing $972
  • Oaks Oasis (Queensland, Australia), costing $552
  • Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney (NSW, Australia), costing $1,224
  • Ovolo Laneways (Victoria, Australia) costing $1,189
  • CityLife Hotel Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand) costing $1,110

Top 10 domestic destinations over Easter:

Destination Rank
Melbourne CBD 1
Sydney CBD 2
Surfers Paradise 3
Brisbane CBD 4
Southbank 5
Adelaide CBD 6
Perth CBD 7
Port Macquarie 8
Burswood 9
Broadbeach 10

 Top 10 international destinations over Easter:


Destination Rank
Indonesia (Bali) Legian 1
Indonesia (Bali) Seminyak 2
New Zealand Auckland CBD 3
Japan Shinjuku 4
United States Waikiki 5
United States Las Vegas Strip 6
Indonesia (Bali) Kuta 7
Thailand Patong 8
Thailand Central Pattaya 9
Japan Shimogyo Ward 10

Top 5 domestic accommodation types over Easter:

Accommodation Type Rank
Hotel 1
Motel 2
Serviced Apartment 3
Apartment 4
Resort 5

Top 5 international accommodation types over Easter:

Accommodation Type Rank
Hotel 1
Resort 2
Serviced Apartment 3
Motel 4
Guest House 5

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