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November 5, 2016 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Bali and Fiji remain the number one overseas destination for schoolies as graduates searched for more exotic end-of-year escapes, according to specialist booking site in an emerging trend, some parents are catching the holiday spirit and going with them says company CEO Matt Lloyd.

Affectionately nicknamed “Poolies” they chill out in separate resorts to the specialised Schoolies hotels where their kids are staying, catching up occasionally throughout the week but largely are there to enjoy a holiday of their own

“It is something that is occurring a little more frequently these days, parents travelling with their kids,’’ Mr Lloyd said.

“I think there’s a sense of wanting to keep an eye on them, but also the opportunity to take a well-earned holiday while their child celebrates a major milestone,’’ he said.

Last year approximately 6000 Australian schoolies spread their wings to Bali alone, with a comparable number heading overseas again this year.

Mr Lloyd said that although the Gold Coast was overwhelmingly the most popular Schoolies destination Bali and Fiji were popular markets for students looking for a unique end-of-year adventure.

“While the vast majority of Schoolies see Surfers Paradise as the traditional home of Schoolies Week, there will always be those young travellers looking to try something new.”


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