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May 16, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

The website crashed minutes after bookings opened this afternoon as record bookings for the 2018 event flooded in.

Thousands of bookings were taken and entire resorts sold out moments after Schoolies 2018 officially went on sale at 4pm, and within 10 minutes the site had crashed under the strain.’s IT staff were working into the night to get the site back to full strength. By this evening it was restored to the point where some traffic was trickling through, while staff were busy taking bookings over the phone.

Matt Lloyd, CEO of, the event’s original and number one accommodation provider for nearly 30 years, said it had been the fastest response in recent memory.

“Schoolies 2018 may be more than 18 months away but the current Year 11 students are swooping on rooms at an amazing rate. I can’t recall a start as enthusiastic as this one happening before,’’ Mr Lloyd said.

“With the event growing in popularity each year, with more sophisticated entertainment and events being added to the mix, Schoolies have become aware that for the best rooms, close to the beach and the main entertainment activities they need to get in early to avoid disappointment.

“That is certainly what we experienced this afternoon with thousands of kids from all over Australia rushing to the site to lock in their rooms.

“Schoolies can also secure their bookings with a $100 deposit, which has been a big incentive,” he said.

He said the traditional home of Schoolies, Surfers Paradise, was once again in enormous demand while other destinations including Airlie Beach, Lorne, Byron Bay, Bali and Fiji were also likely to fill quickly.

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