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Sydney and Bali duel for affections of Aussie travellers

December 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Over the past four years, only Sydney has rivalled Bali as a summer destination for Australian travellers, and time will reveal whether the current volcanic disruption affects long-term trends.

Global online booking platform agoda says comparisons for booking data from 2013-2016 show Bali is riding high and for travel in the month of December, actually overtook Sydney in 2016.

Agoda’s recent Travel and Tech Study found “food and dining” and “sun, island, beach” were the most popular travel experiences for Australian Millennials – and and Bali offers all of those. The Indonesian island caters to the Millennial foodie lifestyle, with what agoda calls “affordable and stylish ‘Instagramable’ cafes, bars and restaurants, set against a tropical backdrop”.

Bali

Commenting on the findings, agoda’s global director for brand and communications, Andrew Edwards, said Bali was a staple destination for many Aussies which had morphed into a popular summer holiday spot “given families can travel overseas together relatively inexpensively.

“It has great beauty, diverse experiences, not to mention the cheap food and shopping, so it’s little wonder why Aussies continue to fly over in droves every year.”

Domestic capitals and beaches held their own against popular overseas destinations with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast remaining in the top 10.

Here’s how they stack up over the years, according to agoda’s listings. 

Sydney last week (Norwegian Jewel in part)

Top 10 destinations for Australians travelling during December

2013

1.Sydney

2.Bali

3.Melbourne

4.Bangkok

5.Singapore

6.Brisbane

7.Gold Coast

  1. Kuala Lumpur
  2. Perth

10.Phuket

2014

  1. Sydney
  2. Bali
  3. Melbourne
  4. Bangkok
  5. Gold Coast
  6. Brisbane
  7. Singapore
  8. Perth
  9. Kuala Lumpur

10.Phuket

2015

  1. Sydney
  2. Bali
  3. Melbourne
  4. Gold Coast
  5. Bangkok
  6. Brisbane
  7. Singapore
  8. Perth
  9. Kuala Lumpur

10.Phuket

2016

  1. Bali
  2. Sydney
  3. Melbourne
  4. Bangkok
  5. Gold Coast
  6. Brisbane
  7. Singapore
  8. Tokyo
  9. Perth

10.Kuala Lumpur

Edited by Peter Needham

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