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Where Aussies are heading this Easter and how to bag a last-minute deal

March 27, 2018 OTA News No Comments Email Email

The latest search data from Hotels.com has revealed Australians’ taste in tropical getaway destinations this Easter, with warm destinations making up the top three locations for Easter travellers looking to escape the cooling Aussie temperatures.

Bali remained the number one destination for a break over Easter, with Singapore rising from fourth spot in 2017 with 11% more searches than 2017. Tokyo rose from fifth position to take the third spot, rocking an 11% search increase from last year.

According to David Spasovic, Hotels.com Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand, the abundance of family-friendly attractions at each destination makes them the perfect getaway locations for Aussie families.

“Bali is the ultimate international family destination for Aussies – it’s a short plane trip away, incredibly affordable, and is a beautiful location to spend some quality time with the family, while escaping the chilly autumn weather.

“If beaches aren’t your style though, Singapore’s Universal Studios are a great attraction for the kids, plus the iconic 165m tall Singapore Flyer will offer you sights sure to amaze. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with Tokyo’s Disneyland in Japan!

“With all these great attractions, it’s no wonder Aussies are looking to make the most of their long weekends exploring the world.”

Within Australia, staycations are looking like the flavour of the month, with searches for Melbourne and Sydney leading the charge. Sydney has seen a whopping 32% surge in searches, placing it second domestically following Melbourne.

“Despite a search decrease of 22%, Melbourne remains the most popular city for domestic travel, which comes as no surprise – the city is a hub of culture, art and sports, and the multitude of laneways are perfect for couples and kids to explore together.

“Sydney’s diverse attractions continue to pull in the families though, with Taronga Zoo, the Sydney Opera House, and the iconic Bondi Beach offering plenty to do over the Easter break. And with so many accommodation options available in Australia and across the world, convenience and value are just a click away on Hotels.com.”

Aussies looking to bag a last-minute Easter deal need to look no further than Hotels.com’s latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) which revealed the most affordable accommodation both in Australia and internationally. Aussies looking to book a last-minute trip within Australia will be pleased to hear that accommodation prices in the Whitsundays were down 9% for Aussie travellers and in Terrigal they were down 10%.

Top ten most searched destinations on Hotels.com for Easter 

RANK DESTINATION % CHANGE ON 2017
1 Bali -23%
2 Singapore 11%
3 Tokyo 11%
4 Melbourne -22%
5 Sydney 32%
6 Honolulu 20%
7 Hong Kong -5%
8 Phuket -50%
9 New York -8%
10 Osaka 55%

 International last-minute stays:

Bali – The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa:

Located near tourist hub Denpasar, the 5 star Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa offers the ultimate tropical island escape. A short walk from Eat Street, Seminyak Square, and more beaches than you can shake a stick at, this resort on the beach will surely leave you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is available from $340 per room, per night.

Singapore – The Quincy Hotel:

The Quincy Hotel will redefine the way you experience hotels with its quirky and unique charm. This 4 star hotel boasts the ultimate in technology and comfort, with its luxe infinity pool and floor to ceiling windows. The Quincy Hotel is only a seven minute walk from the iconic Lucky Plaza, and a short distance from the National Museum of Singapore.

The Quincy Hotel is available from $259 per room, per night. 

Tokyo – Tokyo Disneyland Hotel:

The magic will never end with a stay at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. This 4 star hotel is filled with the wonder of your favourite Disney stories. The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel offers four types of fantasy-filled room themes, be the Belle of the ball in the Beauty and Beast themed room or the Queen of Hearts in the Alice in Wonderland room. Only a 1 minute walk from Tokyo Disneyland Park, the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will ensure your stay in the heart of the Kingdom of Dreams and Magic is truly memorable.

The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is available from $633 per room, per night.

 Domestic last-minute stays:

Sydney – Swissotel Sydney:

Situated in the centre of the Sydney CBD, the Swissotel Sydney combines luxury and convenience in a fresh and modern setting. This affordable five star hotel is within walking distance to some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks and cultural attractions, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Westfield Sydney, the Sydney Opera House and the spectacular Botanic Gardens.

The Swissotel Sydney is available from $194 per room, per night. 

Melbourne – Art Series – The Blackman:

Truly immerse yourself in the Melbourne art scene with a stay at Art Series – The Blackman. Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, The Blackman is close to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Gallery of Victoria. With contemporary interiors, this 5 star boutique hotel will inspire you and get your creativity flowing from the moment you walk through the doors.

Art Series – The Blackman is available from $172 per room, per night.

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