Friday, October 20, 2017

Has storm activity hit bookings?

It’s been a rocky start to the year for Queensland and NSW especially, with a run of extreme weather conditions ranging from some of the hottest nights on record to constant rain, strong winds and even a cyclone called Debbie.

accomnews heard from all-inclusive holiday provider, Club Med recently as they informed us they have seen a large spike in last-minute bookings at their Bali and Maldives resorts, with Aussies trying to “escape the horrible weather”!

We are interested in finding out whether any local providers have seen a measurable difference in bookings (domestic and/or international), so let us know! Either in the comments below or shoot an email through to us (editorial@resortpublishing.com.au).

Club Med told accomnews that in the past four weeks, it “has seen a 66 percent increase in last-minute bookings compared to this time last year, with Club Med Bali (up 160 per cent) and Club Med’s Maldives resorts (up 174 per cent) the ones with the highest increase in last-minute bookings. These figures correlate with the poor weather we had this year compared to last, also.”

Madeleine Clow-Suares, Club Med ANZ general manager, noted: “When the weather’s horrible, people tend to stay at home and take that time to contemplate happy moments with loved ones in a new destination as something to look forward to.”

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