As the obvious holiday hotspots continue to creep up in price, some of Australia’s more understated locales are rising in popularity.
Travelzoo has just named Australia as one to watch in 2018. This year, it claims, deal experts from China, the USA, the UK and Germany have highlighted Australia as one of their top five destinations.
This is the result of a number of factors:
- China is set to become Australia’s largest tourist market this year, with the number of visitors from China expected to exceed those travelling from New Zealand for the first time.
- New flight paths are making it easier than ever to travel Down Under from further afield, too – the new non-stop route to Perth from London (starting on 24 March) will make Australia feel a lot closer for many Brits, while new non-stop flights from Houston to Sydney will add to the number of direct options for American travellers.
- Furthermore, with 15 new hotels opening in Australia towards the end of last year, and many more scheduled to open in 2018, ease of travel and increased availability are helping to keep travel costs down for prospective visitors.
Jacqui Timmins, Travelzoo’s general manager in Australia, said: “It’s great to see that Australia is being recognised as a top travel-deal destination by a number of markets around the world.
“Celebrated tourist spots, including Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, continue to attract visitors to Australia year after year,” she added, applauding “an increase in accommodation options, combined with the rise in popularity of Canberra and Tasmania.”