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Aussie favourites take six spots in Tripadvisor 2022 ‘what’s hot’ top 10

Despite new COVID variant surges, new data shows that Australians’ desire to travel remains stronger than ever.

Bearing this out, 72 percent of Australians polled in a recent Tripadvisor sponsored survey say they are likely to travel for leisure in 2022.

And domestic holidays are obviously very much in vogue given six Australian regions and cities have been named in the travel information website’s ‘Top 10 Popular Destinations in the South Pacific for 2022’.

The Gold Coast earned an auspicious fourth place on the list followed by Hobart, Sydney, Port Douglas, Cairns and Melbourne in fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth position, respectively.

Further afield, Tripadvisor’s hallmark ‘Popular Destinations’ list, highlighting the highest-rated and most loved spots around the globe, sees Dubai officially dethroning perennial icons like London, Paris and Rome for the crown of the ‘Most Popular Destination’.

Tripadvisor, Group Head of Media Partnerships APAC, Sarah Mathews said as the world returns to travel, trips will look different than before.

“New destinations, new experiences, and new priorities will take centre stage,” she said.

“Three-quarters (74 percent) say that it’s important they ‘see new places’ when thinking about their future travel plans.

“Our goal is to help guide travellers to discover the best trips for them, whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts, food lovers or sun seekers.”

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