The UK, the US and China are among the most popular longhaul destinations for travellers in Australia this winter holiday, according to Travelport’s analysis of GDS bookings.
As of June 14, 2019, over 39,000 advanced bookings had been made in Australia through all GDSs for return flights to the UK scheduled between June 28, 2019 and July 21, 2019. Flight bookings to the US, the second most popular destination, stood at 35,340, while bookings to China, in third place, were at 22,828.
Globally in 2018, Travelport alone processed one trillion transactions through its platform.
Scott Barber, Travelport’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, said: “It’s been the second consecutive year for the UK, the US and China to top the chart, showing a consistent pattern in people’s travel preferences for the winter holidays.
“Despite the large number of expatriates living in Australia from these countries, their long-lasting appeal to tourists and affordable flights have also made them ever-popular choice for travellers in Australia.”
Barber added that travellers in Australia are also seeking destinations known for their sunny skies, beaches and cuisine, such as Thailand, Italy, Greece and Vietnam.