Almost three-quarters of Australian travellers intend to spend up big on holidays this Easter, says a survey conducted by Australian financial comparison company Savvy.
The study revealed 73 per cent of respondents will lay down some serious travel coin this Easter, with 58 per cent intent on spending up to $500, around a quarter (23 per cent) wanting to spend between $500 and $1000 and 14 per cent to spend between $1001 and $2000.
More than a quarter (26 per cent) intend to travel within their state, with 17 per cent looking to take advantage of attractions within their local area.
One in 10 will travel interstate and only 2 per cent will travel abroad, the study reveals.
Around 14 per cent of Aussie travellers are ‘unconcerned’ about lockdowns putting a dampener on travel plans and a further 13 per cent are ‘not concerned at all’.
Of the 55.5 per cent of respondents intending to travel this Easter, 22.4 per cent are looking for rest and relaxation, and 17.4 per cent want to reconnect with family.
Only 12 per cent said they’ll spend Easter in a hotel, while 3 per cent will rent an Airbnb or equivalent accommodation.
This Easter break, 45 per cent of respondents intend to ‘stay home’, but 56 per cent will spend big in shopping centres and 52 per cent plan to dine out more than usual.
The survey suggests regional centres and local hospitality and tourism operators should be the big winners this Easter, with more Australians looking to spend closer to home.
“Money is burning a hole in Aussies’ pockets,” personal finance expert Bill Tsouvalas told Travel Talk.
“Governments need to continue encouraging people to spend their money on hospitality or tourism, which benefits the economy as a whole,” he said.
“Our survey found people have savings they are eager to spend. This should be good for local hospitality and tourist destinations that rely on income from Easter visitors.
“When it comes to overseas travel, Australians need certainty their bookings will go ahead, and they won’t be left scrambling should borders suddenly close. It’s great the international borders will be open on the 21st of February.”
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