As states aim to open their borders once the 80 percent vaccination target is met, Australia’s hopefuls are gearing up to book their next interstate vacation.
In an effort to decipher exactly where Aussies are going to roam, Booking.com released its Back to Travel report to prove that Queensland and Western Australia reign supreme when it comes to states we want to travel to.
The company’s data shows that Aussies would prefer to bask in the Gold Coast or Perth by the end of the year when the country hits the 80 percent vaccination threshold.
Australia’s most sought-after holiday spots have been announced, with the Gold Coast and Perth taking the top spots (photo, Mooloolaba)
These two locations are closely followed by Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Noosa Heads and Darwin.
To round out the list of domestic escapes, Airlie Beach, Hervey Bay and Mooloolaba were in the top 10 most searched destinations for the past month.
Australians are more committed than ever to taking much-needed time out and 61 percent of travelers agree that the importance of holidays has increased.
Meanwhile, 67 percent of those surveyed were willing to accept that they could travel alone with a vaccination certificate and 69 percent were happy to wear a mask while on holiday.
Australians are looking forward to some outings after lockdown as the 80 per cent vaccination target gets closer every day (photo, Perth)
While some want to travel to domestic locations, others dream of distant plans abroad, which may not be as far away as you think.
The most wanted global regions are again topped by Queensland and Western Australia, followed by NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT.
To finish the list, Greater London and in quintessentially Aussie style, Bali, are the most sought-after international destinations for those optimistic enough to consider overseas travel.
Melissa Ellison, Area Manager Australia at Booking.com, says Australians are becoming more optimistic that sooner or later they will be able to enjoy some relaxation after the lockdown.
Brisbane and Adelaide (pictured) took 3rd and 4th on the list, followed by Cairns, Noosa Heads and Darwin
“Our data shows that our research drive and desire to get back on the road as soon as possible remains strong and we anticipate a very busy Christmas and NYE travel period,” said Ms. Ellison.
“It’s reassuring to see that after a year of unpredictable events, from outbreaks to earthquakes, Aussies have high hopes that they will soon be able to travel not only domestically but also internationally.”
According to data from covidlive.com.au, 76.7 percent of Australians over 16 have received their first dose of a vaccine and 52.6 percent have received two shots.
The most wanted global regions were also revealed, with Queensland and Western Australia once again taking the top spot (photo, Airlie Beach in Queensland)
Being the most sought-after travel destination, Australians are sweating over the reopening of Queensland’s borders.
Queensland’s deputy prime minister hinted on Monday that the state’s borders could be opened before Christmas.
“No one has ever suggested that the border should be closed at Christmas, but what we have said is that it should be opened at the right time and we don’t yet have the information to tell us what that right time is,” Steven Miles told reporters in townsville.
“Let’s focus on what we can do today and tomorrow and next week and that’s the best way to make sure we’re open for Christmas, maybe even before Christmas.”
As the most sought-after travel destination, Australians are sweating the reopening of Queensland’s borders (pictured, the Gold Coast)
TOP 10 MOST SEARCHED TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Top 10 Most Searched Domestic Destinations:
1. Gold Coast
6. Noosa Heads
8. Airlie Beach
9. Hervey Bay
Top 10 Most Searched Global Regions:
2. Western Australia
5. South Australia
7. Northern Territory
9. Greater London
Data from Booking.com’s Back to Travel Report
The prime minister on Sunday demanded that heads of state meet their obligations under the national cabinet’s plan to reopen borders when vaccination rates reach 80 percent so that families can reunite over Christmas.
Mr Miles hit back hours later, accusing Mr Morrison of giving false hopes before going back on his Monday morning comments, admitting that “a lot can change” in 90 days.
“The point I was trying to make is that it’s in 90 days. The only information and models we have at this point predate the Sydney outbreak,” Miles said.
“Sydney has been in lockdown for 13 weeks, almost 14 weeks and the models we currently have are from before that outbreak.
“Christmas is still 90 days away. A lot can change in that time.’
While Western Australia’s borders appear to remain closed even after vaccination targets are met by zero Covid fanatic Mark McGowan (photo, Perth)
Western Australia, the second most popular travel destination, has similarly taken a tough stance on reopening borders.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan admitted on Sept. 22 that his plans were due to the local population’s low vaccination coverage, but insisted that NSW and Victoria will not enter the state until at least two months after it reaches 85-90 percent.
“I’m not going to set an artificial deadline for Christmas,” the prime minister told Sunrise.
“We have plans, but I’m not going to intentionally allow Covid to come in before then as we have very high levels. [of vaccination].
“I know some people in the eastern states are demanding that we do it. I don’t really understand that. I don’t understand why we would deliberately infect ourselves with Covid before we get to very high vaccine levels.”