Hotel bookings on the rise Expedia

first_imgOnline travel company Expedia has reported triple-digit, year-on-year growth for hotel bookings in many of its international destinations.According to Expedia, the burgeoning demand for international travel has been the result of a strong Australian dollar, which recently reached parity with the US dollar. “We have seen a surge in international bookings recently with many Australians taking advantage of favourable exchange rates and treating themselves to a trip abroad,” Expedia Australia and New Zealand senior marketing manager Louise Crompton said.“Long-haul destinations are selling like hot cakes right now.” The top five destinations booked on Expedia in early November by Australians travelling abroad were Auckland, Christchurch, Bali, New York and Bangkok. Expedia recorded a 215 per cent growth for hotel bookings in Auckland while Christchurch bookings grew by 150 per cent.Expedia has also predicted that many Australians will contemplate a Christmas abroad, and Ms Crompton advised future currency fluctuations can be avoided if consumers lock in their prices now. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img