Research reveals travellers turn to hotel reviews

On April 27, 2015 at 02:15 AM

Brisbane – 23 April 2015

Reading hotel reviews is as essential for Australian travellers as checking their passport is up to date before a trip, with 94% admitting to reading reviews and more than half (53%) saying they always refer to them for travel bookings, according to research from Wotif.

The survey of more than 19,000 Aussie travellers revealed most (91%) use hotel reviews to help decide between different hotel options, and most read between one and 10 reviews (87%) before making a booking.

Wotif Travel Specialist Kirsty La Bruniy said the survey showed the importance hotel reviews played in the decision-making stage of holiday planning. Read more

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Wotif reveals the weird and wonderful reasons people cancel their trips

On April 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

Wotif removes its cancellation and change fees, no matter what the reason for changing plans

Brisbane – 13 April 2015: From needing to skip taking a trip due to a hip replacement (for a pet cat) to having eaten bad calamari, Australia’s favourite online travel destination Wotif reveals some of the memorable customer cancellation excuses people have shared when they amend their travel plans.

Wotif spokesperson Kirsty La Bruniy said that while there are lots of good reasons to take a trip, Wotif also understands that from time to time, people need to cancel or change their dates of travel. Read more

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Hottest beach destinations for Australia Day weekend

On January 21, 2015 at 06:04 PM's top 10 coastal spots

BRISBANE – 21 January 2015

As Aussies get ready to head to the beach to celebrate Australia Day, Australia’s favourite online travel destination has revealed the top beach and coastal destinations drawing the crowds during the long weekend. 

Product Director Donna Rodios said travellers typically made the most of the coast on Australia Day and accommodation bookings for the long weekend revealed Surfers Paradise holds the title for most popular Aussie beach destination. 

“We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to a beach getaway, but it’s not hard to see why each year Surfers Paradise is a consistent favourite during the Australia Day weekend,” Ms Rodios said.
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Obama or Abbott: where do you sit?

On November 13, 2014 at 06:03 PM

Brisbane – 13 November 2014

As global leaders prepare to board Brisbane bound flights for this weekend's G20 Summit, Brisbane-based leading online travel website has revealed the leaders and celebrities who Australian travellers would prefer to sit beside on a plane. 

Move over Angelina Jolie, John Travolta and Billy Connolly, Flights and Packages Executive General Manager Helen Demetriou said according to the Are you a High Flyer survey*, more Australians want to sit beside Barack Obama or Tony Abbott when asked which celeb they'd prefer as their seat neighbour. 
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Brisbane locals take off for the G20 long weekend

On November 11, 2014 at 06:02 PM

Brisbane – 11 November 2014

While Brisbane will be buzzing with G20 leaders and delegates, Brisbanites will be escaping the city in masses for the long weekend as coastal hotel bookings peak, according to Australia’s favourite online travel destination Product Director Donna Rodios said Brisbane hotels were already fully booked with G20 related business and as a result there is reduced supply for hotels in the city. 

Ms Rodios said hotel bookings on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast as well as coastal spots across New South Wales were recording significant increases thanks to the bonus long weekend. 
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