July 2012

Out-of-towners flocking to Ekka this year

BRISBANE – 25 July 2012

Three weeks out from Ekka 2012, figures released by leading travel website Wotif.com show Queensland’s largest annual event is shaping up to be a hit with out-of-towners.

Wotif.com has reported an almost 20 per cent increase in room nights booked in the host city, Brisbane, for the Ekka period compared to the same lead time last year.

Wotif.com Executive General Manager Joachim Holte said it was encouraging to see an increased interest from non-locals in this year’s Ekka.

“We’re now three weeks out from Ekka 2012 and it’s encouraging to see already that visitation numbers from outside Brisbane are looking much stronger than last year,” Mr Holte said.

Top 5 SA school holiday hot spots

18 July 2012

 

As school bells toll once again and 25km/h speed zones are back in force, online travel website Wotif.com has released the top five holiday destinations in South Australia during the recent school holidays.

General Manager – Wotif.com Brands, Megan Magill said Adelaide pulled out all the stops to attract the most visitors over the school holidays.

“Adelaide always has a lot going on to entertain both kids and parents during the school holidays, so it’s no surprise they took out the top spot,” Ms Magill said.

“Mt Gambier came in second while sea-lovers flocked to coastal towns, Victor Harbor and Port Lincoln cementing them in third and fourth.”

Top 5 VIC school holiday hot spots

18 July 2012

As school bells toll once again and 40km/h school zones are back in force, online travel website Wotif.com has released the top five holiday destinations in Victoria during the recent school holidays.

General Manager – Wotif.com Brands, Megan Magill said Melbourne is always bursting at the seams with activities for both kids and parents, but it wasn't the only place in Victoria getting some tourism love these holidays.

“While Melbourne took out the top spot, Ballarat proved a hit in second place with Sovereign Hill a likely drawcard for family fun,” Ms Magill said.

“Coming in third, Warrnambool was also popular during the school holidays, no doubt buoyed by the ever-popular fun4kids festival.”

Top 5 NSW school holiday hot spots

BRISBANE – 17 July 2012

As school bells toll once again and 40km/h speed zones are back in force, online travel website Wotif.com has released the top five holiday destinations in New South Wales during the recent school holidays.

General Manager – Wotif.com Brands, Megan Magill said Sydney is always a school holidays hot spot with plenty of activities to keep both kids and parents occupied, but people are still getting out to explore the rest of the state.

“Sydney came up trumps in the number one spot, but it seems plenty of people headed for the hills and made the most of the early snow falls these winter holidays, bumping Jindabyne up to second place,” Ms Magill said.

Tassie heats up as Wotif hot spot

BRISBANE – 13 July 2012

Bookings into Tasmania on Wotif.com have been boosted by close to 20 per cent thanks to a recent campaign by the leading travel website.

Tasmania was featured as Wotif.com’s “hot spot of the week”, which delivered almost 20 per cent more room nights booked, compared to the same time last year.

“Wotif.com’s recent hot spot of the week campaign delivered a significant boost for accommodation providers across Tasmania, during a period of time which is historically slow,” said General Manager – Wotif Brands, Megan Magill.

“We’re expecting this week-long campaign will continue to benefit the Tasmanian tourism industry for months to come,” Ms Magill said.

Maroons pip blues in battle for Brisbane hotel rooms

BRISBANE – 04 July 2012

Brisbane hotels are bursting at the seams ahead of tonight’s State of Origin decider and they’re filled with Queenslanders, according to online travel website Wotif.com.

Wotif Brand General Manager Megan Magill said bookings indicated that maroons supporters are swarming into Brisbane, with the majority of accommodation bookings for tonight made by Queenslanders.

“It’s no surprise Queenslanders love their football, and it’s great to see a large amount of maroons supporters travelling to watch the game,” Ms Magill said.