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  • Queensland still golden: Australia’s top holiday destinations this Easter

    6 April, 2017: With the Easter long weekend around the corner, leading online travel site Wotif.com has revealed the most in demand Queensland holiday destinations, with the Gold Coast taking out number one spot at both state and national levels.

    The most in demand Queensland regional Easter long weekend destinations*, according to Wotif.com are:

    1.     Gold Coast (#1 nationally)

    2.     Sunshine Coast (#2 nationally)

    3.     Cairns (#4 nationally)

    4.     The Whitsundays (#5 nationally)

    5.     Port Douglas

    *Full national list can be found below.

    According to Wotif.com Travel Specialist, Kirsty La Bruniy, Queensland is an Aussie favourite yet again this Easter with the states beaches, family-friendly activities and world famous attractions luring in the crowds.  

    “It’s set to be a busy weekend for regional tourism over the Easter period, particularly when coupled with recent research from Wotif, which showed demand for Aussie travel with almost three quarters (73%) of Aussies opting to travel domestically in 2017**.

    “While the state and in particular, The Whitsundays, has been impacted by the recent weather events, many local tourism operators will be open for business this Easter long weekend and we encourage Aussies to continue to holiday and support the region into the rest of 2017”.  

    Overall the outlook for Queensland tourism in 2017 is strong, with Wotif research highlighting Australian’s love affair with the coastline with almost one in two (46%) saying Cairns is at the top of their holiday wish list this year, followed by the Gold Coast (43%), Port Douglas (42%) and Noosa (38%). While island destinations are also driving demand, with Hamilton Island topping the wish list at 53%, followed by Fraser Island (43%).   

    Shorter breaks outside of the major capital cities are set to be popular in 2017, with two thirds (63%) of people admitting they prefer to holiday in their own backyard as it has some of the best travel experiences in the world.

    For more information or to begin planning your Easter long weekend escape (it’s not too late!) head to wotif.com

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    Notes to editors:

    Australia’s Top 10 regional Easter destinations nationally, according to Wotif.com

    1.     Gold Coast (QLD)

    2.     Sunshine Coast (QLD)

    3.     Great Ocean Road (VIC)

    4.     Cairns (QLD)

    5.     Whitsundays (QLD)

    6.     Central Coast (NSW)

    7.     Byron Bay (NSW)

    8.     Wollongong (NSW)

    9.     Hunter Valley (NSW)

    10.  Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

    *Based on accommodation search for the Easter long weekend: Travel dates April 14 to April 17 2017, search dates: 27 March 2016 to 27 March 2017

    **Taken from research commissioned by Wotif and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 2,018 Australians aged 18+. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and regional areas. The survey was conducted online amongst members of a permission- based panel, between 26th October and 2nd November 2016. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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