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  • Top Places to Chase the Sun this Winter (According to the 2019 Wotif Winter Heat Index*)

    May 2019: It’s no secret that when the temperature drops, Aussies seek out the sun and this winter, leading online travel site Wotif has put together a definitive ranking of the best holiday destinations to chase the sun.

    In analysing accommodation costs, year-on-year search growth, weather patterns, traveller reviews, travel time and distance from the coastline, the Wotif Winter Heat Index* provides Aussies with insider knowledge on where to travel for some warmth over the cooler months.

    Wotif Travel Expert, Chris Milligan said: “Whether you’re after a low-key getaway on the Queensland coast, or are up for an international adventure just a short flight away, the Wotif Winter Heat Index looks at the most common considerations before a holiday – how will I get there, how much will it cost, what’s the weather and how close is the beach?”

    In what is great news for Tropical North Queensland, Townsville has taken out this year’s top spot, beating what many consider Australia’s eighth state, Bali. The combination of affordable accommodation, great weather and good traveller reviews is what make Townsville this year’s number one destination, along with the town’s continued popularity, with accommodation demand on Wotif up 30% year-on-year.

    Milligan said: “Townsville is the perfect tropical escape without the need for a passport. From the beaches to the rainforests, to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef, whether you’re an adventure seeker or just want to relax, there really is something for everyone.

    “The continued growth is also a fantastic sign for the region following the February floods. More so than ever, it’s the perfect time for Aussie travellers to consider staying local, and holidaying in Townsville this winter is a great way to support the local community.”

    But, for those chasing an overseas jaunt, the Wotif Winter Heat Index proves it’s worth looking beyond the regular hotspots, with Jeju Island in South Korea this year’s surprising front-runner. Known as the Hawaii of South Korea, Jeju Island has long been a favourite for Korean locals and now Aussies are starting to catch on with searches on Wotif for Jeju Island this winter soaring by over 180%. Made up of beautiful beaches and incredible nature experiences, Jeju is one picturesque gem, worth exploring.

    Milligan continued: “If you’re yet to organise your own winter getaway, the best thing is that regardless of whether you’re staying local or heading overseas, each of these destinations is within easy reach of Australia, promising good accommodation, warm temperatures and value for money.”

    To check out this year’s best winter travel deals, visit www.wotif.com/lp/deals/winter-heat-index.

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    For further information or interview requests, contact pr@wotif.com.