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Monday 2 February 2015

Australia's continuing love affair with Asian destinations

What is the favourite holiday destination for Australia tourists? No surprise that the Indonesian island of Bali remained in the No.1 spot for 2014, according to a  poll conducted by website
Amarterra Villas in Nusa Dua, Bali 

The poll also revealed a resurgence in the popularity of Thailand, with the west-coast beach town of Patong on Phuket and the Thai capital of Bangkok both finishing among the top 10 most popular international destinations for Aussie travellers.

New York, the most popular destination in 2013, dropped to second spot and could face a further fall given the ongoing weakness of the Australian dollar against the greenback. 

Singapore held its position as the third most popular international destination for Aussies, while London held on to fourth spot and Tokyo moved up two spots to fifth position followed by Hong Kong.

The resurgent popularity of Asian destinations has largely come at the cost of US destinations: New York and Honolulu were the only two US cities to make it to the top 10, while even the bright lights of Las Vegas lost their shine, dropping seven places to 12th place.

The HPI captures hotel prices in major destinations across the world and is based on bookings made on
Commenting on the report, Katherine Cole, regional director for Australia, New Zealand & Singapore, said the figures showed Australians are becoming savvier with their spending and are looking for better value-for-money destinations closer to home.

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