Aussie travellers 'looking for good value breaks'

Aussies with prepaid travel cards who are planning to go on holiday are looking for good value trips, it has been claimed.

Travelzoo general manager for Australia and south-east Asia Brad Gurrie explained that a number of countries are concentrating their efforts to attract vacationers from Australia.

He noted that destinations such as Thailand, Fiji and Bali are "aggressively" targeting Aussie jetsetters.

"There's no getting away from the fact that leisure travel consumers are looking for value,” Mr Gurrie asserted.

He cited recent research conducted by his firm indicating that more than half of those considering a break in Tropical North Queensland have opted not to travel to the area because of the prohibitive costs involved.

This may suggest that more people will opt to take their travel credit cards to destinations overseas where the cost is lower.

Earlier this month, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the monthly surplus from Australia's tourism industry has fallen from $570 million to $186 million since 2003. ADNFCR-1761-ID-800922576-ADNFCR