Aussies 'are high value travellers'

Mozo

Monday 24 September 2012

Aussie holidaymakers are held in very high regard around the world because of the amount of money that we spend when taking a foreign break.

New research conducted by Tourism Australia has found that people from down under are on course to take ten million overseas breaks each year leading up to 2020 – a remarkable statistic when considering the country's population is just 22 million.

Jayson Westbury of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents told the Sydney Morning Herald that Aussies have a habit of splashing out huge sums while abroad.

Of course, we are helped enormously by the strength of the Aussie dollar, which ensures we get the best exchange rates when heading to a different part of the world.

It can also be a lot cheaper to take a holiday overseas, as figures recently released by the Curtin Business School showed that 44 per cent of Western Australians go abroad because they think it is better value for money than taking a domestic vacation. 

"Everyone wants us, particularly in Europe and Asia … we're big spenders. The dollar would have to fall to 50¢ for this balloon to burst," Mr Westbury was quoted as saying.

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