Aussies are taking their travel credit cards abroad
An increasing number of Australian travellers are heading abroad rather than travelling domestically.
According to the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), international flights into the country have fallen in the past year – thanks in part to the strong Australian dollar.
Following a thorough assessment of figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the TTF noted that departures from major Australian airports have climbed by nine per cent to 790,000. With currency crises in both Europe and the US, Australians are vying to take their prepaid travel cards abroad and get more bang for their buck.
TTF chief executive John Lee said that many operators in the domestic tourism industry were having a tough time as holidaymakers head overseas.
He claimed that other industries had received hundreds of millions of dollars in government support, whereas the domestic travel sector has essentially been "left to its own devices".
Recently, travel expert Doc Holiday wrote on news.com.au that Australia's tourism industry is in desperate need of domestic travellers and suggested that people should stay home and vacation in what is the second best country in the world, according to the Human Development Index.