Cheap Asia holiday deals appeal to Aussies, travel agent says

A travel agent has suggested that the large number of budget airlines that offer cheap services to Asia could be harming Australia's tourism sector.

Managing director of travel firm Holiday Planet Alan Dodson suggested that rather than taking domestic breaks, a growing number of Aussies are seeking overseas travel money before heading off to places such as Thailand.

He stated that holidaymakers are finding great value for money, as carriers such as AirAsia can offer one-way flights between various Australian cities to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for as little as $199.

"You can get four nights accommodation on the Gold Coast for $250 to $300, but for not a lot more than that you can get a cheap package deal overseas," he remarked.

A recent study by Roy Morgan Research indicated that 55 per cent of Aussies used a high street travel agent the last time they booked a holiday abroad, which was more than in 2010. Many people are now able to find cheap vacations online.ADNFCR-1761-ID-801243551-ADNFCR