Domestic travel to keep tourism industry hopes up

Domestic travel is the saving grace of the Australian tourism industry as global austerity measures begin to bite.

The sector could become increasingly reliant on homegrown travel credit cards customers as many tour operators batten down the hatches.

Tourism Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said: "If there's a brighter spot, it's that tourism operators are slightly less pessimistic about domestic travel for the upcoming holiday period."

However, Mr Lee claimed that operators were keeping their expectations low as many Aussies thought twice about prepaid travel money cards.

"In other words, tourism operators are not getting their hopes up too high but they are hoping for better weather than we had for Christmas and January last year, especially in Queensland," Mr Lee concluded.

However, recent research compiled by Roy Morgan Research has shown that there has been a one per cent increase in the number of Aussies considering heading overseas during the festive season.

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