USA is the destination of choice for Aussies

The US is now the most in demand holiday destination among Australian citizens, a new study conducted by Roy Morgan Research has confirmed.

New Zealand had been the most popular location for Aussies for a long time, but the North American country has now overtaken it.

This, the researchers suggested, is partly down to the earthquakes in Christchurch last year, which put a lot of people off travelling to New Zealand.

Around 2.5 million Aussies said they wanted to visit the US in June, which was up from just 1.8 million in the same month of 2008.

Australians can also get some of the best exchange rates seen for years when heading to the US, as the country's currency has strengthened against the American dollar in recent weeks. Indeed, one Aussie dollar will now get you US$1.04.

"The United States has grown strongly in terms of the number of Australians who would like to holiday there; this is partly a result of the stronger Australian dollar and cheaper flights," commented Roy Morgan's international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello.

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