The number of Australians who are intending to travel overseas for a holiday over the next 12 month is at it's highest point for the last 5 years according to Roy Morgan Research. This is an increase of 10% for the same time last year (July 2010). Hot spots include: USA mainland, Hawaii, Canada, China, and Bali.
Australians intention to travel domestically on their next holiday is down by 4% (58% to 54%) compared to July 2010.
Previous studies the agency has conducted are consistent with our previous findings on similar studies - that overseas holiday destinations can be seen as more exotic with a point of cultural difference. There is also the perception that there is a wider variety of experiences overseas than in Australia. We have seen this consistently in the domestic market over the last 5 years, the fact is, many Australians think Australia is boring.
Current Roy Morgan Media data(July 2011) shows that for those intending to travel:
- 63% will find the Internet the most useful media for selecting travel and accommodation
- 12% will look to newspapers
- 7% to magazines
- Yellow pages, TV, catalogues (brochures) and radio were mentioned by less than 5% of holiday planners as a useful resource
With these stats, you can really back your decisions to focus on the web, particularly if you have a wide range of stakeholders
So what does this mean if you are a domestic operator? Focus on your Web / Internet strategy. If you don't feel you have the skills, it really is worth it to outsource it. You need to look at areas such as:
- Keywords - what are the words that consumers use when they search on Google for a holiday
- Search Engine optimisation - make sure these words are in your web copy and working for you behind the scenes of your website
- Ensure your website is interesting, informative and packed with relevant information
- List / database building
If you need to cut costs, DON'T cut costs in your website / digital marketing area. You are better off to look at cutting back on paper / brochures and collateral production and print advertising.
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She also runs a well respected seniors travel blog, http://www.newyoungtravel.com.au.
Bronwyn is also the published author of Seniors Travel Tips, a global travel guide for seniors.