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International bookings breaking records


It’s not been a great run for travel agents, but today Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner was able to tell shareholders that for the first time since the start of the pandemic, international leisure bookings have surpassed domestic bookings in Australia.

 

According to Turner, international bookings have “almost tripled” between July and September and “[b]ooking numbers this month have already surpassed the September total with more than a third of the month still to come.”

 

After Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk outlined the state’s roadmap to reopening, Virgin Australia reported traffic to its website soared by 100%, with an 134% overall increase in bookings, Business Insider reported. 

 

 

Hotels and resorts in Fiji have experienced record breaking bookings, with one resort recording $60,000 worth of bookings in one day, News Corp reported. 

 

Fiji is set to open to international travellers from 1 December and Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill said the country is ready for the onslaught. 

 

“The data we are seeing coming through from airlines, hotels and retailers is more than we could have predicted but indicates that there’s a big pent-up demand for travel after such a long time with border closures,” Hill said.

 

“We know that we can offer a really safe travel experience, with our Care Fiji Commitment and high vaccine rates, we’ve worked hard to reassure travellers that when they get here, they’ll be reassured that Fiji cares about its guests.”

 

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Published: 20 October 2021

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