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Melbourne beats Bali to top NYE destination

Sydney, Tokyo other cities among most popular

Most people love the idea of travelling somewhere to ring in the New Year. But among those Australians who actually do it, where is the top spot? 


Up until this year that honour had gone to Bali, but according to data just released by travel site, Melbourne has knocked off the Indonesian island from the number one spot this year.


Sydney NYE fireworks


For the third straight year, Sydney finished as the third most popular destination to ring in 2020, while last year’s runner-up, Tokyo, slipped to fourth position. 


Other domestic destinations popular among New Year’s travellers are Perth (sixth), Gold Coast (seventh) and Brisbane (eighth). 


Tokyo, Paris and Las Vegas were deemed the NYE destinations-of-choice for travellers from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.  


Overall travel in 2019 followed a similar pattern to New Year’s travel, per Agoda, with Australia, Indonesia and Japan the top destinations for Australians for the second year in a row. 


The top spot to visit for Australians in 2019 was Bali, followed by local cities Melbourne (second), Sydney (third), Brisbane (fourth), Gold Coast (fifth) and Perth (sixth).


For global travellers, Japan and Thailand were revealed as the top Asian countries to visit, while France, UK and Italy took the top honours among European destinations.


Have you ever travelled to ring in the New Year? Where did you go - and where would you love to go?



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 17 December 2019

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