Australians big spenders on international travel

In the 2013 release of the Visa Global Travel Intentions survey, Australians have been found to spend generously on their overseas travel. This shows that, despite the weakening Australian dollar, Australians still look forward to travelling abroad. The survey has also uncovered the interesting facts detailed below:

Australia: One of the most travel spenders in the world
The numbers

According to the survey, an Australian traveller spends $3,962 on every trip, making Australians the second biggest spenders on international travel. This cost is higher than the $2,300 average that individual travellers spend on overseas trips. Saudi Arabians, the survey toppers, spend $6,414, while Chinese, Brazilians, and South Africans follow with spends of $3,679, $2,844, and $2,779, respectively.

Travel considerations

Although Australians spend more on overseas travel, the survey reveals that they still give importance to value for money and only pick worthwhile travel destinations. Australians also take advantage of decreasing airfare costs, and they are not deterred by natural disasters and terrorist threats.

“We have seen over many years that Australians love to travel. We like to explore and experience different things,” stated Colin Bowman, executive general manager of marketing for an airline company. Australians’ love for travel is also reinforced by their “have passport, will travel” mentality, said Paul McGrath, managing director of Creative Holidays.

Importance of travel

The amount of money Australians spend for travel may be indicative of the importance they give to such an endeavour. According to research conducted by the St. George-Melbourne Institute, 60 per cent of Australians consider travel and holidays as a primary motivating force to help them to save money. Other things such as house deposit, retirement, education, debt repayment, and purchase of new household items come after the key motivation to save.

The 2013 Visa Global Intentions study also shows that 98 per cent of Australians have travelled for leisure in the past two years. They choose week-long trips to popular destinations like the US and the UK, the study said. More Australians also prefer independent travel than packaged tours.

The Visa study shows that Australia’s outbound tourism is performing well despite the falling Australian dollar. Coupled with the country’s healthy inbound tourism, it can be concluded that Australians love to travel and welcome travellers.

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