School’s out for sun fun

30 September, 2022

A whole world of hot travel destinations is opening up for holidaymakers with the reduction in Covid restrictions, RAA Travel bookings data reveals.

Families are taking advantage of the opening of borders and flocking to interstate and international regions to enjoy school holidays, our bookings show.

Bookings to SA destinations are also on the rise.

The good news comes as South Australian’s gear up for a long weekend and two weeks of school holidays from tomorrow.

Last July – which coincides with the mid-year school holidays – revealed a massive 1184% surge in international bookings, interstate bookings were up 102% and local destinations rose 32% compared to July last year.

RAA Travel General Manager Gina Norman said the booking figures reflected the release of pent up demand for travel due to the pandemic restrictions.

“People were following health advice from governments during the pandemic, and once the governments eased restrictions it provided people with confidence that it was safe to travel again,’’ she said.

“Winter sun destinations like Fiji and Tropical North Queensland are proving very popular again with school holidaymakers.

“Other destinations further afield like Europe and the UK are also popular, particularly for family reunions.’’

Ms Norman said it was reassuring to see bookings to South Aussie destinations have also increased by a third in July compared to the same month last year.

“That’s not surprising given we have some of the most beautiful country and experiences in the world right on our doorstep,’’ she said.

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