Indonesia beats New Zealand as Australians’ top tourist destination

By TIN Media | Asean News Published 2 months ago on 15 February 2024
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Indonesia is Australia’s favourite overseas holiday destination, beating New Zealand for the first time since tourism records were kept.

About 1.37 million Australians travelled to Indonesia last year, 86 per cent of them going for a holiday, while 1.26 million travelled to New Zealand, according to the latest ABS statistics.

New Zealand has consistently been the most popular destination since the ABS started recording tourism data nearly 50 years ago, with Indonesia overtaking the US as the runner-up since early 2014.

Australian tourism to both countries reached its peak in 2019 before sharply declining during the Covid-19 pandemic.

New Zealand’s post-Covid growth has been hurt by major airlines shrinking their fleets during the pandemic, according to Australian Travel Industry Association chief executive Dean Long.

”[Virgin, Qantas, Air New Zealand’s] supply hasn’t really changed significantly over that period, so not a real surprise to see those numbers flatlining,” he said.

Conversely, Australians might be discovering the cultural and geographical diversity that exists in Indonesia outside Bali, DeluxeLife CEO Simon Mustoe said.”I think there’s a gradual realisation by Australians that there is almost a microcosm of world travel on our doorstep,” he said.

Indonesia has the fourth-highest population in the world and has more than 300 ethnic groups spread across about 18,000 islands.

”You start with Java; some of the temples there rival anything that you see in places like Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

”Move to Sulawesi and you’ve got an incredible cultural diversity, you’ve also got an island with a higher degree of ... unique animals than Madagascar.”

Tourism New Zealand has announced a campaign to encourage US tourism to the country, its second-largest tourism market after Australia.

 

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