Aussies to jingle holiday bells down under

first_imgAussies are keeping Christmas vacations familiar and “safer” this year, with Australia’s favourite local summer holiday spots reporting 100 percent occupancy rates over the festive season.According to real estate group Raine & Horne chief executive Angus Raine, Aussies are snubbing cheap international airfares and the strong Australian dollar and are opting for “the tradition and relative safety of a summer holiday in Australia”.Welcoming the renewed commitment to local stays include NSW North Coast, Central Coast, Palm Beach, the Gold Coast and Port Douglas.Raine & Horne Port Douglas and Mossman principal David Cotton explained holiday bookings have maintained a steady stream this summer with 60 percent and 70 percent occupany for Christmas, while principal of Yamba Denise Jillett explained New Year’s Eve and first week of January are at 100 percent occupancy in the North Coast.”These vacancies came about as a result of cancellations, so holiday makers considering Yamba need to be quick,” Ms Jillett highlighted.”Modern two bedroom apartments close to the beach are available from $1,600 for the week plus booking fee.”Brett Hunter from Terrigal-Avoca Beach added that the company has secured 20 percent more revenue for its owners in the Central Coast over the last six months and said the results were achieved through an altered approach to holiday lettings.”Knowing we can’t improve on a 100% result, instead we have focused on helping people extend their vacations before and after the Christmas period, as well as assisting them with shorter stays of perhaps three or four days on multiple occasions,” Mr Hunter said. What are your plans this Christmas, exchanging presents down under or riding sleigh bells overseas? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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