Blog Post
21.07.2015
AUSSIES FLOCK TO THE USA, DESPITE SINKING DOLLAR

THE weaker Aussie dollar has done nothing to dampen our wanderlust or willingness to spend on travelling abroad.

Despite the dollar sinking to 74 cents against the US greenback this week (July 2015), recent passenger departure figures are proof that a weaker currency has had little bearing on our choice of travel destination.

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in May outlined that the USA was the second most popular destination with 101,300 Australian visitors, following New Zealand, which attracted 160,700.

In fact, more than a million people (1,017,600) left our country for a short-term break in a single month, confirming a weakening Australian dollar has not affected youth travel, especially to the USA.

Topdeck Travel’s general manager, Sarah Clark, said young people are savvier with their spending – they’re shopping around for airfares and booking group travel.

“They’re grabbing cheap eats from food trucks and street vendors, or shopping for bargains at retail brand outlets to stretch their dollar further,” Ms Clark said.

“Free tourist attractions, such as the Staten Island ferry, are a great way to enjoy views of New York’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty,” she said.

When it comes to airports, runways in Australia and the USA have never been so busy, as record numbers of passengers arrive and depart each country.

According to data from the Airports Council International (September 2014), Chicago O’Hare is now the busiest airport in the US, followed by Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Ms Clark said it was a sign of the times, with increased accessibility and affordability of routes to the US that outbound travel is far more within reach for young people in Australia at the moment.

Topdeck Travel has revealed a new brochure design and new tours for their 2016 North America brochure in a move that it hopes will attract more young customers next year.

The new 2016 brochure has a magazine feel to it, with articles and information devised to speak in the same language as today’s youth passengers.

“The way today’s youth consumes information has changed significantly, and we’ve adapted to reflect this,” said Ms Clark.

“The brochure includes 14 reasons to travel while you’re young, which reminds me of the author, Anthony Bourdain who said, ‘if you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible.’ ”

New trips in the brochure include the 24-day Coast to Coast and 25-day West Coast Cruiser, as well as, new experiences such as entry to the One World Observatory and the 360 Chicago Observatory.

With a total of 21 amazing adventures on offer, even food lovers get to opportunity to visit the Cajun Festival in Louisiana and the Man vs Food restaurant.

For more details and information on the new North America brochure, check out www.topdeck.travel.

ENDS.

Media enquires to Olivia King on 0408 157 253 or email olivia@thepressgarage.com.au, on behalf of Topdeck Travel.