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Friday, April 16 2021 - 19:16
Agoda: Australians and New Zealanders look to Trans-Tasman travel bubble for public holiday travel adventures in 2021
SYDNEY, April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --'s data sees super surges in searches for stays over Anzac Day, The 
Queen's Birthday and Christmas public holidays 

Australians and New Zealanders reputation as keen travellers was reinforced as 
Agoda's search data reveals an 850% increase in searches by Australians looking 
for accommodation in New Zealand, and 470% increase for New Zealanders 
searching for trips to Australia, following the announcement that the 
Trans-Tasman travel bubble will commence 19 April 2021.

While both markets experienced a boost for tourism in more off-the-beaten track 
destinations by domestic travellers during the COVID period, big ticket tourist 
spots of the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, plus Auckland, Queenstown and 
Christchurch are very much back in vogue for the Trans-Tasman travellers, 

New Zealand's Queenstown jumps to number one most searched international 

Following the announcement of the Trans-Tasman route opening, Queenstown shot 
to the top spot for searches on by Australian origin travellers, 
knocking Bali into third spot, behind Thailand's Pattaya. Auckland comes in 
seventh place, with neither New Zealand destinations having featured in the top 
ten international searches the week prior to the announcement on 6 April 2021.

Meanwhile, New Zealand origin international search data shows a massive swing 
towards Australia travel searches, taking five of the top ten international 
searches post the announcement, up from only two the week preceding. 

Pent-up Passion for Travel 

"This surge in searches and bookings following the Australia and New Zealand 
governments' announcement of the Trans-Tasman agreement, is reflective of a 
trend we have witnessed in both Australia as domestic borders re-opened, and 
across Asia Pacific as more markets discuss opening travel corridors. The 
desire for immediate travel to international spots clearly highlights people's 
pent-up desire and passion to travel again, as soon as there is a safe option 
to do so. But what's also interesting is the return of longer-term travel 
planning, as per pre-COVID-19 times, which reflects a resurgence in travellers' 
confidence," says Zsuzsanna Janos, Director Oceania at Agoda.

"Hotels are ready with hygiene measures in place around safe distancing and 
cleaning protocols, that have served the domestic traveller well this past 
year, and travellers' optimism to get back on their next adventure is evident.  
It's interesting to see the tourist hubs of Queenstown and Auckland, and Gold 
Coast, Sydney and Melbourne very much back on the map for international 
travellers looking for a change of scene," Janos continues.  "We are heartened 
to see governments come together to reinvigorate the travel and tourism 
industry, and setting the stage as more markets navigate the return of 
international travel, one that is safe and responsible." has more than 40,000 properties in Australia and 12,000 in New 
Zealand from luxury hotels to motels, resorts and Agoda Homes.  

Notes to Editor:

Data is based on Agoda's search data ten-day average prior to the 6 April 

Top Searched International Destinations (Australia Origin) 
Before the announcement of Travel Bubble   Announcement of Travel Bubble 
(27 March to 5 April 2021)                 (6 to 15 April, 2021) 
Bali, Indonesia                            Queenstown, New Zealand
Pattaya, Thailand                          Pattaya, Thailand 
Bangkok, Thailand                          Bali, Indonesia 
Singapore                                  Phuket, Thailand 
Phuket, Thailand                           Bangkok, Thailand 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia                     Singapore 
Manila, Philippines                        Auckland, New Zealand 
Tokyo, Japan                               Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Koh Samui, Thailand                        Hong Kong SAR, China 
Hong Kong SAR, China                       Tokyo, Japan

Top Searched International Destinations (New Zealand Origin)
Before the announcement of Travel Bubble  Announcement of Travel Bubble
(27 March to 5 April 2021)               (6 to 15 April, 2021)
Phuket, Thailand                          Gold Coast, Australia 
Pattaya, Thailand                         Sydney, Australia 
Manila, The Philippines                   Melbourne, Australia 
Hong Kong SAR, China                      Cairns, Australia 
Melbourne, Australia                      Phuket, Thailand 
Gold Coast, Australia                     Brisbane, Australia
Shenzhen, China                           Tokyo, Japan 
Bangkok, Thailand                         Hong Kong SAR, China 
Tokyo, Japan                              Bangkok, Thailand
Jakarta, Indonesia                        Shenzhen, China

About Agoda

From its beginnings as an e-commerce start-up based in Singapore in 2005, 
digital travel platform Agoda has grown to offer a global network of over 2.5 
million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, 
offering travellers easy access to a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels, 
apartments, homes and villas, to suit all budgets and travel occasions. In 
2019, Agoda added a flight product and packages to help make travel even 

Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings (Nasdaq: BKNG) 
and employs more than 4,000 staff in 30 countries. and the Agoda 
mobile app are available in 39 languages.