Planning holidays on the boss’s time

Millions of Australian workers are researching and booking their next holiday when they should be working, a new survey has found.

The research by comparison website reveals two out of three Australian workers, equivalent to eight million people – actively plan their next escape on the boss’ time. 

It shows the average Aussie employee spends 57 minutes a week hunting for cheap flights and hotels, which equates to a cumulative total of 7.6 million hours wasted every week.

Baby Boomers take longer holidays

Most Australians intend taking a holiday in the next 12 months and while younger people are leading the way for short breaks, Baby Boomers take longer vacations, new figures show.

The Roy Morgan Holiday Tracking Survey revealed nearly 14 million or 68.3 of people aged 14 or older intended to take at least one vacation, down 0.7 percentage points from the same period last year.

But there were some clear generational differences, with Millennials leading Gen X and Z, Baby Boomers and Pre-Boomers for holiday travel intention. 

Australians like Asian travel destinations

New data shows Asian countries are becoming increasingly popular with Australian travellers.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Indonesia, China, Thailand, India and Japan all featured among the most popular destinations.

As well, many had experienced continued growth, the ABS’ Myles Burleigh said.

"Indonesia has been a long-term favourite of Australians, and more than 90,000 returned from short term trips to Indonesia in March,” Mr Burleigh said.

Report recommends tourists fly less and pay more

New Australian research has found global tourism was a growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and holiday makers should be prepared to fly less and pay more.

The University of Sydney study found the United States was responsible for most of tourism-generating Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) but the growing middle classes in China and India were adding to substantially to the environmental problem.

Travel agent fined for price fixing

Australia’s biggest travel agent has had its fines increased after breaching competition laws by trying to induce three international airlines to enter into price fixing arrangements.

Consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the Full Federal Court of Australia this week ordered Flight Centre to pay penalties totalling $12.5 million over the price fixing arrangements between 2005 and 2009.

Flight Centre had sought each airline to agree not to offer airfares on its own website that were less than those offered by Flight Centre.

Seat kicking the most annoying habit on planes

People who kick the seat of the person in front of them are the most annoying airline passengers, a new Australian survey of in-flight habits has found.

More than half of Australian travellers (55 per cent) said seat-kicking passengers troubled them the most, followed closely by those with bad body odour on 54 per cent, and crying babies or loud/misbehaving children on 38 per cent.

New travel expo in Perth

Join the National Seniors Travel team for an exciting travel event in Perth, including guest presenters from Finnair, APT, Trafalgar and travel insurance company, Covermore.

Come along to this free event and learn about an exciting range of holiday options from the experts first hand, with exclusive offers available on the day.

Date: Friday 13 April 2018

Venue: The Conference Room - City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth WA 6005. 

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Discover your dream destinations

Fancy cruising the romantic rivers of Europe, journeying to the Arctic Circle by train, or discovering the historic sites of Croatia?

Come along to an exclusive travel seminar in Brisbane later this month and hear APT’s Queensland manager Karen Newbury speak about a range of popular overseas and Australian destinations, along with exciting emerging markets.

Karen has been in the travel industry for more than 30 years and will be a key presenter at the seminar, which will also feature members of the National Seniors travel team.

Lonely Planet calls on the travel industry to do more for solo travellers

World travel authority Lonely Planet has called on the industry to do more to cater for solo travellers.

This follows new research revealing that the growing number of solo travellers face higher costs than those travelling with family or friends, including an average of nearly 20 per cent on travel insurance and over 50 per cent on accommodation.

Lonely Planet surveyed members of their dedicated global community of travellers, with more than one in three Australian respondents claiming to have felt disadvantaged when choosing to travel alone.

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