Victorians nominate top overseas holiday destinations

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In a new RACV survey, Victorians have revealed their top overseas holiday destinations and a large proportion said they use the services of travel agents.

The United Kingdom, New Zealand and Italy are the top three destinations for Victorians, according to the travel survey.

The survey of more than 3000 RACV members found that, apart from relaxation and enjoyment, Victorians’ top reasons for travel included investigating their ancestry and taking children on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Going for a holiday was the top reason for travelling overseas, nominated by just over 54 per cent. Just over 14 per cent travelled to meet family and friends, about 12 per cent travelled for a new experience and 3.7 per cent travelled for business.

“These results reflect what we see through travel insurance sales, with members of all ages travelling to many different overseas destinations,” said Peter Stanley, RACV’s Manager for Travel Insurance.

The survey also showed that most respondents used travel agents, but many also book their own overseas flights and accommodation.

Almost a quarter, 23.5 per cent, said they always use a travel agent to book overseas flights, 22.5 per cent said they mostly used a travel agent, 37.3 per cent said they sometimes used a travel agent and 16.7 per cent said they had never used a travel agent to book their overseas travel.

Each week thousands of RACV members buy RACV Travel insurance, either online, at an RACV Shop or by calling the RACV’s Melbourne-based contact centre on 13 13 29.

“We have seen significant growth in travel insurance enquiries in part due to the growth in travel activity, but also the growing recognition of the importance of travelling with peace of mind, knowing that potential significant expenses such as medical and hospital costs are covered while travelling,” said Peter.

Top 10 overseas destinations for Victorians

  1. United Kingdom
  2. New Zealand
  3. Italy
  4. United States
  5. France
  6. Canada
  7. Japan
  8. Thailand
  9. Fiji
  10. Indonesia
Written by Jessica Hirst
June 26, 2017

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