The G20 summit will be in full swing in Brisbane this weekend, however the locals will be escaping the city in masses for the long weekend as coastal hotel bookings peak.
According to Wotif.com’s Product Director Donna Rodios, Brisbane hotels are already fully booked with G20 related business and as a result there is a reduced supply for hotels in the city. As a result, hotel bookings on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast as well as coastal spots across New South Wales were recording significant increases thanks to the bonus long weekend.
“Plenty of Brisbane locals will be packing up the car and making the most of the long weekend, with the Gold Coast seeing a significant week on week increase and popular destinations like Broadbeach recording a 50% increase, Surfers Paradise seeing an increase of 25% and Burleigh Heads up by 29%,” Ms Rodios said.
“The Sunshine Coast will also reap the benefits, with accommodation on Wotif.com almost fully booked. We’re seeing Maroochydore bookings almost doubling week on week and Noosa and Caloundra experiencing a 74% increase”
Donna Rodios, Wotif.com Product Director
“We can expect to see beaches across the New South Wales border attracting holidaymakers with Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Newcastle all experiencing a surge in bookings during the long weekend.”
Ms Rodios said while drive destinations were proving popular, people were taking the opportunity to go on mini holidays to Melbourne and Bali.
“Brisbane locals are jumping on the chance to take a mini break and go to events further afield, with Wotif flight bookings to Melbourne almost doubling this Thursday and Friday compared to the same time last week. There’s no doubt the Katy Perry concert is drawing fans to the city, with hotel bookings up by 25% for the long weekend, compared to the previous week.
“With rooms available to book up to six months in advance on Wotif.com, it’s always a safe bet to get in early to book your accommodation around major event dates but for locals still planning to get out of Brisbane, there are some good deals available in the hinterland areas.”
Will you be escaping Brisbane this weekend?
*Statistics correct as of Monday, 10 November 2014, based on Wotif.com forward accommodation booking data comparing 13 – 16 November 2014 versus 6 – 9 November 2014 and forward flight booking data comparing 13 – 14 November 2014 versus 6 – 7 November 2014.
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