Aus top family destination for New Zealanders

Kiwis love Queensland

Despite the strong Aussie dollar, Queensland is still leading as the number one destination in the House of Travel’s annual top ten destinations for travelling with children for 2012.

According to House of Travel, Queensland for many families still provides an affordable and desirable destination offering many activities, food options and attractions for everyone.

Despite seeing a slight decrease in bookings, Fiji comes in at number two in the top ten, with the drop mainly attributed to the increased interest from families choosing long haul destinations such as Asia, North America and Europe.

Special family deals provided by Air New Zealand over the last 12 months has increased demand in travel to the US coupled with the strength of the Kiwi dollar has families travelling further.

House of Travel Director of Product Carmen White said she has seen some very good deals for accommodation and touring in the US.

“The ever popular theme parks and family based activities across California make it an exciting destination for the whole family.” Ms White said.

New to the top ten is France, with the Euro being at its lowest, an increasing number of New Zealanders are opting for a more cultural and historic experience.

“There is so much art, culture and so many popular landmarks across France that it will not be difficult for families to be kept entertained, plus having EuroDisney just out of Paris is an added bonus,” Ms White said.

Lastly New Zealanders are showing increased interest in Samoa, with parents opting to travel to the Pacific island over Fiji.

“We can only see Samoa improving as a popular holiday destination, as new room and air capacity comes online,” Ms White said.

House of Travel’s Top ten Destinations for Travelling with Kids, 2012:

  • Queensland
  • Fiji
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Cook Islands
  • New South Wales, Australia
  • Samoa
  • Thailand
  • Victoria, Australia
  • France
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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