TRAVEL TRENDS FOR 2019
As Australians settle into 2019, goals are being set for the New Year, and without a doubt, ‘work less; travel more’ is at the top of many lists. From the most sought-after destinations to how long travelers are spending away, here’s our top trends for 2019 and why you should jump on them.
Booking lead-times will extend
Typically, a strong percentage of rooms are booked within a last-minute window. That is, anywhere from 24 hours to a few weeks prior to check-in. However recent booking patterns are showing that travelers are planning their stays further in advance, even if only slightly.
Mini-breaks will remain popular
The average length of stay is expected to hold strong in 2019 at two nights plus, which is consistent with the travel habits of Oaks’ guests in 2018. With some key public holidays making a long weekend or four-day trip much easier to sneak in, we expect to see the popularity of these mini-breaks continue.
There are definite advantages for travelers to book two nights’ accommodation or more, with discounts often available on multi-night stays. With ‘stay longer and save’ offers set to continue this year, this trend is sure to stick around.
Travelers will flock to Queensland’s coast
While city properties are predicted to continue to top our most popular destinations in 2019, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, we’re tipping our key coastal locations will give them a run for their money, and Queensland will lead the charge.
Mixing business and leisure
Leisure travel will continue its growth in popularity in 2019, as business travelers choose to book-end their corporate travel commitments with a day or two of leisure. A recent report from Expedia found that 60 percent of business-related trips also incorporated an element of leisure travel. While not a new concept, this trend is expected to continue its popularity.
Travelling for work? Maximise your opportunities for leisure travel by choosing a central city base and exploring the culinary, cultural and adventure experiences surrounding it. Oaks have 24 hotels across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin so you can make the most of your leisure opportunities.