Summer holidays up in the air as Omicron spooks travellers

The growing threat of the Omicron strain has smashed confidence amongst Australian travellers with four out of five either cancelling their summer holidays or reconsidering their plans.

But tourism bosses remain hopeful the Gold Coast will fare better than some other destinations.

A poll conducted for the Tourism and Transport Forum found uncertainty over the spread of Omicron and fears about snap border closures are set to hit the industry yet again.


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Half of the 1500 people surveyed said they had no confidence in travelling interstate, with Queensland and Western Australia seen as the most likely to slam borders shut.

Three in ten people admitted they had increased concerns about travelling with the same number either cancelling or postponing their holidays.

Seven out of ten people are waiting for further info before deciding whether to change their plans.

“This could not have come at a worse time with state border restrictions easing, some of the best flight deals we have seen available this summer and a last-minute surge in interstate travel bookings now in jeopardy,” TTF CEO Margy Osmond said.

“Of all the states Queensland is likely to suffer the most from the uncertainty with high yield travellers from Sydney and Melbourne making up almost 70 per cent of the national market and choosing to holiday within their own state.”

However, Ms Osmond said she remained hopeful the Gold Coast would still benefit from a strong summer holiday season.

“It is everybody’s number one domestic destination the Gold Coast. So I think the Goldie will continue to do well. I think the Sunshine Coast will do well. I think it is those places that are a little bit more remote that are harder to drive to that will suffer,” Ms Osmond told Nine.