07 January 2010

Sydney in top 20 most searched destination for 2010 travel

Australia’s iconic city Sydney has been revealed as one of the top 20 most searched for destination by Britons for travel in 2010.

The data, from travel search site Skyscanner, also found three other Australian cities, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, were increasingly popular to British travellers and new entries into the top 50 most searched for destinations. Melbourne came in at number 34, Perth 43, and Brisbane 48.

Spain took the top three positions; with the top most searched for destination Malaga, moving up one place from last year, followed by Tenerife and Alicante. There are also 11 Spanish destinations within the top 50, five of which are in the top 10.

Sydney came in number 20 most searched for destination, up seven places on the year before, but British travellers do need to have an Australian Travel Visa to visit the country.

The most popular visa for tourism purposes is the ETA Visa, which is quick to apply for online and is approved almost instantly. The ETA Visa allows the holder to spend up to three months in Australia, unlimited entries,

New entries to the top 10 are Johannesburg and Cape Town, which will be hosting the World Cup in 2010.

Destinations dropping most in search volume are Edinburgh, Salzburg, Murcia, London and Fuerteventura.
Skyscanner Top 20:

1.    Malaga, (Spain) [+1]
2.    Tenerife (Spain) [+2]
3.    Alicante (Spain)[0]
4.    Orlando (USA) [+12]
5.    Dalaman (Turkey) [0]
6.    Faro (Portugal) [0]
7.    New York (USA) [+5]
8.    Palma (Spain) [-1]
9.    Lanzarote (Spain) [+4]
10.    Geneva (Switzerland) [-2]
11.    Bangkok (Thailand) [+11]
12.    Paphos (Cyprus) [-3]
13.    Barcelona (Spain) [+1]
14.    London (UK) [-13]
15.    Bodrum (Turkey) [-4]
16.    Paris (France) [+1]
17.    Rome (Italy) [-2]
18.    Gran Canaria (Spain) [+1]
19.    Larnaca (Cyprus) [+1]
20.    Sydney (Australia) [+7]


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