With Greater Sydney itching for lockdown to end, 9News.com.au can reveal where penned in NSW residents are planning to holiday inside the state after Freedom Day and over Christmas-New Year.
With Greater Sydney itching for lockdown to end, 9News.com.au can reveal where penned-in NSW residents are planning to holiday inside the state after Freedom Day and over Christmas-New Year.
Pokolbin, a wine town in the heart of the Hunter Valley, is attracting plenty of attention right now, according to new data provided exclusively to 9News.com.au by travel site Wotif.
The Hunter Valley vineyard hot spot is currently ranked number one on Wotif's top-10 trending list, beating out Ulladulla and Nowra, scenic towns on the NSW South Coast.
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Kiama and Jervis Bay, also on the South Coast, round out the top five.
Wotif's trending list shows destinations which are spiking in searches, but Sydney remains the undisputed king when it comes to the out-and-out most popular holiday destination in NSW.
Newcastle is currently second to the NSW capital, according to Wotif accommodation booking data, with Port Stephens, Port Macquarie and Pokolbin making up a top-five.
When NSW hits 70 per cent fully vaccinated, holiday movement across regional LGAs will be permitted, except for Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains.
At 80 per cent, there are no travel restrictions inside NSW borders and LGAs for people who have had two doses.
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Wotif Managing Director Daniel Finch told 9News that search interest jumped a whopping 40 per cent on the day NSW's roadmap out of lockdown was announced last week.
With Greater Sydney at the pointy end of a grueling lockdown since the end of June, and home schooling about to grind into the start of Term 4, people are gearing up to relax over summer.
"The biggest spikes (for bookings) were seen across Christmas and New Year," Mr Finch said, now that people in NSW had a clear roadmap to plan off.
And tourism businesses on the North Coast could be in for a welcome boon over summer, with Mr Finch explaining that region of NSW was seeing a deluge of accommodation bookings.
Other data showed NSW travellers were preferring trips closer to home, he said, because people could quickly re-evaluate travel plans if needed.
In July, 9News.com.au reported how Sydney hotels were running at less than two percent occupancy, with operators hemorrhaging cash and jobs evaporating.
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/where-nsw-residents-are-booking-holidays-after-freedom-day-when-coronavirus-lockdown-ends/f851cd8e-c515-407d-a70f-7d09abd3299f