Google has launched a listing of Australia’s top-searched locations of the final twenty years, with Japan topping the record.
The search engine launched the journey insights to mark Google’s twentieth anniversary in Australia this October, with Japan within the primary spot, adopted by New Zealand and Thailand ranked second and third, respectively.
Earlier than the closure of worldwide borders, Japan was the quickest rising abroad vacation spot for Australian travellers, with the variety of Australian guests rising 17 per cent between 2017 and 2018, and 324 per cent within the decade previous to the pandemic. Japan was additionally the most-searched abroad vacation spot on Traveller.com.au earlier than the worldwide border controls have been enforced.
Google’s findings level to a Japan journey comeback, because the Land of the Rising Solar prepares to reopen for mass tourism on October 11 for the primary time in additional than two years.
Japan has been sluggish to welcome worldwide guests again following COVID-19 border closures, selecting a multi-phased reopening plan that started with guided group excursions, then unguided bundle excursions, earlier than lastly setting a date to renew impartial journey for overseas guests.
For the reason that Japan border reopening announcement on September 23, on-line journey businesses have reported a surge in Japan searches and bookings.
Webjet reported a 322 per cent spike in bookings from Australia to Japan within the five-day interval following the reopening information.
Webjet OTA CEO David Galt mentioned: “This fast response in bookings made continues to focus on how keen Aussies are to return to certainly one of our most beloved vacation spots.”
The tourism comeback is being additional fuelled by bargainous trade charges, with the Australian greenback buying and selling at its highest in opposition to the Japanese yen in about seven years, shopping for 93.91 yen. The trade charge will get Australian guests nearly 30 per cent extra yen than on the identical time in 2019.
Google revealed a few of its twentieth anniversary in Australia insights in a weblog put up masking a variety of search subjects and tendencies, together with ‘the right way to’, information, cooking and extra.
Google’s high searched journey places of the previous 20 years:
2. New Zealand
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