According to a recent consumer survey by MasterCard Worldwide, fewer New Zealand residents are planning on travelling to Australia in the next six months.
Although not all hope has been lost, the survey suggests only 65% of respondents were planning on visiting Australia, opposed to 73% the last time the survey was conducted.
A jump in consumer confidence is seeing Kiwis opt for long-haul flights opposed to trips across the Tasman.
The results are in contrast to travel to the United Kingdom and the United States of America, with rises to 18% and 17% respectively from respondents.
The Country Manager of MasterCard in New Zealand, Stuart McKinlay told ETravelBlackboard:
“Travel is seen to be the strongest incentive to save (45%) and the third most popular purchasing priority for New Zealanders (40%) in the coming six months
“New Zealanders have confidence in their employment and their regular income in the coming six months and this faith in the strengthening economy appears to be giving rise to more respondents looking to increase their discretionary spending, with travel proving popular.”