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Wotif: Top Destinations Booked For New Years Eve

Published: Fri 28 Dec 2007 09:58 AM
Wotif.com announces the top destinations booked for New Years Eve
Wotif.com, Australasia's leading accommodation website has announced that Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are the most popular destinations in New Zealand for this New Year's Eve.
The fanfare of New Year's Eve in the city has tempted the masses with total bookings for New Zealand's cities rivalling domestic leisure destination bookings for the same period.
Leisure destinations however, made up the majority of the top ten list of destinations booked over New Years with Queenstown, Rotorua, Taupo, Wanaka, Nelson, Tauranga taking out the next 6 spots and Napier and Te Anau tying for tenth place.
Wotif.com's New Zealand Manager, Tania Witheford said: "Although spending New Years Eve in the city is very popular, you can usually find great deals in the city centres throughout the entire festive season with hotels trying to attract bookers away from the more traditional summer holiday destinations by offering great rates and throwing in different inclusions.
"These lists have proven once again that kiwi travellers are savvy bookers and happy to go where the bargains take them," she added.
Internationally, Asian countries dominated this list of top New Years Eve destinations with Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia taking out second to seventh place respectively. There were no surprises for the top spot with Australia being the most popular international New Years Eve destination booked.
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With increased airline capacity and competition between airline carriers who fly into Australia and Asia, kiwis are following the deals internationally.
"Wotif.com has experienced rapid growth in the number of bookings into Asia over the entire year and it is no surprise that these countries dominated the list of top international destinations booked for New Years Eve," said Witheford.
Top Domestic Destinations for New Years Eve
1. Auckland
2. Wellington
3. Christchurch
4. Queenstown
5. Rotorua
6. Taupo
7. Wanaka
8. Nelson
9. Tauranga
10. Napier / TeAnau
Top International Destinations for New Years Eve
1. Australia
2. Thailand
3. Singapore
4. Malaysia
5. Hong Kong
6. Vietnam
7. Indonesia
8. Fiji
9. United Kingdom
10. France
And for those who have not yet made up their mind, there is still time to book at the top spots with the following great deals still available on Wotif.com including:
Auckland - Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland (4+ star)
Summer Promotion deals are $160 a night (down from $360 a night) for accommodation in a superior room and a book of discount vouchers with up to $1000 worth of discounts at shopping and eating outlets at Atrium on Elliott www.wotif.com/hotelW1007
Wellington - Bolton Hotel Wellington (5 Star)
Queen Studio rooms are down to $150 a night from $430 a night. www.wotif.com/hotelW12421
Christchurch - Oaks SmartStay Apartments on Cashel (4+ star)
Studio - 1 night deals are $99 a night (down from $211 a night) for accommodation in a self contained apartment style studio in a great central location. www.wotif.com/hotelW41620
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Notes:
* Top destination lists were derived from Wotif.com bookings made for the 29 - 31 December 2007 that were made before 27 December 2007.
* Wotif.com sells accommodation online in more than 40 countries.
* Our great rates, broad accommodation range, easy-to-use site and 24/7 Customer Service Centre have made us the most popular way for business and leisure travellers in Australia and New Zealand to book accommodation online. Every month our site attracts 2.75 million visits with customers making more than 170,000 bookings through our 28-day booking window.
* We launched in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2000 and now have offices in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom to support our growing international presence. Wotif.com is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, trading under the code WTF.
ENDS

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