Japan is the most searched travel destination by Australians on Google, according to data released by the internet search giant on Wednesday to mark two decades in Australia.
An analysis of Australian search trends over a 20-year period saw Japan top the list as the most searched destination on Google, followed by New Zealand and Thailand. Other destinations in the top 10 include Vietnam, Australia and Tasmania, an island state in the south of the country.
Tourists visit the Asakusa district in Tokyo on January 10, 2020. (Kyodo)
David Galt, CEO of Australian online travel agent Webjet OTA, said Japan has always been a popular destination for Australians, from skiing holidays to cherry blossom viewing, and Australians are looking forward to return as pandemic border restrictions ease.
Data released by Webjet OTA last month showed that bookings made from Australia to Japan on the platform increased by 322% in the five-day period following Japan’s announcement on September 23. that border restrictions would be relaxed on October 11, allowing visas to resume. free individual travel.
“A trip to Japan is back on the cards, and with the land of the rising sun preparing to reopen its doors to independent travellers, Australians are more excited than ever to get away from it all,” Galt said. about the data.
In 2019, Japan was the seventh most popular outbound travel destination for Australians. More than half a million Australians then visit the country for an average of two weeks.
Yen weakness should be an added incentive for Australian tourists, with the Australian dollar trading at its highest level in about seven years at around 94 yen to the Australian dollar.