Holiday travel popular as ever

A CHRISTMAS venture overseas is still a reality for travellers despite many Australian tourists already finalising their holiday preperations.

A boom period for the travel industry, the Christmas holidays are not out of reach for the last-minute traveller, with bargain hunters still able to secure a value for money deal.

Flight Centre Limited global marketing manager Colin Bowman said there were still plenty of great packages available for people to enjoy outside the peak Boxing Day to New Years Day period.

"With just two months to go to until the peak season, interest has been keen in the traditional international and domestic holiday hotspots," Mr Bowman said.

"While you can still book an airfare or room across the Boxing Day to New Year period, there are much cheaper options available in mid December or early in January.

"The best advice we have for travellers is to lock in a deal now, given that this is traditionally the busiest time of the year.

"We have seen a significant increase in travel enquires for the Christmas period in recent weeks and flights are filling fast, so we are encouraging people to book now to secure a break in December or January."

Destinations proving popular this Christmas include Thailand, Bali, Malaysia and New Zealand, while the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Queensland Islands remain top of the list for those who want a break close-to-home.

See below for a list of holidays ideas, available at Flight Centre.

SUNSHINE COAST

Stay three nights in Mooloolaba from $195* per person twin share.

This deal includes three nights' accommodation at the 4-star Mantra Mooloolaba Beach in a One Bedroom Apartment.

The deal is valid for travel from December 1 to 16, 2011 and from January 28 to March 22, 2012. It is valid for sale until March 1, 2012.

GOLD COAST

Stay three nights in Surfers Paradise from $169* per person twin share.

This deal includes three nights' accommodation at the 4.5-star Watermark Hotel and Spa in a Superior Room, plus a bonus $25 L'Aqua day spa gift certificate and Watermark dining currency.

The deal is valid for travel from December 1 and 24 and from January 15 to March 31, 2012.

It is valid for sale until March 1, 2012.

BALI

Stay four nights in Legian from $329* per person twin share.

This deal includes four nights' accommodation at the 4-star Ramada Resort Camakila Bali in a Deluxe Room and breakfast daily.

The deal is valid for travel from December 1 to 15, 2011 and from January 5 to March 30, 2012. It is valid for sale until October 31, 2011.

VANUATU

Stay four nights in Vanuatu from $479* per person twin share.

This deal includes four nights accommodation at the 4-star Mangoes Resort & Restaurant in a Garden View Bungalow, breakfast daily and return airport transfers by coach.

The deal is valid for travel from December 1 to 29, 2011 and from January 7 to March 31, 2012.

It is valid for sale until October 31, 2011 unless sold out prior.

FIJI

Stay three nights in Fiji from just $429* per person twin share.

This deal includes three nights' accommodation at the 5-star Outrigger on the Lagoon in a Superior Resort View room and return airport transfers by coach.

Honeymooners receive a free his and hers Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji Sulus and Fijian gift.

Kids under 13 years stay and eat for free when sharing with adults.

The deal is valid for travel from December 1 until March 31, 2012.

It is valid for sale until October 31, 2011 unless sold out prior.

NEW YORK 

Stay five nights in New York from $765* per person twin share.

This deal includes five nights accommodation at the 4-star Grand Hyatt New York in a Standard room and return airport transfers by coach.

The deal is valid for travel from January 2 to 23 and from February 1 to 29, 2012.

It is valid for sale until October 31, 2011 unless sold out prior.

RETURN FLIGHTS...

Fly to Thailand from $1302* per person, including taxes.

Fly to Bali from $831* per person, including taxes.

Fly to Fiji from 762* per person, including taxes.

Fly to the Gold Coast from $288* per person, including taxes.

Fly to Melbourne from $190* per person, including taxes.

*Prices departing Sydney and valid for travel after January 9, 2012.



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