Flight Centre’s Year in Travel for 2023 revealed

Travel didn’t just return in 2023; it ran riot with revenge, record revenue for some and a bottomless pile of work for others. And who’d want it any other way after a lean spell no one would like to see repeated.

It was no different over at travel giant Flight Centre, which has just released its comprehensive Year in Travel review for 2023. So where did Aussie Flight Centre customers travel most in 2023? Here’s a wrap of the most booked spots.

Top Global Destinations in 2023

  1. Melbourne 
  2. Sydney 
  3. Brisbane 
  4. London 
  5. Bali 
  6. Gold Coast 
  7. Perth 
  8. Singapore 
  9. Adelaide  
  10. Auckland 

Top international flight destinations (32 per cent of bookings)  

  1. London 
  2. Bali 
  3. Singapore 
  4. Auckland 
  5. Fiji 
  6. Tokyo 
  7. Athens 
  8. Rome 
  9. Paris 
  10. Bangkok 

Top domestic flight destinations (68 per cent of bookings) 

  1. Melbourne 
  2. Sydney 
  3. Brisbane 
  4. Gold Coast 
  5. Perth 
  6. Adelaide 
  7. Cairns 
  8. Hobart 
  9. Darwin 
  10. Sunshine Coast 

Booking highlights

Predictably, travel bookings in 2023 were unpredictable. But here are some of Flight Centre’s standout stats in a year full of standout stats:

  • $500,000 was the biggest single in-store transaction – for a family of five holidaying in Bermuda flying first class
  • $312,647 was the biggest cruise booking – most likely for someone enjoying an extended sojourn at sea in modest lodgings than in a presidential cabin
  • $113,956 was the biggest domestic hotel booking 
  • $81,350 was the biggest overseas hotel booking
  • The largest booking was for a group of 40 people travelling to Adelaide
  • The average hotel stay was 6 days, but the longest stay was a hotel booking for just over a year (367 days)
  • In Australia, FLT sold 1,401,041 flights, of which 20 per cent were one way
  • 55 per cent of all FLT flight bookings were booked online
  • FLT booked flights for 3,168 babies (and their parents/guardians of course) 
  • FLT reserved 7,533 rental cars
  • The Northernmost destination booked by Flight Centre customers was Longyearbyen on the Norwegian island of Svalbard
  • The Southernmost destination our customers visited was Ushuaia, capital of the Tierra del Fuego region in southern Argentina
  • The most complex, “complex air” booking was for a flight itinerary with 13 legs – from Brisbane to Sydney then on to Santiago (Chile), Cusco (Peru) and back to Santiago before heading to Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires, the travellers then flew to Rio de Janeiro and on to London, Lisbon, Casablanca, Doha and Bangkok before returning to Sydney and back to Brisbane
  • 94 per cent of customers opted for a standard tier of insurance, while only 6 per cent opted for full peace of mind and took out platinum or gold cover
  • The destination with the most bang for buck in 2023 was Japan, where one Australian dollar bought an average of around ¥95.14. The Aussie dollar also fared well against the South Africa rand [R11.95 = A$1], Norway’s krone [6.97 kr = A$1], Sweden’s krona [6.95 kr = A$1] and the South Korean won [₩861 = A$1].
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What’s hot for 2024?

Flight Centre also predicted Aussies travellers’ top spots for 2024? Behind London, it forecasts these destinations to have a great year among Aussies.

  1. Singapore 
  2. Bali 
  3. Auckland 
  4. Fiji 
  5. Hawaii 
  6. Tokyo
  7. Dubai 
  8. Phuket 
  9. Bangkok 
  10. Rome

Earlier this year, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) reported a strong FY23 result, underpinned by a more than two-fold increase in total sales, with its leisure and corporate arms delivering more than $10 billion each in annual total transaction value (TTV) for the first time.

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