Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Despite soaring petrol prices, the domestic touring holiday remains as popular as it was a decade ago, according to the results of the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research. In the 12 months to August 2013, 21% of Australians “toured around by car and discovered things at my own pace” on their last domestic holiday, a similar percentage to a decade ago (20%).

The touring market looks set to stay strong into the future, with 19% of Australians saying that on their next holiday they plan to “tour around by car and discover things at their own pace”. 

Percentage of Australians who “toured around by car” on last domestic holiday


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), September 2002 – August 2013, average annual sample n=12,677

Jane Ianniello, International Director of Tourism, Travel & Leisure, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Although discount domestic airfares have resulted in more Australians flying to their holiday destination and fewer using their car, the hard-core ‘touring’ market remains stable. 

“The touring market enjoys discovering things at its own pace — soaking up the countryside and scenery as well as visiting national parks, historical sites, museums, botanical gardens, parks and wineries.

“The popular image of touring travellers as being solely comprised of retired ‘grey nomads’ is misleading. Although half of the domestic touring market is 50 years or older, the majority are still working full- or part-time (61%), with only 24% retired, 6% looking for work, and the remaining 10% either not working because of home duties or other reasons such as study.

 “Understanding exactly who makes up their target market, and how they prefer to travel, is essential for destination marketers to tailor messages that will motivate these travellers to book a holiday.”

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