Domestic tourism in New Zealand seems to show promising early signs, according to new data released by Airbnb.
With a warning of COVID-19 level 2 that allows for domestic travel, there has been a huge surge in domestic bookings on the accommodation booking website over the past week.
Some of the more famous Aotearoa destinations such as Queenstown, Taupo and Northland recorded even more domestic bookings than in the same week in 2019.
Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington also showed strong month-on-month increases, compared with 2019.
Domestic bookings on Airbnb increased 15 times from the previous week when compared to the same week last month.
New Zealand bookings on Airbnb have recovered up to 85 percent of pre-COVID levels, compared to the same week in 2019, the website said.
Data also shows that people did not stretch their bubbles too far, with more than 55 percent of bookings located within 320 km of residents’ homes, and 16 percent choosing locations that are less than 80 km away.
In addition, those who haven’t ordered seem to be searching. There have been more than 790,000 total searches on Aoteaora over the past week, up 70 percent since the country moved to level 2.
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