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Auckland rates as number one travel spot for Kiwis

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Auckland rates as number one travel spot for Kiwis

Wotif.com announces top ten New Zealand and international destinations of 2004

Auckland - 13 January 2005, Wotif.com ( www.wotif.com ), New Zealand's leading last-minute accommodation website, reveals Kiwis' favourite travel destinations for 2004 with Auckland topping the list followed by Wellington, Christchurch and key regional destinations.

Whilst the major business destinations dominate the top of the list, the regional destinations associated with leisure travel all recorded significant increases on 2003, with the strongest growth seen in the Bay of Islands, Lake Taupo, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty. New to the list were Palmerston North and New Plymouth making their debut entries.

Overall the North Island came out on top during 2004 recording 77.2% of all bookings compared with 22.8% for the South Island.

Top Ten Kiwi Destinations in 2004

1. Auckland

2. Wellington

3. Christchurch

4. Queenstown

5. Rotorua

6. Hamilton

7. Taupo

8. Dunedin

9. Palmerston North

10. New Plymouth

Tania Witheford, Wotif.com New Zealand Manager comments: "We are thrilled by the incredible increase we have seen in domestic travel in 2004. We know that an increasing number of business travellers are using our site to secure best value last-minute accommodation deals, which accounts for the large increases in the CBDs."

"We are also excited by the vast growth in the leisure destinations. Kiwis have clearly adopted last-minute travel and are reaping the benefits of using our site to spontaneously take a break and get away from it all. We will continue to offer value-packed accommodation deals to entice more people who wish to take a breather from their busy routines."

Top Ten International Destinations

1. Australia

2. United Kingdom

3. Singapore

4. France

5. Hong Kong

6. Italy

7. USA

8. Spain

9. Malaysia

10. Thailand

Tania Witheford continues: "Our growth in the overseas markets has been phenomenal, showing that our decision to operate in these regions and offer competitively priced last-minute accommodation has been well received. It is no surprise to see Australia at the top of the list, as the increasing frequency of low cost carriers operating across the Trans Tasman continues to make last-minute travel to Australia even easier and more affordable for New Zealanders. We will continue to expand our product range on a global basis, offering value, convenience and trust for travellers wishing to book last-minute accommodation."

The top ten New Zealand and international destinations lists have been compiled from customer bookings made from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2004. Wotif.com records over one million user sessions and 100,000+ accommodation bookings per month.

Travellers can book accommodation via the Internet ( www.wotif.com ) or by phoning Wotif.com's Customer Service Centre on 0800 441 092 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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About Wotif.com

Founded in 2000, Wotif.com ( www.wotif.com ) is the global specialist in last-minute accommodation. Its easy-to-use website and booking engine offers travellers value for money, by selling vacant rooms at discounted rates in the next 14 days. Wotif.com's portfolio includes over 6000 hotels, motels, serviced apartments, resorts, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts in 36 countries.

Wotif.com's New Zealand office is located in Auckland and its properties can be booked online or through its call centre which operates a superior and personable customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from its Australian headquarters. International offices of Wotif.com are based in Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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