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Corporate Travelers Embrace Regional Airports to Evade Taylor Swift's Tour Surge, Optimize Travel Costs, and Experience Hassle-Free JourneysIn an ingenious maneuver, corporate travellers are increasingly charting their paths towards regional airstrips, sidestepping the heightened hustle and sky-high tariffs at Australia’s major urban gateways during Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated Eras Tour. This strategic pivot promises substantial savings and a respite from the seasonal swarm at Sydney and Melbourne’s bustling portals.

The influx into alternative hubs such as Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, and Geelong (Avalon Airport) is not just a trickle but a tidal wave, as indicated by Flight Centre Travel Group’s Corporate Traveller division data. These locales have seen a dramatic booking surge, with figures during the concert periods starkly outperforming those from the previous year. For instance, Port Macquarie witnessed a whopping 250% increase in bookings, while Geelong experienced a 140% rise, showcasing an unprecedented redistribution of travel patterns.

Corporate Traveller’s Australian-based Global Managing Director, Tom Walley, illuminates this trend, highlighting the significant shift in bookings away from Sydney and Melbourne amidst the Eras Tour. This redistribution underscores a broader strategy by savvy corporate voyagers to mitigate the impact of significant events on travel costs and convenience. Walley’s insights reveal a tactical adjustment and a proactive approach to maintaining the rhythm of business travel against the backdrop of peak demand periods.

Moreover, the geographical spread of travellers venturing into these regional havens is vast, from Adelaide to Brisbane and Perth, alongside a notable influx from Canberra, Cairns, Townsville, and Mackay. Sydney residents, in particular, are flocking to Victorian regions, signalling a broad-based endorsement of this travel hack.

The narrative here transcends mere numbers; it’s about the resilience and adaptability of corporate travellers in the face of logistical and financial adversities. The strategic shift to regional airports is a testament to their determination to continue essential travel without succumbing to the pressures of peak season pitfalls.

As the corporate world navigates this shift, it’s clear that the relationship between major events like the Eras Tour and business travel is evolving. Corporate Traveller’s role in facilitating this transition, offering recommendations that blend efficiency with economy, is pivotal. The end of February may mark the conclusion of Swift’s tour, but it also heralds a new chapter in how corporate travel adapts to and overcomes the challenges posed by large-scale events.

This trend is not just about avoiding the “cruel summer” of crowded airports but embracing a more innovative, sustainable approach to business travel. As corporate travellers increasingly “shake off” the conventional, opting for the road less travelled becomes not just an alternative but a preferred route to success.




Written by: Charmaine Lu