Vietnam ranks third on Aussie list of best value destinations

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Vietnam ranks third on the list of top ten destinations for the increasing number of Australians travelling abroad following an increase in value of the Australian dollar against the local currency, The Daily Examiner has reported.

The Australian daily newspaper last week quoted the list of top ten best-value destinations revealed by online travel company Expedia.

It also cited the National Australia Bank as saying that the Australian dollar had climbed 16 percent against the Vietnamese dong over a 12-month period.

Vietnam is considered  a short-haul favorite for tropical beach breaks, the newspaper said.

Over the past 12 months the number of Australian Internet searches on Expedia for Vietnam has increased by 73 percent, it added.

Many other countries are also seeing increases in the Australian dollar against their currencies.

Amee Evans, marketing manager for Expedia Australia and New Zealand, was quoted as saying that Australian currency is at "near-record highs" against many of the world's major and minor currencies, including the US dollar.

In fact, the US, which is always on the most loved destination list for Aussies, ranked eighth with the currency increase of ten percent, the newspaper said. Turkey topped the list with the Australian dollar soaring 20 percent against the Turkish Lira, it said.

Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that overseas departures are at near-record highs, up more than 10 percent in the first seven months of the year over the same period last year.

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