More Britons need travel insurance for Australia, report hints

British holidaymakers have been travelling to Australia on a more regular basis, according to new research, many of whom would have bought travel insurance for their trips.

Sydney has witnessed a 25 per cent increase in visitors since last winter, while Melbourne has seen 140 per cent more British tourists than the winter of 2005-06, Barclays Travel Insurance suggests.

The insurance company also indicates that Britons in Melbourne spend 178 per cent more than they did last year, which would have added to the cost of their trip insurance.

Mark Till, marketing director for Barclays Insurance, remarked: “Long-haul breaks seem to be becoming increasingly popular with British holidaymakers over the Christmas and new year period.

“Flights are getting cheaper and Brits are prepared to trek further for the chance of some proper winter sunshine.”

He added that travel insurance customers were also encouraged to head to Australia by the lure of the Ashes cricket series, while many decided to head down under in light of a late-starting ski season.

As well as travel insurance, Barclays offers motor insurance, health insurance and home insurance.

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