ANZ has issued a “emergency travel advisory” for Christmas, with Australia expected to see a significant increase in the number of travellers coming into the country.
The warning comes in response to a surge in holidaymakers visiting Australia’s Christmas markets.
The notice warns people to avoid crowds of people in tourist areas, especially in areas with high concentrations of foreign nationals.
“We are warning of a possible increased number of people coming to Australia on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and of the increased risks of terrorism and crime in the communities they are visiting,” ANZ Chief Economist Mark Thompson said in a statement.
“Australians are urged to monitor their holiday travel plans and avoid the temptation to travel on holidays that they cannot possibly afford.”
Auckland’s CBD is expected to be the biggest hotspot for people travelling to Australia, with more than 50,000 people expected to arrive by Christmas.
The city’s Christmas Market will be busy for the next several weeks with hundreds of thousands of tourists expected to visit.
The peak season for Christmas is typically the first weekend of January, but it is expected many of those people will be in the city for the holiday.
Auckland Christmas Market manager David D’Agostino said people were staying away from busy areas like the CBD and surrounding areas and were focusing on Christmas markets like the one in Auckland.
“The peak of demand has passed,” Mr D’AGOSTINO said.
“Christmas is an exciting time of year for everyone, but there is no place like home for a Christmas celebration and so we are taking precautions.”
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