Sports fans want easier trans-Tasman travel | The Insight Files |

Australians and New Zealanders have cited travel costs and time as barriers to crossing the Tasman for sporting events. They have revealed a desire for faster, cheaper travel across the ditch in order to make attending sporting events easier. The research has come from the Tourism and Transport Forum and Tourism Industry Association, which reveals that one-third of trans-Tasman travel is by those heading to a major event, with the majority watching a sporting fixture. However, out of those polled, two-thirds said they would be more likely to travel if the journey time was shorter. According to the survey, the most popular sports to travel for were rugby union, cricket and rugby league, all codes where there is a strong rivalry between the two nations. The Australians surveyed said that a quicker trip would make a significant difference in willingness to travel to sporting events, which could be achieved by reducing unnecessary queues both leaving and entering the two countries.