As I sit here in the damp cold of San Francisco, watching Oprah roar on the sunny steps of the Sydney Opera House makes me want to jump on a jet to summertime in Sydney.
I imagine plenty of other Americans feel the same way, so get ready for a big bump in trips between here and the land down under over the next year. Online news sources report that Australian tourism officials paid Oprah $4-$5 million to come to Australia. Oprah’s company, Harpo Productions says that it will spend nearly $7 million on transportation and production of a series of shows.
“Let me just tell you — this is the truth: It is immeasurable what four hours of a love festival about your country, broadcast in 145 countries around the world, can do,” she said in a AFP article, referring to her legendary selling power.”Aren’t you glad I liked it?”
Average round trip fares from SFO to Sydney usually hover around $1200-$1500 round trip. During promotional periods, or during the Australian winter, you can frequently find fares that dip below $1000. Business class runs $6000-$8000 round trip.