UK not involved in increased global hotel rates in 2011

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Last year hotel rooms around the globe were more costly for travellers with an average 4% increase. However, UK rates were slightly cheaper.

Hotels.com conducted a survey that revealed 69 out of the 88 cities or resorts charged higher prices, especially with cities popular with Britons.

Hotel rates in Amsterdam increased by 9% to £116, and rooms in Venice and Barcelona were up to £137 and £104 showing an increase of 8%.

Visits to Ireland by the Queen and President Obama were said to influence the increase of 7% in Dublin.

The largest riser globally was Ibiza, which was up 39% to £115. Not far behind was Amalifi in Italy up 27% to £183 and Cancun, Mexico also up 27% would cost travellers £124.

Despite a global increase, the rates in UK hotels dropped 1% to £82, although London raised rates by 1% to £115.

David Roche, President of Hotels.com said: “Price volatility in 2011 meant UK travellers found it more expensive to stay in the majority of their favourite destinations abroad.

“A variety of factors, including currency movements and a growth in corporate travel, pushed up prices at a time when many consumers were already struggling to pay their bills at home”.

Destinations in Asia provided the cheapest rates worldwide with a drop of 2% on average. The Arab Spring in Egypt saw drops of 22% and Tunisia experienced a decrease of 9%.

The lowest rates were in Phnom Penh in Cambodia at just £40, whilst the Omani capital of Muscat was exposed as charging the most expensive rates at £219.

On average America rose hotel rates by 3%, but in cities such as San Francisco there was an increase of 14% to £113 and an 11% increase hit Las Vegas to £78.

With many families looking for ways to cut down on spending, expensive hotel rates are not ideal. Therefore, for families looking to avoid accumulating debt on their credit cards on holidays this year a prepaid card could help families budget their holiday spending effectively.

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