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Britons face hotel price increases

4/3/14

By Daniel Machin

British holidaymakers are facing hotel price hikes in more than half of the most popular overseas tourist destinations.

The findings from Hotels.com come despite a general strengthening of the pound against local currencies.

Average prices jumped in 69 out of 116 cities between 2012 and 2013; stayed roughly the same in seven and fell in only 40.

New Orleans in the United States was home to the biggest yearly percentage rise, where a hotel room price shot up by 22% from £120 to £146.

The priciest hotel destinations

The most expensive destination for hotels, meanwhile, was Monte Carlo, where the average price was £198.

Second was Muscat in Oman (£194) followed by New York (£185), Key West in Florida (£171) and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (£167).

Encouragingly for England football fans heading to Brazil for this summer's World Cup, hotel prices in Rio actually fell by 5 per cent last year.

Holidaymakers on the lookout for real bargains, however, should take a trip to Hanoi in Vietnam, where average prices dipped 20% to £39.

Accommodation in Phnom Penh in Cambodia is even cheaper, with prices down 16% to £33 on average.

Unsurprisingly Asian hotels occupied seven of the 10 places in the table listing the least-expensive accommodation destinations.

Krakow in Poland best value in Europe

European hotel prices, on the other hand, were some of those most badly affected by the economic fallout.

Krakow in Poland turned out to be the best-value destination in Europe, with the average price at £62.

"The fact that the eurozone recorded growth for 2013 is evidence that the economic crisis is easing, although not yet completely over," said Kate Hopcraft of Hotels.com.

"Many of the destinations worst hit by the downturn have seen hotel prices stabilise, with some experiencing healthy rises.

"Another phenomenon impacting global hotel prices is the huge rise in the number of sports fans travelling this year, with the Sochi Olympics and Para Olympics in February and March and the World Cup in Brazil."

Closer to home, hotel prices in London increased from £110 in 2012 to £121 on average in 2013.


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