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The cities where Aussies will splurge on accommodation

Spending big in the USA? A-Okay

Australian travellers are renowned for being big spenders. But where do Aussies really fork out the dough when it comes to hotels?


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According to the latest Hotel Price Index from, the Big Apple, New York, gets the biggest slice of the accommodation budget pie, with Australian visitors paying an average $332 per room night in the first half of 2015, a 5% increase on the same period in 2014.


Cancun, Mexico finished just behind NYC, with Aussies paying $331 per night (+13%), while the US cities of Boston ($328), Honolulu ($299) and San Francisco ($289) were all beneficiaries of our deeper pockets.


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The places where room rates paid increased the most for Australian travellers in H1 2015 were predominately in Asia, with Beijing topping the list at $173 per night (+34%), and Bangkok ($107, +23%), Shanghai ($177, +23%), Koh Samui ($174, +22%), Abu Dhabi ($192, +21%) and Delhi ($146, +20%) all attracting more Aussie dollars.


Accommodation spend in Orlando ($172) and Los Angeles ($268) also rose significantly, by 27% and 20% respectively.  


In Europe, hotel prices paid generally fell, with Moscow experiencing the biggest decline ($149, -41%) per night, followed by Istanbul, which fell ($154, -10%). Prices paid in Berlin and Nice also decreased 8% to $147 and $223 respectively per night.


Domestically, we paid the most for accommodation in the Whitsunday Islands ($244), followed by Sydney ($208), Port Douglas ($200) and the Sunshine Coast ($193).


The HPI takes into account bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the websites worldwide.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 2 September 2015

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