Hotel Room Costs Same as 7 Years ago

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Average Hotel Price Mirrors Slow Economic Recovery Rising Just 2% in 2010

LONDON, March 21, 2011 - The average cost of a hotel room around the world rose 2% in 2010,
according to the Hotel Price Index(TM) (HPI(R)).

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The increase was the first time that the average hotel room price rose
year-on-year since 2007.

However, prices fell so low during 2009 after a 13% drop that despite
last year's modest increase, the average price of a room is still the same
now as it was in 2004.

While prices in all regions were either flat or down year-on-year in the
first half of 2010, the average annual price went up 1% in Latin America and
the Caribbean, 2% in North America and had stabilised in Europe.

However, despite declining 2%, the average price of a hotel room in Asia
was still 15% higher than when the Hotel Price Index began in 2004.

David Roche, President of, comments: "After the worst trading
conditions most in the market had seen, the 2010 story shows a market in

"However, since the fall was so prolonged and steep, guests were still
roughly paying for a hotel night what they would have done six or seven years

"Whilst the high volume of promotions we saw in the depth of the crisis
has dried up somewhat, there are still deals to be had."

The HPI is based on bookings made on and tracks the
real prices paid per hotel room (rather than advertised rates) for 110,000
hotels across more than 18,000 locations around the world. The latest HPI
looks at prices in 2010 compared to those in 2009.

          For a full copy of the HPI report (live from 05:00 hrs GMT 21
                             March 2011) go to:

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