Aussies’ soft spot for Bali continues

  • Latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com reveals Aussies’ love for Asian hotspots last year
  • The weakening Australian dollar did little to deter Aussies from the US in 2015

SYDNEY, 5 February 2016: The latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™ has revealed Aussie travellers continued their long love affair with Bali in 2015, with Indonesia’s tropical paradise ranked as the most popular international holiday destination for Australians last year.

The Hotels.com data also revealed a resurgence in the popularity of Thailand, with the southern beach resort of Phuket and the capital, Bangkok, both creeping up in the top 10 leader board of the most popular international destinations for Aussie travellers in 2015.

Despite the weakening Aussie dollar, the US cities of New York, Honolulu and Las Vegas made the top ten, with New York ranking as the second most popular destination for two years in a row. Las Vegas also re-entered the list and claimed tenth spot after falling off in 2014.

Meanwhile, Singapore held its position as the third most popular international destination for Australians for a third year running, while London moved down a spot from 2014 to fifth position. Both Hong Kong and Tokyo slipped back in 2015 to the eighth and ninth most popular international destinations respectively.

The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.

Commenting on the latest figures, Katherine Cole, Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand & Singapore for the Hotels.com brand, said: “From north to south of the Equator, Aussies love to travel, and 2015 was a year where they travelled the globe, creating new international travel trends. While hot spots in Asia feature in the list where Aussies continued to get more bang for their buck, little deterred our love affair with the United States.”

“To ensure Aussies make the most of international travel, Hotels.com Rewards™ is the industry leading loyalty rewards program where travellers stay for 10 nights to get 1 free. The Hotels.com mobile app will also come in handy while travelling with a wide range of hotels in all corners of the globe available at the touch of your screen on the go,” said Ms Cole.

Top 10 international destinations for Australian travellers:

Rank 2015 2014
1 Bali Bali
2 New York New York
3 Singapore Singapore
4 Phuket London
5 London Tokyo
6 Honolulu Hong Kong
7 Bangkok Honolulu
8 Hong Kong Patong
9 Tokyo Paris
10 Las Vegas Bangkok

For Aussies planning on travelling to one of the nation’s top four much-loved international destinations, Hotels.com has rounded up some of the best deals to get you there:

Bali

It’s easy to see why Bali was Aussies’ number one international holiday destination last year. This magical paradise is home to some of the world best beaches, top-notch restaurants and cultural activities. From relaxing by the pool in your own private villa, mountain bike riding through the tranquil hills of Ubud, or visiting the endless bars and nightclubs in Seminyak, Bali has something for everyone.

Rooms at Wapa Di Ume Resort, Ubud, 4** start at AU $203 per room per night*. To book a stay visit: https://au.hotels.com/ho223645/wapa-di-ume-resort-ubud-indonesia/

New York

It’s not by chance ‘The Big Apple’ is known as one of the greatest cities in the world. With endless attractions including Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central station, you’ll be visiting some of the world’s greatest landmarks all in one spot. Stroll along the High Line above Manhattan’s West Side, indulge in a spot of shopping down Madison Avenue, or treat yourself to a delicious slice of pizza at the infamous Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn.

Rooms at Millennium Broadway Hotel – Times Square, New York, 4** start at AU $225 per room per night*. To book a stay visit: https://au.hotels.com/ho150387/millennium-broadway-hotel-times-square-new-york-united-states-of-america/

Singapore

Singapore may be one of the world’s best shopping and dining destinations, but don’t let that fool you. There’s a lot more to the place so take time to explore the Botanic Gardens alongside groups practising Tai Chi, catch a bird’s eye view from the Singapore Flyer or soak up the rich culture at Thian Hock Keng, one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore.

Rooms at Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore, 4** start at AU $164 per room per night*. To book a stay visit: https://au.hotels.com/ho477997/park-hotel-clarke-quay-singapore-singapore/

Phuket

Known for its picturesque beaches and buzzing nightlife, it’s no wonder Phuket is a favourite destination for Aussies. The city is filled with an abundance of attractions from historic temples to bustling markets, and high-end restaurants and shops. With the option to spend your holiday relaxing poolside and pampering yourself, or embracing adventure by scuba diving, snorkelling or trekking through Phuket’s beautiful rainforests, Phuket definitely won’t disappoint.

Rooms at Grand Mercure Phuket Patong, 5** start at AU $229 per room per night*. To book a stay visit: https://au.hotels.com/ho448604/grand-mercure-phuket-patong-patong-thailand/

*Free night does not include taxes and fees. See here https://au.hotels.com/hotel-rewards-pillar/hotelscomrewards.html for full terms and conditions.

**Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per double room per night and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are valid as of 3rd of February, 2016. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit https://au.hotels.com/ for full terms and conditions.