Top European destinations more expensive for cash strapped Brits in 2016

  • Global hotel prices paid by travellers worldwide remained steady in 2016, according to latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com
  • However, Brits paid more for hotel rooms in 90% of their 100 most popular international destinations in 2016 when compared to 2015 – including favourite European retreats
  • Paris most popular destination for Brits in 2016

 

LONDON 7th MARCH – Even with several major political shifts and currency fluctuations around the world in 2016, travellers fared reasonably well with average nightly hotel prices unchanged globally from 2015, as reported in the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™. The global Index sat at 114 for 2016 for the third year. North America and the Caribbean were the only regions to have slight average price increases (both up 1%) throughout 2016, but the other regions’ declines tempered the overall global picture.

However, the news was not as positive for Brits. Due in part to the Pound falling to a six-year low against most major currencies, HPI data shows that UK travellers paid* more for their hotel rooms overseas in 90% of their 100 most popular international destinations in 2016, compared with 2015.

Among the cities analysed in the latest HPI the average price paid by Brits for a room in 2016 at top outbound destinations was £100, compared to £92 the year before. Many of these increases affected travellers to Europe, with top cities including Dublin (from £95 to £114), Barcelona (from £97 to £112) and Reykjavik (from £96 to £130) all showing significant price increases from the previous year.

Selected European destinations that saw significant price increases in 2016

CITY Rank in top 100 hotels in 2016 Price paid by Brits in 2016 Price paid by Brits in 2015 Percentage increase YoY
Dublin 4 114 95 21%
Barcelona 6 112 97 16%
Madrid 15 92 82 13%
Tenerife 16 112 99 13%
Copenhagen 18 124 107 16%
Stockholm 21 120 106 14%
Lisbon 31 89 78 14%
Lanzarote 40 97 78 24%
Gran Canaria 43 103 82 26%
Reykjavik 44 130 96 35%
Dusseldorf 47 110 88 24%
Santorini 62 142 121 18%
Marbella 65 138 119 16%
Malaga 77 83 69 19%
Cork 83 92 74 24%

 

Despite increases in global prices for British travellers, Brits continued to travel to all corners of the globe. The 10 most popular destinations in 2016 included New York, Bangkok and Dubai. Interestingly, Paris topped the list as the most popular destination for Brits last year. The United States, Spain and France ranked as the top three countries Brits most visited last year.

Most popular city destinations in 2016:

1.       Paris
2.       Amsterdam
3.       New York
4.       Dublin
5.       Berlin
6.       Barcelona
7.       Rome
8.       Bangkok
9.       Dubai
10.   Mallorca

 

Isabelle Pinson, Vice President, EMEA for Hotels.com brand, commented: “While the British Pound didn’t stretch as far in 2016 compared to 2015, that clearly hasn’t stopped UK travellers from spreading their wings rather than burrowing in until the currency’s fortunes improve. Fortunately, there was no shortage of worldwide destinations ready to offer them excellent value for money.”

 

Destinations where travellers paid the most/least in 2016:

Looking at the 100 most popular global cities Brits travelled to in 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, was the city where Brits spent the most on average for accommodation, pricing at £195 per night. This was followed closely by New York (£194) and San Francisco (£178).  Meanwhile, some of the best value accommodation was to be found in Asia where Brits paid as little as £33 on average for a hotel room (Pattaya).

Popular cities where Brits paid the most in 2016 (country data available):

City Rank in the top 100 destinations Average price 2016 (£) Increase in average price in 2015
New York 3 194 7%
Dubai 9 145 1%
San Francisco 23 178 6%
Miami 42 157 1%
Marbella 65 138 16%
Boston 75 195 -2%
Washington 76 165 12%
Los Angeles 79 143 12%
Tel Aviv 85 144 2%
Geneva 87 160 11%

 

Popular cities where Brits paid the least in 2016 (country data available):

City Country Rank in the top 100 destinations Average price 2016 (£) Increase in average price in 2015
Bangkok Thailand 8 56 3%
Pattaya Thailand 20 33 -3%
Krakow Poland 34 62 9%
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 35 59 -6%
Istanbul Turkey 36 58 -23%
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 61 55 12%
Chiang Mai Thailand 67 40 8%
Hanoi Vietnam 73 42 4%
Riga Latvia 89 58 9%
Siem Reap Cambodia 92 43 -1%

 

Please visit hpi.hotels.com/uk-2016 for more information and to view reports in additional currencies.

 

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About the Hotel Price (HPI) Index
The HPI is an annual report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid* for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.

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*Average prices paid per night inclusive of taxes and fees.

 

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