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Biannual Hotel Price Index (HPI) from Shows a 3 Percent Global
Price Increase and Gradual Recovery Despite Natural Catastrophes and World Events

Survey Also Reveals Americans Paid 11 Percent More for European Hotels;
Japanese Travelers Spent the Most on Travel Abroad

DALLAS – September 13, 2011 — Today,®, the leading provider of lodging worldwide, released its biannual Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®), revealing a 3 percent global price increase and a gradual recovery despite major natural catastrophes and world events affecting travel during the first half of the year. Room rates are still lower than their peak in mid-2007, indicating to travelers that good deals and value are within reach for consumers.

The Hotel Price Index (HPI) is a regular survey of hotel prices in major city destinations across the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on and prices shown are those actually paid by customers (rather than advertised rates) for the first half of 2011. The report largely compares prices paid in 2010 with prices paid in 2011. The key findings of the Hotel Price Index:

Influential Factors in American Travel at Home and Abroad

Americans continued to see a weak U.S. dollar compared to other currencies, meaning travel outside the country’s borders was more costly than anticipated. Americans paid an increase of 11 percent at European hotels in 2011 compared to 2010; a 5 percent increase in North America; a 4 percent increase in the Caribbean; and a 1 percent increase in Asia. In addition to the weak currency, 2011 was a year of major natural disasters which greatly affected travel, including major flooding in Nashville, and devastating tornadoes that caused major damage to Minneapolis and Joplin, Missouri. Despite the natural disaster, Joplin’s year-over-year average daily rate increased 3 percent, but time will tell if that will remain constant for the rest of the year. Joplin is the tenth least expensive city in the U.S. according to this year’s HPI.

After the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, travel to the country dropped, even in capital city Tokyo, located 250 miles south of the disaster. Reykjavik, Iceland and Christchurch, New Zealand were also subject to the extraordinary forces of Mother Nature. Massive volcanic ash clouds in Reykjavik and the aftermath of two 6.0+ magnitude earthquakes in Christchurch may have been factors in the 44 percent and 38 percent price rises in each city, respectively. These rises counter the typical trend of lower prices after a natural disaster.

Where are Americans Traveling Internationally?
There has been little change when it comes to the top three most frequented international destinations traveled to by Americans. London, Paris and Rome remain the most popular despite an 11 percent increase in the average daily rate for Americans paying for a hotel in Europe. Our neighbors to the North, Toronto and Vancouver, came in fourth and fifth place. Aside from the top three, European travel from the U.S. continues to centralize around Madrid, Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence, and Venice. Each city moved up one to three spots in the hearts of American tourists.

From Monte Carlo, Monaco to Vieques, Puerto Rico, the top ten most expensive destinations’ daily rates rose, on average, 22 percent year-over-year. Each city on the list cost American travelers more than $350 dollars a night. The city that topped the list, Bora Bora (located in the French Polynesian islands), costs more than double that amount, claiming over $800 a night from American vacationers.

Which Regions Are Growing In Popularity for Americans?
The HPI reveals that Asia is the most up-and-coming region for American travelers. Even though the region experienced a minimal room rate hike of 1 percent, Asian cities have been moving up on the list of the top 50 cities for American travelers.

Beijing moved up 12 spots from 2010 to #20. Bangkok (up 16 spots to #17) and Seoul (up 15 spots to #30) also rapidly gained popularity among U.S. travelers this year.

Hong Kong ranked as the eighth most visited city by Americans in 2011, while other Asian cities including Bangkok (17), Shanghai (18), Beijing (20), Dubai (21) and Singapore(24) ranked in the top 25 most visited international destinations by Americans.

On the other side of the world, Americans paid an average daily rate of $207 in the Caribbean after a four percent increase. Latin American hotel rooms rose two percent in 2011 with rooms costing an average daily rate of $153.

Who are the World’s Biggest Spenders?
Japanese travelers are the new top spenders when traveling abroad, paying an average of $176 per room when they head overseas. Second in line are travelers from Switzerland and Australia, who respectively spend $175 and $172 in other countries. While U.S. travelers have dropped into fourth place, spending an average of $171 per night on hotels overseas, this is still an increase from last year’s average of $160 per night. Americans are more thrifty when booking hotels in the U.S., spending $119 per night. The biggest domestic spenders are from Switzerland, paying an average of $220 in their local hotels. Travelers from India continue to be the lowest domestic spenders, with an average of $92 per room spent on hotels within their borders.

“Despite the gradual upward trend in hotel prices compared to recent bargain basement rates, there are still plenty of great deals for consumers,” said Victor Owens, vice president of marketing North America for “Sales are popping up constantly, especially last-minute sales on desirable locations. There are plenty of cities that still have reduced average hotel rates. Even popular tourist destinations offer deals during the off-peak season.”

Prices Paid at Home and Away


Home Prices Paid (USD Per Room)

Away Prices Paid (USD Per Room)


Home Prices Paid (USD Per Room)

Away Prices Paid (USD Per Room)

1. Japan



11. Austria



2. Switzerland



12. Portugal



3. Australia



13. S. Korea



4. USA



14. Ireland



5. Norway



15. Denmark



6. Russia



16. Canada



7. Sweden



17. Spain
& Canary Islands



8. China



18. New Zealand



9. United Kingdom



19. India



10. Brazil



20. Italy



The 10 Most Expensive U. S. Cities (DMA)*






1. New York City





2. Honolulu





3. Boston





4. Miami





5. New Orleans





6. Washington, D.C.




7. Panama City





8. Santa Barbara





9. Anchorage





10. Idaho Falls





Americans’ Top 20 Favorite International Cities

1. London

2. Paris

3. Rome

4. Toronto

5. Vancouver

6. Barcelona

7. Montreal

8. Hong Kong

9. Madrid

10. Cancun

11. Amsterdam

12. Florence

13. Venice

14. San Juan

15. Niagara Falls

16. Dublin

17. Bangkok

18. Shanghai

19. Prague

20. Beijing

*Data includes city and its surrounding areas.

For the full report, featuring infographics, detailed maps, and a city-by-city breakdown, visit:

About the HPI
The HPI tracks the real prices paid per room by customers around the world using a weighted average based on the number of rooms sold in each of the markets that operates. The index started in 2004, and includes all bookings across all-star ratings across the approximately 140,000 properties in the more than 18,000 global locations that make up the sample set of hotels from which prices are taken.

About® is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering almost 140,000 properties in over 60 countries from national chain hotels and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts. is the smarter way to book travel by offering welcomerewards®, an industry leading loyalty rewards program; the real opinions of other travelers captured in over 1.5 million Guest Reviews and; a Price Match Guarantee, so that those booking with can be assured they are getting the best deal, either online or by speaking directly to a travel expert at 1-800-2-HOTELS 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE). Follow us on Facebook at and Twitter via or visit the Travel Smart Blog for consumer and business travel information. Get clayed at Detailed Hotel Price Index data is available at:,, A Smarter Way to Book™., Hotel Price Index, HPI and the logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of, LP. Other logos or products and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners © 2011, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50


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Taylor L. Cole, APR North America
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