According to a recent report, hotels in the upscale resort area charged travelers from the U.S. the highest average nightly rates in Asia last year — US$201 — an 11 % increase from 2009.
Of course, in 2009, the time of the global financial crisis, prices dropped dramatically. One place whose hotels recovered dramatically from that 2009 drop was Singapore: Daily rates averaged $198 last year, up 33% from 2009, though still a bit short of their $201 average of 2008.
The study, by hotels.com, is based on 18,304 online bookings made and paid for by U.S. travelers and covers the range of accommodations from budget to five-star.
Prices in Bali, Indonesia were high, too: The resort area’s hotels charged U.S. tourists an average $188 a night, up 35% — a jump the study attributed largely to the island’s use as a setting for the 2010 feature film
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Looking at the below comparison i'm not sure what this review is based on. It seems that Langkawi will be on the top list for the most expensive pays per night compared to australia, singapore or even Bali.Well, if they compared with Datai or Andaman or Tanjung Rhu or 4 Season maybe they're right. I think it should cover or take other hotels as a whole not selectively.
“Eat, Pray, Love,” starring Julia Roberts.
On average, room rates in Asia were up 4%, to $145. That takes in the 19% rise in China, to $118; the 17% rise in Malaysia, to $148; and the 10% rise in South Korea, to $149.
They all look cheap beside what U.S. visitors to French Polynesia’s Bora Bora paid for a room last year: almost US$606 a night on average, the highest in the world. By comparison, hotels in Italy cost an average $185 a night; in France, $191.
“International travel for U.S. travelers has historically been to destinations such as Europe and Canada,” says Miguel Oliveira, hotels.com director of global merchandising strategies. “In the past two years, we’ve noticed a steady increase of U.S. travelers to Asia, and a subsequent increase in Asia’s room rates.”
Not all cities in Asia experienced an increase in rates in 2010. In Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, prices fell 16% to US$132. Jaipur, India, hotels dropped nightly rates by 9% to US$112; and in Osaka, Japan, hotels charged, on average, $126 in 2010, or 16% less than in 2009. Hotels.com, based in Dallas, Texas, didn’t speculate on the reasons.
A list of the average rates paid by U.S. travelers on hotels.com follows:
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