Video: Positive Sign for Hotel Industry
Interview with Hotels.com president David Roche
Las Vegas topped the list of top five most popular domestic destinations for the second time this year, with New York, Orlando, Chicago and San Francisco following close behind. Popular cities for international travelers include New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando and Los Angeles."We're seeing travel bookings pick up around the world," said Victor Owens, vice president of marketing, North America for Hotels.com. "It's stimulating to see not only the breadth of travel both domestic and international, but also the steady rise in hotel prices which is helping reinvigorate the industry. There are, of course, still deals to be had, especially in international destinations like Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Reykjavik which each saw a major drop in hotel prices during the first half of 2010." Click http://www.hotel-price-index.com for a look at the entire report, featuring infographics and a detailed state-by-state and city-by-city breakdown. Key Findings and Report Highlights: Some of the greatest price rises for rooms among the world's top cities in the second quarter of 2010 versus the second quarter 2009 were tied to major events for films, including: film festival famous Cannes (60%); Eat Pray Love locale Bali (57%) and World Cup host Cape Town (53%). More travelers are hitting the road in style during the first half of 2010, and they did it for less. A host of cities around the world saw average prices for top-end rooms drop over a tenth, making luxury in these cities a far more attractive proposition for travelers. Domestically, a 5-star hotel dropped 13 percent in Orlando ($259-$225) and San Francisco ($323-$280). U.S. residents with the travel bug have been hitting up capitals around the world, including London, Paris and Rome. Chicago's rates have stayed steady with an average room rate of $137, making it ideal for business travelers and one of the best locations for meeting planners to book their next event. The Big Apple was the most expensive domestic city of those tracked in the global list; but, U.S. and overseas travelers continued to flock to NYC. Prices averaged $224 per room per night during Q2 2010 – an increase of 14 percent compared to 2009. A Gradual return of business travel and an increase in domestic travel fuelled this rise. The biggest loser is Abu Dhabi, which fell by 46 percent between Q2 2009 and Q2 2010. This means a hotel room that would have cost a U.S. traveler $304 during the first six months of 2009 cost a traveler just $163 this year – a drop of $141. This was fuelled by various factors, including a growth in the number of rooms, as new hotels opened, and a drop in the number of corporate travelers visiting the Emirate, due to the economic situation. This influential city of commerce was affected by the fall of international business travel, as was its larger neighbor, Dubai, which saw a 10% decrease in hotel room prices.