The latest Hotels.com® Hotel Price IndexTM (HPI®) shows Aussie holidaymakers are continuing their long love affair with Bali, with the Indonesian island paradise ranking as the most popular international holiday destination for Australians in 2014.
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The Hotels.com data also revealed a resurgence in the popularity of Thailand, with the west-coast beach town of Patong and the Thai capital, Bangkok, both landing up among the top 10 most popular international destinations for Aussie travellers.
Meanwhile Singapore held its position as the third most popular international destination for Australians, while Tokyo moved up two spots to fifth position followed by Hong Kong.
Thanks in part to a weaker Aussie/US Dollar exchange rate in 2014, the resurging popularity of Asia has largely come at the cost of US destinations. New York and Honolulu were the only two US destinations to make it to the top 10, while even the bright lights of Las Vegas lost their shine, dropping seven places to 12th place this year.
The Hotels.com® HPI® captures hotel prices in major destinations across the world and is based on bookings made on Hotels.com®.
Commenting on the report, Katherine Cole, Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand & Singapore for Hotels.com®, says the figures show Australians are becoming savvier with their spending and are looking for better value-for-money destinations closer to home.
“One of the best ways to reduce holiday costs is by taking advantage of the many competitive deals and promotions available. As the hotels experts, Hotels.com offers a wide range of hotel choices, helping holidaymakers get more bang for their buck,” she says.
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For Aussies planning on travelling to one of the nation’s top four much-loved international destinations, Hotels.com® has rounded up the best deals to get you there:
This magical paradise is home to some of the world best beaches, top-notch restaurants and cultural activities, so it’s easy to see why it’s Aussies’ number one international holiday destination. 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 a little something for everyone.
Rooms at the Semara Resort and Spa in Seminyak, start at $A13
3 per room per night*. To book a stay at the The Semara Resort and Spa, visit: http://au.hotels.com/ho374192/semara-resort-and-spa-seminyak-seminyak-indonesia/ or call 1800 687 236
The Big Apple is known as one of the biggest and greatest cities in the world. With endless attractions including Time 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 Ameritania at Times Square in New York start at $A177 per room per night*. To book a stay at the Ameritania at Times Square, visit: http://au.hotels.com/ho163728/ameritania-at-times-square-new-york-united-states/ or call 1800 687 236
Singapore may be one of the world’s best shopping and dining destinations, but don’t let that fool you. 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 the AMOY Singapore start at A$247 per room per night*. To book a stay at the AMOY Singapore, visit:http://au.hotels.com/ho439593/amoy-singapore-singapore/ or call 1800 687 236
This vibrant city never disappoints, visit Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guards, take a ride on the London Eye or visit the world renowned TATE Modern. Shop to you drop in Harrods, catch a show in the theatre district, or visit the mummies at the British Museum. With something for everyone, London is a city not to be missed.
Rooms at the 196 Bishopsgate London start at A$259 per room per night*. To book a stay at the 196 Bishopsgate London, visit: http://au.hotels.com/ho212071/196-bishopsgate-london-united-kingdom/ or call 1800 687 236
^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 29 January, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit www.hotels.com for full terms and conditions.