Hong Kong top hotel spender
Travellers from Hong Kong paid the most for hotel accommodation in India in 2013, parting with Rs. 8,061 a night, as per the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI).
This was a 6pc increase when compared to what they paid in 2012. Visitors from the Middle East were in second place paying Rs. 7,909 a night followed by South Africans who paid Rs. 7,594. Travellers from both, Middle East and South Africa saw increases of 3pc and 4pc respectively.
Many of the highest increases were paid by visitors from Europe. Belgium was up 25pc to Rs. 6,363, Finland added 22pc to Rs. 6,187 and Italy had the same percentage increase, taking its average to Rs. 6,098. Thailand and China were the fastest risers in Asia with the former up 23pc to Rs. 6,903 at and the latter up 17pc to Rs. 7,115.
Of the few countries with declining rates paid, the Brazilians saw the hardest fall, parting with 10pc less during 2013 to Rs. 6,645, followed by Japan with its own devalued currency deterring foreign travel, down 6pc to Rs 7,154.
Other falls were seen at the bottom of the table as the Malaysians parted with the least on Rs. 5,315, registering a drop of 1pc , followed by the Russians down 2pc to Rs. 5,510 and the Taiwanese down 5pc to Rs. 5,517.
The Hotel Price Index (HPI) report also revealed the top destinations for overseas visitors coming to India.
While Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, Chennai and Jaipur continued to reserve the top 6 spots, the Indian city known to attract International tourists the most, Agra, the land of Taj Mahal has dropped two spots.
Agra has moved from 7th to 9th position, giving way to Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram in 2013.
(Posted on 28-03-2014)