Hotel Price Index Reports Second Year of Strong Growth for North America Hotel Price Index Reports Second Year of Strong Growth for North

5 percent rise in U.S. and Canada outpaces 3 percent global increase, which
was slowed by Eurozone crisis

PR Newswire

DALLAS, March 5, 2013

DALLAS, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The average price of a hotel room around
the world rose by 3 percent during 2012, compared with the previous year,
according to the latest® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®). The rate of
increase has moderated when judged against the 4 percent rise in 2011 as the
Eurozone's problems pulled down the global average and slowed growth in the
second half of the year.


Three regions drew away from the rest. The Caribbean saw a 6 percent rise,
North America had one of its best results in recent years growing at 5 percent
and the Pacific gained 4 percent, all outpacing the global figure. Asia added
2 percent and Latin America 1 percent while the Europe and Middle East region
registered a slight fall.

As the American hotel industry continued to strengthen, so did consumers'
confidence, as is evident in the 5 percent increase in spending on domestic
hotel accommodations over last year. Austin, Texas (up 9 percent) rose not
only in price, but in popularity, jumping three spots to number 17 ^ on the
Top Domestic Destinations for Americans list. San Antonio, Texas (up 4
percent) is also on the rise, moving into the top 10 on the U.S. favorites
list. Big Sur, Calif ($771 ADR) is making waves worldwide jumping to the
number one ranking on the HPI Most Expensive Cities List, while Oahu, Hawaii
(up 68 percent), also makes a splash in third place on the list of World's
Greatest Price Increases. The U.S. saw an influx of international visitors who
spent record amounts on travel and tourism in 2012 according to U.S. Commerce
Department, which meant hotels had less need for discounting. The foreign
guests who spent the most on U.S. accommodations according to the HPI were
travelers from Japan, South Africa, and Norway respectively.

Launched in 2004, the HPI looks at prices that people actually paid for their
hotel rooms around the world. The 2012 Index stands at 107, ten points behind
its 2007 peak of 117 and only just ahead of its 2005 level of 106.

David Roche, President Global Lodging Group for Expedia, Inc., said: "Europe's
hoteliers aren't immune from the region's economic problems, and they weren't
able to keep pace with a recovering global market in 2012. Although prices
have risen globally, a hotel stay still offers consumers great value, with
rates consistently below their peak levels of five years ago."

In the Caribbean, the trend towards more all-inclusive holidays has pushed up
the average price paid. In the Pacific, the mining boom in Australia and
strength of the Australian dollar continued to drive strong city hotel rates
but made it difficult for some leisure destinations dependent on inbound
demand. Latin America has witnessed a sustained period of growth in prices
paid by customers over the past few years, driven primarily by the booming
economies in the two key markets of Brazil and Mexico.

In Asia, a roster of events moved prices up and down across the region,
including downward pressure on rates in India, due to a precipitous fall of
the Rupee, travel demand shifts due to the politically sensitive situation
around the islands in the East China Sea, and price bounce-backs from the 2011
earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan and flooding in Thailand.
The continued increase in the number of Chinese international travelers helped
fill hotel rooms and the expansion of low cost carriers also boosted travel

"International tourism is expected to climb again in 2013," said David Roche.
"Much of the focus of the hospitality industry is now moving east, where the
rate of increase is the highest and new infrastructure is helping to drive
travel patterns. The Asia/Pacific region added twice as many new hotel rooms
as Europe in 2012 and will account for 40 percent of the world's new builds in
2013. Rates here are rising but the region still offers great value for
travelers with some of the lowest prices in the world."

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