Surprising everybody, Kolkata’s hotel industry seems to be doing better than the rest of the country. The lower hotel room supply in Kolkata is pushing up the average room rates in the city making it costlier to stay in than Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin, Pune, Goa or Jaipur as per the Hotel Price Index report from Hotels.com, a leading global online travel booking portal, reports Times of India. Only travellers to Mumbai spent more on hotels in the first half of 2014.
The average room rent in Kolkata went up 2% in online transactions against January-June 2013 with a steady rise in tourist numbers. In comparison, Mumbai, saw the average rate drop by 3% in H1 2014 against the first half of 2013.
As per the report, an average room in Kolkata costed Rs 5,777 a night as compared to Rs Delhi that averaged 5,769 online. The average payment for a night’s stay at a Kolkata hotel purchased online by both foreign and domestic travellers in January-June 2014 was Rs 6,386, up from Rs 6,269 in the corresponding period previous year. Bengaluru was the closest behind Kolkata at Rs 6,338, followed by Goa at Rs 5,873, Chennai Rs 5,839, Hyderabad Rs 5,482, Cochin Rs 5,295, Pune Rs 5,027 and Jaipur Rs 4,888.