Tripadvisor lists most attractive destinations

MUMBAI: Destinations such as Turkey, Belize and Taiwan have slashed hotel rates making them attrative for the price-conscious Indian traveller, while the Carribean remains one of the most populat hotel shopping destinations, according to study by Tripadvisor.

“The price conscious Indian traveller is always looking for ways to find the best prices to book, along with saving on time and effort,” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India, reports The Economic Times.

“According to our hotel shopping data, some destinations offer significant hotel value this year compared to last that includes the Caribbean which is one of the most popular hotel shopping destinations on TripAdvisor,” he added.

“However, for those not willing to go that far, Taiwan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Philippines are great options considering their proximity to India” he added.

The latest data from TripAdvisor’s 2017 Hotel Pricing Report details how the average nightly rate of hotels in different cities around the world has changed and will change over the course of the year according to hotel pricing data gained from TripAdvisor and its booking partners, reports Finder.

One of the destinations that saw the greatest drop in hotel prices was the Philippines. Its average nightly rate is $205, which is 15% less than it was last year. It sounds a little steep, but these averages include accommodation across all star ratings and include pricing in both peak and non-peak periods.

The Philippines is also home to White Beach, Boracay, which made the top 25 for the best beaches in the world in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards 2017.

The United Kingdom also saw a notable drop in average nightly rates. Rates fell by 13% to $260, which could possibly be attributed to the falling exchange rate with the British pound, making it one of the cheapest destinations for Australians to travel right now.

Another destination with falling hotel prices (also possibly attributed to a falling exchange rate) is Malaysia. Its average nightly rate is down to $183, which is 4% less than last year. As of the beginning of 2017, the Australian dollar is 7.12% stronger than it was last year against the Malaysian ringgit.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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