Global travellers 'paying more for their hotels'
A sharp increase in the number of business travellers heading to different parts of the world has been cited as a major reason behind recent hikes in global hotel rates.
New figures released today (March 13th) by Hotels.com have indicated that the average price of a room grew by four per cent throughout 2011.
However, bosses at the website stated that while most people have been forced to shell out more of their overseas travel money on accommodation costs, the high value of the Aussie dollar has provided a bit of a reprieve for Australian jetsetters in certain countries.
It seems that businesspeople in particular are racking up sizeable bills on their travel credit cards, with much of their expenditure going on "hotel extras" such as Wi-Fi. Indeed, a recent Telegraph Travel study showed that two-thirds of hotels worldwide still charge guests to access the internet.
Despite the rise in hotel prices, president of Hotels.com David Roches said that average rates are still way below the peak levels seen in 2005.
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