Asia Pacific hotel prices: beachside bargains in February

Travelers looking for a beachside holiday in Asia could see some good-value picks over the coming months, according to the latest Wotif.com Asia Pacific hotel rates indicator.

Although the average price of a hotel room has remained relatively stable into 2011, and is set to do so over the coming months, some destinations will see price falls which mean cheaper holidays for consumers.

Australia's Gold Coast is set to see rates drop by nearly 10 percent in the next three months, data from Wotif.com showed, dropping to AUD197 (€150) in February from AUD229 (€175) this month.

Thai beach resort Phuket is also set to see rate falls of almost one fifth over February and March, with a room in March expected to cost 6888THB (€175), down from a pricey 8589THB (€218) this month.

Most of the popular resorts monitored by Wotif.com have seen little price fluctuation between December 2010 and January 2011, although parts of Australia are set to see some rises in the coming months, said Wotif.com's Matthew Varley.

"Rates on the whole are on an upward trend as the country approaches autumn, and business travel picks up in the major cities," he explained.

"These increases vary, from about 5.1% in Melbourne to 27.6% in Brisbane, where hotels are looking to recoup losses from a very rainy summer season."

Asia's most expensive destinations - January 2011

1. Phuket, Thailand (8589THB / €218)
2. Langkawi, Malaysia (819MYR / €205)
3. Tokyo, Japan (¥21058 / €194)
4. Singapore (311SGD / €185)
5. Bali, Indonesia ($236 / €181)

Data provided by Wotif.com

http://www.wotif.com

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