Weekly hotels top five of five - Australia

The Melbourne Art Fair begins August 4 as the largest part of Australia's Melbourne Art Week.

Thousands are expected to descend on Melbourne for the event, which attracts both domestic and international interest and sells millions of dollars worth of art every year, as well as generating considerable tourism expenditure for the region.

In terms of the amount spent, Melbourne is second only to Sydney, the number one destination for tourists to Australia, with both areas suffering a tough ten years tourism-wise.

Until 2001, tourism was growing at nearly 10 percent per year, but the September 11 attacks, followed by the SARS outbreak deeply damaged numbers, before a slight recovery which was subsequently halted by the global economic crisis.

Authorities are positive, however, predicting a 3.5 percent growth rate between 2008 and 2018, resulting in almost 7.9 million arrivals every year by 2018.

New Zealand makes up the majority of Australia's international visitors, followed by the United Kingdom, United States, China and Japan.

Sydney

Sydney accounts for the majority of visitors to Australia and is also the main disembarkation point into the country through Sydney International airport. Its hotels are top end - the top five travelers' favorites were luxury properties at top-end prices.

1 Quay Grand Suites Sydney
2 Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel
3 The Observatory Hotel
4 Park Hyatt Sydney
5 Westin Sydney

Average price of top five: $291 - $533 / €220 - €404

Melbourne

A room for the night is also fairly pricey in the top hotels of Australia's second city. Travelers loved the five-star Langham with its incredible rooftop views across the city.

1 The Langham, Melbourne
2 Quay West Suites Melbourne
3 The Westin Melbourne
4 Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
5 Art Series - The Olsen

Average price of top five: $191 - $365 / €145 - €276

Brisbane

Tourists spent AUD 4.5 million (€3.11 million) in Brisbane in 2009, less than half of what was spent in Melbourne. Nonetheless, the city has an excellent hotel selection, with the 'chic' Emporium Hotel taking top spot among TripAdvisor users.

1 Emporium Hotel
2 Chester's Hotel
3 Treasury Hotel & Casino
4 Hilton Brisbane
5 Quay West Suites Brisbane

Average price of top five: $188 - $296 / €142 - €224

Gold Coast

Not quite a city, but the Gold Coast received a similar amount of tourism income as Brisbane last year, primarily thanks to its gleaming beaches and popularity with domestic tourists. The family-oriented Ashmore Palms Holiday Village was the most popular destination.

1 Ashmore Palms Holiday Village
2 Treasure Island Holiday Park
3 Windsurfer Resort 
4 The Escarpment
5 Moorings on Cavill Avenue

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Perth

Perth's top five hotels ranged from the budget to the luxurious, although the five-star Richardson Hotel and Spa was in top position.

1 The Richardson Hotel & Spa
2 Mounts Bay Waters Apartment Hotel
3 Miss Maud Swedish Hotel
4 The Outram
5 Parmelia Hilton

Average price of top five: $248 - $327 / €188 - €247

Data is taken from millions of independent reviews and rankings surveyed at TripAdvisor taken on August 4, 2010.

Website: http://www.tripadvisor.com

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