Hotels.com says the global average price its customers paid for hotel rooms increased just 1% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the previous year.

It says Australian hotel room increased just 2% over the same period, although in some markets rates fell sharply.

“Darwin saw the steepest decline with the average price paid falling 20% year on year to $170 a night,” Hotel.com’s latest  Price Index reveals.

“Launceston saw the second highest drop, falling 6% to $133 a night.

“Hotel prices paid rose only slightly in the eastern seaboard cities of Sydney (4%) to $208 per night and Melbourne (5%) to $177, while Brisbane declined a percentage point to $168 per night.

“The tourist mecca of Port Douglas showed the highest percentage rise, with prices paid increasing by 14% to $200 per night.”

Australian hotel prices paid by travellers in H1 2015: 

Destination H1 2015 H1 2014 % change
Whitsunday Islands $244 $234 4%
Sydney $208 $199 4%
Port Douglas $200 $176 14%
Sunshine Coast $193 $183 5%
Canberra $188 $189 -1%
Perth $188 $193 -3%
Byron Bay $183 $182 1%
Scarborough $179 $187 -4%
Melbourne $177 $168 5%
Gold Coast $177 $171 3%
Newcastle $176 $166 6%
Hobart $172 $170 1%
Darwin $170 $212 -20%
Blue Mountains $170 $178 -4%
Brisbane $168 $169 -1%
Hunter Valley $168 $169 -1%
Adelaide $156 $152 3%
Cairns $150 $144 4%
Launceston $133 $141 -6%

 

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