Middle Eastern tourists still paying top dollar for UK stays

Middle Eastern tourists still paying top dollar for UK stays

New survey finds tourists from the region pay an average 67% more per night for hotel rooms in the UK than the average national rate

New survey finds tourists from the region pay an average 67% more per night for hotel rooms in the UK than the average national rate

Visitors from the Middle East are helping to boost the UK hotel industry, forking out an average 67% more per night for hotel rooms in the UK than the average national rate of £104.  London

According to data released in the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), travellers to the UK from the region paid an average £174 per night on accommodation in 2014, making them the highest paying visitors to the UK, even though this rate reflected a 5% fall from the £183 paid in 2013.

While Middle Eastern tourists were certainly well ahead, other nations also paid significantly more than the average national rate. Mexico came second in the list of top international spenders travelling to the UK, spending an average £143 per night after a 5% increase, with Brazil and the US not far behind on £137, showing a 2% fall and 2% increase in their previous averages respectively.

The destinations showing the highest increase were Spain and Italy, both increasing 8% to £108. Overall, the most generous Europeans were the Russians, who came in eighth place with £133 after a 6% increase.

Top ten visiting countries with the highest average price paid for a hotel room in the UK in during 2014:

Rank Destination 2014 2013 % Change
1 Middle East £174 £183 -5%
2 Mexico £143 £136 5%
3= Brazil £137 £140 -2%
3= USA £137 £135 2%
5= Singapore £136 £132 3%
5= South Africa £136 £132 3%
7 Argentina £134 £138 -3%
8 Russia £133 £125 6%
9= China £129 £131 -2%
9= Switzerland £129 £127 2%
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