Hotels a bargain in Cairns
CANBERRA h a s p u s h e d Perth off the top spot as Australia’s most expensive city for hotel rooms, while Cairns has the cheapest.
The 2010 Hotel Price Index showed average room prices worldwide rose 2 per cent last year, the first yearly increase since 2007.
Australian hotel prices rose 5 per cent last year.
Canberra prices jumped 18 per cent to an average of $ 189 a night.
Cairns’s average room rate was $ 118 a night.
Hotel room prices fell 2 per cent in the broader AsiaPacific region.
‘‘ Thailand suffered from political unrest and having a relatively large supply base, while Japan faced challenges in the continued slow domestic economy and a strong currency,’’ the report said.
‘‘ Singapore, on the other hand, recorded significant i ncr e a s e s t hanks t o t he strong bounce-back of corporate travellers and new tourist attractions.’’