UK Cities See Reductions in 2012 Hotel Prices

This autumn holiday season, UK travellers that opt for a staycation could get a bargain, as UK hotel prices are falling.

Hotels.com, a US-based travel company and a part of the Expedia group, has recently released its biannual Hotel Price Index (HPI) results, and the report highlights that out of the 39 UK destinations covered by the HPI, prices have only risen in 10, while 29 destinations in the UK the have recorded a price reduction.

St Andrews, in the UK, has registered a fall of 13 percent, the biggest reduction for the first half of 2012, to £133 per room; while rooms in Bath, the second most expensive city in the UK, have remained flat at £112 per room, per night for the same period.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne has registered a price drop of 11 percent, while prices in Liverpool and Manchester dropped by 6 percent and 5 percent respectively. London hotel prices have also decreased by 2 percent in the first half of 2012, indicating that 2012 Olympic games did not translate into a significant boost for the tourism industry in the UK.

Alison Couper, the director of communications at Hotels.com, said, ‘It’s great news for consumers that prices have stayed the same or dropped. Despite the lower numbers in London during the Olympic period, the fantastic atmosphere and legacy is likely to boost tourism into the capital.’

The HPI tracks real prices paid by travellers for hotel rooms globally, for each six months of a year, compared with prices for the same period last year.

The UK cities showing the biggest jump in prices include Belfast, Southampton and Portsmouth, all of which registered an upswing compared to the same period last year.