Britons tightest spenders on European hotels
16-Mar-10by Annie Byrne
According to accommodation website Hotels.com’s latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) business and leisure Britons spend the least on hotel rooms abroad. In a stark contrast, 2007's HPI revealed Irish and UK travellers were top of the league, parting with an average £99 and £93 per night for hotel rooms, respectively. In 2009, Brits slipped to 14th place and spent on average just £90 per room per night. "When it comes to hotel accommodation, the drop in UK spending is significant but it is in line with the global decrease in hotel room prices in 2009,” says communications director for Hotels.com, Alison Couper citing the average price of a hotel room globally was 14 per cent lower last year than in 2008. Ireland has retained its place as Europe’s biggest spender averaging £107 per night on accommodation last year. Travellers from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Austria spent £100 or more per night while overseas.In 2007, the UK was the most expensive European destination, however in 2009, it dropped to thirteenth place. On average, UK hotel prices fell by the most of any European country (13%) in 2009 to just £84 per room per night on average.