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Facts and Figures: Five Hotel Tips We Learned From 2012

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February 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM | by | ()

Time for a quick look back at some hotel figures, facts and trends from the past year...like, which big cities rocked it in 2012? A new study by HRG looks at the average hotel rates around the world. Here are five things we noticed:

Moscow is the most expensive city for hotel rooms for the, ahem, ninth year in a row. The average daily rate in 2012 was $427 a night, compared to $349 a night in New York City, $302 in San Francisco, and $279 in Washington D.C.

Speaking of our Nation's Capital, guess what? It had the largest rate of decline in the world. Uh oh! The average rate of stay fell 14% in 2012 -- which surprises the hell out of us considering it was an election year. Here we thought the political circus was attracting tourists and business events, but it appears it was pushing them away in reality.

As Carnival kicks off, Brazil's got two more reasons to party: both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo topped the list of largest growth, with Rio rates rising 19% and Sao Paolo’s increasing by 16%. San Francisco’s growth came in fourth at 10% behind Tokyo.

Despite a 14% decline for D.C., it still ranked #3 in average rate among U.S. cities. New York was first ($349/night), followed by San Fran ($302), D.C. ($279), Miami ($201), Houston ($190), Philly ($190), and Atlanta ($172). It's worth noting that all U.S. cities on the list excluding D.C. saw growth in 2012.

The biggest surprise might be who's not on the list. What's going on in Los Angeles and Chicago? Those are two cities we'd expect to be up there among the top in the U.S. Are their average room rates really under $172 a night? Perhaps leisure travelers can score a killer deal where they otherwise might expect pricey rates.

Our advice? Chicago, L.A., Denver, Boston, New Orleans - put 'em on the list!

And don't forget to consult our comprehensive North America hotel guide before you book your next hotel! You're welcome!

Photo: [tourist-destinations.com]

Archived Comments:

DC Reasoning

Counterintuitive to your thinking, DC is typically down in an election year because the policians are all back in their hometown districts or on the road trying to get elected. This also has an impact on corporate and group travelers because they won't go to DC if the politicians aren't there.  You'll  hopefully see a pop this year now that everyone is getting back to business. Although government budget cuts aren't helping for that hotel market regardless of your political stance on that issue.

RE: DC Reasoning

Thanks for the insight on that...  makes total sense! Just would guess that more tourists would want to come during an election year because of all the hype... but  maybe it scares them off, too.