Uluru Is The Costliest Vacation Spot
By Revathi Siva Kumar | September 5, 2014 4:05 PM EST
A survey of global hotels tells us something that may make you go to see---if not stay---in Uluru. Because it has been found to be the costliest place in Australia, and among the highest priced in the world.
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose in front of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, April 22, 2014. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. REUTERS/Phil Noble
The costliest capital city in Australia is Darwin with $212 dollars per night for a hotel, $13 dearer than Sydney. Last year, there was an 11 percent jump in hotel rooms in the NT capital.
It is the 21st on the international list, below Milan and Los Angeles, but dearer than Edinburgh, Chicago, Rome and Hong Kong.
On the other hand, the nearest town, Alice Springs, is found to be the cheapest area in Australia for hotels. One night is priced at $106 on an average. Launceston in Tasmania was priced just slightly higher, dearer by $35 a night at $141.
The Hotel Price Index was brought out by travel website Hotels.com. In the first half of this year, they tagged the average room rate at Ayers Rock Resort to $300 a night. It was third on the global list, next after Rio de Janeiro, priced at $302 and New York at $316, with higher average room rates.
The second priciest destination in Australia is the Whitsunday Islands, which reduced by 9 per cent last year, with the average hotel rate being $232 a night---$68 a night cheaper than Uluru.
A spokeswoman for Ayers Rock Resort is quoted by ntnews.com as challenging the manner in which the price index has been computed. She said that only five hotels have been named at Uluru, as against 354 in Sydney. "Every guest who stays at any accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort has access to a comprehensive suite of free daily guest activities which adds significantly to value for money," she said.
Tourists most willing to pay were found to be Americans and Chinese, who were ready to spend $192 a night, followed by UK tourists at $188.
Australians prefer to choose cheaper cities, including Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, mainly due to the weaker Australian dollar, which mapped a different pattern in the Australian tourist behaviour.
Hotels.com regional director, Katherine Cole, noted in ntnews.com that "Asian cities made up half of the top 10 overseas destinations."
Check out the average price of hotels here.