Hotel prices rise at several hotspots

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM

Hotel prices at several tourist hotspots in the country have experienced a double-digit increase within the last one year as a result of increasing demand mainly from foreign visitors.

Hotels.com’s Hotel Price Index 2017 (HPI) revealed that the average accommodation price paid in Malaysia has seen strong growth with hotel price hikes across the board among top domestic destinations except for Johor and Sarawak.

Hotels.com Greater China, South-East Asia and India regional director Jessica Chuang said the most significant double-digit price increase is in Sabah that corresponded with the strong growth of tourism sector in the state, which was reported at 3.67 million tourists in 2017 — an all-time high.

“We have observed significant increases in prices paid in all top domestic destinations, with exceptions in Johor and Sarawak,” she said.

Apart from Sabah, the index stated that Langkawi and Petaling Jaya (PJ) also saw the highest year-on- year (YoY) price gain.

Sabah registered a 19% increase, while Langkawi recorded a 12% rise. Hotel prices in PJ saw an 8% increase.

Meanwhile, Langkawi, PJ and Penang recorded the highest average accommodation price paid with RM292, RM250 and RM232 respectively.

Sarawak and Johor have recorded a 3% and 10% YoY price decrease, while Sarawak and Melaka have recorded the lowest average hotels price paid at RM171 and RM195.

Hotels.com said the introduction of new direct flight routes connecting Langkawi with Guangzhou and Shenzen are linked with the state hotels’ price rise.

Meanwhile, Chuang said Malaysians also enjoyed paying less last year at popular destinations such as Japan and Italy.

The HPI stated that Malaysians enjoyed much better value for the ringgit in Italy last year.

“Sharp decreases in average hotel prices paid were observed in Rome, Milan and Florence — the three most popular Italian destinations for Malaysian travellers last year,” it said.

The destinations registered average hotel prices decline by 15% to RM595 in Milan, 11% to RM522 in Florence and 8% to RM483 in Rome.