Hotel prices in North America were 3 percent higher on average in the first six months of 2013, than during the same period in 2012, according to the latest data from the biannual Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI). The rise in pricing a little higher than the worldwide average increase of 2 percent across all regions in the first half of this year, compared year-over-year to 2012.
At $230 a night on average, Honolulu became the most expensive U.S. designated market area (DMA) in the first half of 2013, surpassing New York City for the first time since the inception of the Hotel Price Index in 2004. The average nightly rate in New York City is $211.
"As the North American travel industry continues to gradually rebound from the recession, many U.S. travelers are venturing back to their long-time favorite destinations, while others are seizing the opportunity to explore new cities," said Neha Parikh, vice president and general manager, Hotels.com North America. "The HPI is a valuable resource to identify trends and popularity, price changes and top travel spots and more, which helps you experience some amazing destinations."