Travellers reluctant to patronize $100+rooms-Study

Posted: August 20, 2012 in travel & tourism

With no end in sight to the global financial crisis which has seen many industries continuing to suffer, a survey by an online booking firm, has revealed tourists’ preference for hostel accommodation as well as their reluctance to pay for accommodations higher than $100.

Research released from Hostelworld.com, the number one hostel booking website, in association with Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel content provider, shows that 94 per cent of people going on holiday this summer would consider hostel accommodation instead of hotels.

The global study, which questioned over 5000 people in 141 countries, found that the accommodation of choice for today’s traveller is governed by cost. Of those questioned, nearly 90 per cent would not be prepared to pay more than $100per night for accommodation, with the majority (54 per cent) prepared to cut their accommodation budget to have their holiday of choice.

The result is a booming trade for the global hostel industry with holiday makers reaping the benefit by making their trip go further. Half of those surveyed said they are looking to take a longer holiday than usual – 15 days or more.

Feargal Mooney, CEO from Hostelworld.com said; “We are extremely honoured to be selected as the most trusted hostel booking website. And the message coming through from our survey is loud and clear -people want value for money and they are seeing hostel accommodation as a way to do that. There has been a renaissance in the way hostels are perceived, driven by exciting new innovations at hostel properties worldwide and by more people looking to stretch their travel budget. This is opening up a new market to the hostel industry and one that we expect to see coming back now they have experienced the high quality of accommodation available.”

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