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Room prices fall as Japanese tourism wanes: Hotels.com

Staff writer, with CNA

Average hotel room prices in Taiwan dropped 6 percent during the first six months of this year because of a reduced number of Japanese visitors, online booking service Hotels.com said yesterday.

According to Hotels.com, travelers making bookings through its Web site spent an average of NT$3,693 (US$125) on hotel rooms per night between January and June, 6 percent less than the same period last year.

Jessica Chuang (莊佩芙), senior marketing manager of Hotels.com’s Greater China operations, attributed the speding decline to a decrease in the number of visits made by Japanese tourists, which in turn could be the result of the yen’s depreciation.

The falling room prices were also the result of the growing amount of budget hotels available on the Web site, Hotels.com said.

The drop seen in Taiwan was in line with a fall in hotel room prices in several major cities across the Asia-Pacific region, which are feeling the impact of the weakening yen and Australian dollar, Chuang said.

The site’s data showed that visitors from several European countries were among the biggest spenders in Taiwan during the six-month period, with Danish tourists spending the most with an average of NT$4,372 per day, Hotels.com said.

German travelers came in second, spending an average of NT$4,312 daily, followed by visitors from the Philippines at NT$4,287, US tourists at NT$4,225 and travelers from the UK at NT$4,221.

According to Chuang, the figures reflect the purchasing power and preferences of visitors from different countries.

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