Top 10 countries booked by travellers for 2015

Top 10 countries booked by travellers for 2015
Cozy stay: The cost of accommodation in Indonesia has jumped the most of the top ten countries, with an increased average nightly rate of $22 year-on-year to $147.

Indonesia is among the top 10 countries set to be booked by travelers globally for next year, according to 2015 trend data released by HotelsCombined.

The online hotel booking industry globally - and in Indonesia in particular - is looking positive, with the number of people booking hotel accommodation globally for 2015 on the rise.

Indonesia has maintained its position on the list of top-10 destinations with a 63-per cent increase in bookings when compared to the same time period last year.

"New government policies, social economic growth and the potential waiving of the visa-on-arrival for visitors from Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and Russia are likely to boost inbound tourism in 2015," said HotelsCombined Indonesia marketing manager, Nana Adistya.

"Based on previous trends, Bali and big cities such as Jakarta and Bandung are expected to continue to be popular destinations, while islands like Raja Ampat and Bunaken are expected to grow as top diving spots among international travelers."

Joining Indonesia on the top-10 list are Japan, Australia, the US, Thailand, the UK, Italy, Spain, France and Germany.

The 2015 trend data suggests that Spain is the most affordable destination, with travelers spending an average of US$117 (S$155) per night, followed by Thailand at US$125 per night and Japan at US$141 per night.

The cost of accommodation in Indonesia itself has jumped the most of the top ten countries, with an increased average nightly rate of US$22 year-on-year to $147.

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