Brazilians the biggest spenders in Ireland according to Hotels.com

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Brazilians spent the most per room per night in Ireland in the first six months of 2013

· South Koreans spent the least on hotel rooms in Ireland

· Norway spent the most of any European country in Ireland, whereas Italy spent the least

Visitors from Brazil spent the most on hotel rooms in Ireland during the first six months of the year according to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI). The report which tracks the average price paid for a hotel room in Ireland by visiting country reveals that travellers from Brazil spent an average of €109 per night, an increase spend of 19% compared to the same period in 2012.

Travellers from the USA were second on the list spending an average of €107 per room per night. The Norwegians and Japanese ranked in third and fourth place, spending an average of €106 and €104 respectively with the Norwegians also ranking as the highest paying Europeans.

The United Kingdom, the highest source of inbound tourism into Ireland, increased their spend by 3% in the first six months of the year from €87 to €90 while the Italians spent the least of the European countries parting with just €79, a reduction of 6% compared to the same period last year.

Kate Hopcraft from Hotels.com commented: “Across the board spending by overseas visitors in Ireland seems to be up, with 14 of the 21 nations analysed paying more in the first six months of the year in comparison to the same period in 2012. This is a really positive sign for hoteliers.”

“It was interesting to see that visitors who had a long haul flight such as the Brazilians and the Americans were more likely to spend more on a hotel than the likes of Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. This is most likely because long haul visitors tend to stay longer and are more inclined to book a hotel with a higher star rating.”

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