SLH – FRANCE, UK AND THAILAND TOOPED THE DESTINATION LIST FOR AUSTRALIAN LUXURY TRAVELLERS

Results are based on booking information from 14,398 Australian club members from
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)

Australia, 20 November 2014 – France, the United Kingdom and Thailand have emerged as the top three most visited destinations for Australian luxury travellers in 2014, according to Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a brand champion for over 520 independent boutique properties across the world. The results were based on 14,398 Australian club members’ hotel booking information from 1 January 2014 to 31 August 2014.

France tops the destination chart with 14.9% of all the room reservations by Australian SLH club members, followed closely by the United Kingdom (14%), Thailand (11%), Italy (11%) and Greece (7%). The top two destinations remained unchanged from 2013, with Thailand replacing Italy on fourth spot and Greece displacing the United States from the fifth place in 2014.

Top Destinations for the Australian Luxury Traveller
2014 2013
  1. France (15%)
 1. France (15%)
     2.  United Kingdom (14%)  2. United Kingdom (15%)
     3.  Thailand (11%)  3. Italy (14%)
     4.  Italy (11%)  4. Thailand (10%)
     5.  Greece (7%)  5. USA (7%)
     6.  USA (6%)  6. Greece (5%)
     7.  Spain (6%)  7. Hong Kong (4%)
     8.  Hong Kong (4%)  8. Spain (3%)
     9.  Australia (3%)  9. Australia (3%)
    10. Singapore (3%)  10. Indonesia (2%)

“Australia is our strongest market in Asia Pacific in terms of outbound travel - not only do Australians love travelling, they are a discerning market that seek unique experiences instead of run-of-the-mill offerings. This is especially so with the luxury traveller market and it is reflected in their accommodation choices - leaning towards boutique hotels with strong individual character and tailored services,” said Paul Kerr, CEO for Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The Australian luxury traveller spends an average of US$1,203 on hotel accommodation based on an average stay of three nights in 2014 (year-to-date). This has increased slightly from the average spend of US$1,163 in 2013 (year-to-date).

He added, “Besides the top destinations, we expect demand for domestic travel within Australia to rise due to the weakening Australian dollar. With Tourism Australia’s 10-year forecast, expecting the number of domestic nights to increase by 23 million in the next 10 years, we are confident that our beautiful Australian properties will be a huge draw for the growing domestic travellers.”

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World™

The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) brand is an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world’s finest small independent hotels. Comprising over 520 hotels in more than 80 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels, and the experiences that they offer, is exceptional. From cutting-edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansions, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property online at www.slh.com, via the free SLH iPhone app or by contacting your favourite travel agent.

For more information on Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, please visit www.slh.com



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