By Gaya Travel on December 19, 2014

 

KUALA LUMPUR – December 18, 2014TripAdvisor™ today reveals the most popular destinations for Malaysian and Asia Pacific travellers researching a New Year break[i]. A study into searches on TripAdvisor for the New Year period of 27thDecember 2014 to 4th January 2015 also revealed that Kuala Lumpur is the twelfth most popular destination for Asia Pacific travellers to welcome the start of 2015.

Where is popular with Malaysian travellers?

This New Year’s Eve, Malaysian travellers are favouring regional destinations over international destinations with Taipei taking the top spot, where a night in a hotel in the capital city of Taiwan costs an average of RM 674.69. Taipei – 47% higher than usual.

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Supporting the results of the study, one TripAdvisor traveller in the TripAdvisor Travel Forums, commented on spending New Year in Taipei: “The biggest firework show in Taipei will be at Taipei 101 where they will have the New Year Countdown Party. It is also near where the biggest public concert will be held.”

Hong Kong (#2) and Bangkok (#5) are the next two regional destinations favoured by Malaysians for the year-end break. Hotel prices in Bangkok will cost 18% more than usual at RM 261.80, but any traveller planning a trip to Hong Kong should be prepared for a much steeper seasonal hike in prices, with the average hotel stay at RM 1,839.12 per night, 194% more expensive than the average rate throughout the rest of 2014.

For those looking to stay within Malaysia during this festive period, Langkawi (#3) and Kuala Lumpur (#4) prove to be popular destinations amongst Malaysian travellers. Visitors to Kuala Lumpur can expect just a marginal increase in hotel prices (2% increase to an average of RM 255.42), while a night’s stay in Langkawi will cost Malaysian travellers 73% more than usual, with an average hotel price of RM 783.03.

 

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

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Where is popular with other travellers in the region?

Kuala Lumpur is the twelfth most popular destination for travellers in Asia Pacific planning a New Year break. When it comes to long-haul destinations, New York City (#6), Paris (#7) and London (#11) are the most popular destinations for this festive season.

“Many destinations experience significant price hikes over New Year when it comes to hotels so it is worth doing your research before deciding on where to head for the celebrations. For those planning a New Year trip to any of these destinations, visit the TripAdvisor destination pages (for example TripAdvisor Taipei) and the TripAdvisor Travel Forums for a wealth of information to help plan your trip, from where to stay, where to eat and what to do,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong.

Top 10 most popular destinations to spend New Year’s Eve for Malaysian travellers: 

 

Ranking

 

Destination

 

NYE period average nightly hotel price (RM)[ii]

 

Percentage increase for NYE period against average 2014 rate[iii]

1 Taipei, Taiwan 674.69 47%
2 Hong Kong, China 1,839.12 194%
3 Langkawi, Malaysia 783.03 73%
4 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 255.42 2%
5 Bangkok, Thailand 261.80 18%
6 Singapore, Singapore 695.17 4%
7 Boracay, Philippines 696.47 37%
8 Paris, France 856.13 5%
9 Sydney, Australia 980.16 50%
10 London, United Kingdom 902.23 5%

 

Top 10 most popular destinations to spend New Year’s Eve for travellers in Asia Pacific:

Ranking Destination NYE period average nightly hotel price (RM) Percentage increase for NYE period against average 2014 rate
1 Sydney, Australia 980.16 50%
2 Singapore 695.17 4%
3 Seminyak (Bali), Indonesia 802.27 32%
4 Hong Kong, China 1,839.12 194%
5 Taipei, Taiwan 674.69 47%
6 New York City, United States 1,436.02 18%
7 Paris, France 856.13 5%
8 Bangkok, Thailand 261.80 18%
9 Kuta (Bali), Indonesia 354.49 63%
10 Melbourne, Australia 582.54 0%
11 London, United Kingdom 902.23 5%
12 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 255.42 2%
13 Nusa Dua (Bali), Indonesia 703.70 23%
14 Surfers Paradise, Australia 918.39 73%
15 Hobart, Australia 805.43 42%

 

[i] Based on traveller searches on TripAdvisor for the NYE period of 27th Dec 2014 – 4th Jan 2015

[ii] Based on the average nightly rate for three and four star hotels in each destination during the NYE period of 27 Dec4 Janand converted to MYR on 11 December 2014 with exchange rates on xe.com

[iii] Calculated using the average nightly rate of hotels from the entire 2014 period compared to the average nightly rate of three and four star hotels in each destination during the 27 Dec4 Jan during the NYE period

 

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