Aussies drawn to the Big Apple

Aussies drawn to the Big Apple
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New York is our favourite overseas holiday destination, according to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI),

Our love for Bali is showing no sign of waning – the Indonesian island has come in as our second favourite destination, up from number 6.

Singapore and London remain popular, in third and fourth positions respectively, unchanged from the year before.

Las Vegas rounds out Australians' top five favourite places, although it's not as hot as it was in 2012, when it was in second position.

The HPI, released bi-annually, is based on hotel bookings made by Australians on last year. Along with our favourite destinations, it looked at the cost of staying in these places.

It found that in 2013 we paid the most for a hotel room in New York – $295 a night on average, an increase of six per cent on the previous year.

It was good news for travellers to Bali. They paid on average $135 per night for accommodation – nine per cent less than in 2012.

While Singapore and London were popular, both cities were among the top 16 most expensive places to stay. Accommodation costs in Singapore (in 12th place) averaged $229 a night, a rise of five per cent, while in London (in 16th place), hotel prices averaged $223, an increase of six per cent.

Las Vegas may be king of casinos, but you don't have to be a high-roller to visit. A night there averaged $150, up three per cent.

Looking at costs internationally, not just in our favourite destinations, Phnom Penh ($69) in Cambodia was the best value for Aussie travellers in 2013.

Siem Reap ($70), also in Cambodia, and Hanoi ($70) in Vietnam, tied for second spot, followed by Cebu ($74) and then Manila ($80) in the Philippines.

In Australia, the top five best-value destinations were Alice Springs ($109), Cairns ($136), Launceston ($141), Adelaide ($146) and Townsville ($147).

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