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Hotel room rates in some of Australia’s major cities rose last year, Australian Business Traveller has reported.

According to the latest Hotel Price Index, Canberra saw the country’s biggest rise of 18 per cent, while prices in Sydney also rose by 16 per cent.

In comparison, Australian’s travelling to Europe are often benefitting from a drop in average hotel rates, with Austria and Finland seeing rates fall by 19 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.

With the exception of Singapore, where average hotel room rates increased by 14 per cent since last year, prices were slightly down across the Asia-Pacific region.

The average price paid for a hotel room by an Australian was $166, the Hotel Price Index also found, making Aussie travellers some of the biggest spenders in the world.

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