KAYAK sees an 83% surge in hotel searches in Rio this August

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In less than a month’s time sports fans and sports stars from across the globe will be gathering in Rio to witness the greatest sports competition of the year. It is estimated that more than half a million people will visit the Games this August.

Travel search engine KAYAK.sg, has analysed its hotel search data and reveals how travellers are planning their stay in Rio in August.

The travel experts also provide hacks for Singaporeans, who are still making up their minds, on how they can pack their Rio trip with sports action and still get value for money.

Action at the starting line: 5th August is the most popular check-in date 

The analysis revealed that the majority of travellers want to check-in at the beginning of the Games. The most popular check-in date is 5th August, which allows sport fans to witness one of the highlights of the Games – the Opening Ceremony. The most popular check-out date is on 21st August, allowing sports fans to be part of the Games from start till end. The combination of these two dates prove to be the most popular check-in and check-out dates for hotels in Rio this August.

Be a part of the sports action in comfort: Price-quality accommodation tops the list for a stay in Rio

Travellers from across the globe show, that while quality is important, price is definitely a major consideration when booking accommodation in Rio this August. 41% of travellers opt for 3-star accommodation while 35% choose to stay in 4-stars hotels. Hoteliers are clearly pumping up their prices during the sports event of the year, with hotels in the 3- and 4-star hotel category costing an average of S$286 per night during the first week, S$437 during the second, S$530 during the third and S$139 during the last week of August.

This shows that the prices in 3- and 4-star hotels are up to 281% more expensive during the third week of August when compared to prices after the action is over, in the fourth week of August. With the low hotel prices in the fourth week, Singaporeans may even consider extending their Rio trip for a holiday after the event.

Getting ahead with the best pair: Save more with recommended check-in and check-out days

The days on which travellers choose to stay in Rio can also affect the overall cost of their accommodation. Checking into a 3 or 4-star hotel on a Saturday, and checking-out on a Monday can result in savings of up to 47% for serious sports fans when compared to the most expensive combinations over the week. Save on accommodation and splurge on extra tickets to the Games.

Debby Soo, KAYAK Vice President, APAC comments: “There are exciting times ahead in Rio, and while timing is everything when it comes to booking a trip, it’s not too late for Singaporeans to find an excellent hotel within their budget and be right in the middle of the excitement. Travellers to Rio using KAYAK.sg to plan their trips, combined with our travel tips, are sure to be sipping Caipirinhas at the Copacabana this August.”

KAYAK.sg’s travel tips to make the most of a trip to Rio:

  • Organise events and happenings: With so many things to do in Rio, what is the best way to keep track? KAYAK.sg users will be familiar with Trips already, but there is much more to it than just storing flight, hotel and hire car confirmations in one easy-to-access itinerary. By forwarding emails, such as restaurant or activity reservations totrips@kayak.sg, or by manually entering event details, Singaporeans can populate their itinerary with all their fun activities in Rio.
  • Set Price Alerts: Flight or hotel in Rio not yet confirmed? With Price Alerts, travellers can be notified when prices for flights to and hotels in Rio go up or down for the preferred travel dates to never miss a deal.
  • Take a break from all the competition: For those travellers who can’t sit through another sporting event, see what else Rio has to offer via the Activities feature on KAYAK.sg. There you can find a taste of Rio’s cuisine with a food tour or experience Brazil’s natural wonders with a Jeep ride through the rain forest.
Source = KAYAK.sg
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