Hotel room rates in cities around the world dropped by double-digit-percentages in 2011, according to new data from booking site Hotels.com.
Based on actual prices that customers pay for their room nights, Hotels.com has compiled a list of 20 destinations that offer what the site calls "the world's greatest price drops."
Whether due to revolution, safety concerns, economic worries or natural disaster, these destinations have become significantly more affordable -- even after the woes that sparked the price drops have abated and tourists have safely returned.
"The Arab Spring protests and war in Libya hit prices across the Middle East and North Africa with rates falling in Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar," Hotels.com says in a press release announcing the data, citing just a few examples of the discount destinations.
Elsewhere, Abu Dhabi, Bermuda and Cannes, France remain great bargains as soft local hotel markets result in discounts. Also on sale in 2011 compared to 2010? South Africa, where the World Cup effect on rates finally wore off.