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  • What did people spend in the USA?

What’s up with staycationers?
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Domestic visitor numbers are up but many popular destination prices are down. What’s that about?

There may be more people in the U.S. with passports than ever before, but 2017 saw several major U.S. destinations reporting increased visitor numbers and many of them citing an increase in domestic tourism as the reason why.

This increase wasn’t reflected in prices paid though. Over 20 of the Top 50 most popular destinations, including San Francisco, Honolulu, Chicago and Las Vegas, saw prices fall. Ten, including Boston and New York, saw no change at all and those that did rise (Tucson and Nashville) were around 5%.

The average price for a room for domestic travelers was $133/night, with the highest prices paid in Boston ($267) and New York ($258). Value-seekers looked to Albuquerque and Oklahoma City, which were both under $100/night on average.

Miami

On the West Coast, domestic travelers helped L.A. smash its visitor record with 40 million of its 48 million visitors in 2017 coming from the U.S., yet the average price in the City of Angels stayed the same as the previous year at $198. 

Down in the South, Texas was repped in the Top 50 by 6 cities; 3 of which saw prices decline, 2 stayed flat and 1 saw a slight rise. Similar results were found in Florida; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa saw price fall, but Jacksonville and Orlando were boosted by a slight uptick.

On the East coast, New York was another city with record visitor numbers as its 61.8 million visitor tally was buoyed by domestic travelers while international arrival numbers dipped.

  • Most popular domestic destination: Las Vegas
  • Largest average price increase: Tucson at +6%
  • Largest average price drop: Chicago, Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington DC all at -4%

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Average nightly hotel prices paid by U.S. travelers in their 20 most popular domestic destinations in 2017
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Average prices paid per night by domestic travelers in selected U.S. destinations in 2017 compared with 2016
International travel to the U.S.
Grand Canyon

Prices up, but numbers down for international travelers to the U.S.

Let’s keep things vague and say it’s probably down to political reasons that the overall number of foreign visitors to the U.S. fell in 2017. Those that did visit America paid an average of 1% more for their overnight stays than in 2016 and international travelers paid $19/night more on average than their domestic counterparts.

Sun and surf seekers found they paid the highest average price in Santa Monica ($330) and Lahaina ($326). To find the best value of under $100 a night, visitors had to go a little way off the beaten track to Buena Park, California and Laredo, Texas.

The Big Apple was once again the top destination for international visitors, who paid 1% less in New York than in 2016. Over on the West Coast, California was the most popular state, with 12 destinations in the International Top 50 placesThose visiting Chicago, Philly and Honolulu in 2017 had more bang for their buck as all 3 cities experienced a 4% decline in average price. Visitors to Hollywood and Lake Buena Vista had no such luck though – both destinations added 20%+ to their average nightly prices… yikes!

  • Most popular destination for international visitors: New York
  • Largest average price increase: Lake Buena Vista at 21%
  • Largest average price drop: Chicago, Honolulu and Philadelphia at -4%

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Average prices paid per night by international travelers in selected U.S. destinations in 2017 compared with 2016
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Average prices paid per night by international travelers in selected U.S. destinations in 2017 compared with 2016
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