Where was the best place for luxury for less?
American travelers enjoyed quite a choice of destinations where they could score 4 and 5-star accommodations for less than the previous year.
Charlotte, NC saw a massive 38% drop in its 5-star average price while the impact of Hurricane Maria was felt in the Dominican Republic where prices in Puerto Plata fell 20%.
Double digit falls were also felt in Rio de Janeiro as the Olympic fever wore off (-19%). Makati in the Philippines was down double-digits in both the 4 and 5-star categories and The Bahamas felt the impact of both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Its main tourism sites suffered minimal impact, but Paradise Island’s 5-star level fell more than 10%.