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TripAdvisor TripIndex Reveals The Price of an Evening Out in Key Cities Across the U.S. and Around the World
NEWTON, Mass., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced TripIndex™ 2012 – a cost comparison of accommodations and an evening out on the town for two people in popular tourist cities across the United States and throughout the world.
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The TripAdvisor TripIndex is based on the combined costs for two of a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, one cocktail per person, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi transportation (two journeys of two miles).
The costs listed apply to the upcoming summer months (June 1 – August 31, 2012).
Global Travel Steals
For the second year, TripIndex reveals the Southern U.S. as the top region for travelers looking for domestic deals. The South features four of the top 10 most affordable U.S. destinations on the TripIndex: Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Orlando, all with total prices between $283 and $309.
Hotels Set the Tone
Hotel costs were the pivotal factor in determining the most and least expensive cities on TripIndex:
"For American travelers planning city trips, it's important to have an understanding of the day-to-day destination expenses," said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. "TripIndex is a useful resource to help travelers see how far their dollar will go, make budget-appropriate trip choices and offer inspiration for those considering a city trip this summer."
Best Value International Cities:
Most Expensive International Cities:
Notes to Editors:
The international TripIndex destination list comprises key cities from 48 of the 50 countries, which receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO). The U.S. TripIndex list comprises 15 popular, editorially selected U.S. cities, focusing on large and popular tourism markets in the U.S.
TripIndex prices out the following items in each destination to represent the cost of an evening out for two people:
Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below. Prices were taken in local currencies between March and May 2012 and converted into USD (when necessary) on May 29, 2012.
Hotels: Prices specify the average per-night cost of a room at four-star hotels found on TripAdvisor (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the summer travel period (June 1 - August 31, 2012).
Cocktails for two: Prices specify the average cost of two traditional dry martinis from a top-rated five-star hotel on TripAdvisor in each destination. *Designates the price taken from top-rated four-star hotel, as no five-star hotel is listed on TripAdvisor in this destination.
Dinner for two: Prices specify the average cost of a traditional or common two-course meal (starter and main course) for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine (prices averaged from three mid-range restaurants in each destination).
Return taxi trip: Prices specify the approximate cost of two taxi journeys of two miles each (representing an evening's return transportation). Data was taken from local authorities, recognized taxi companies, and/or travel experts on the area.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 69 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor's travel media brands include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, January 2012
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