San Francisco Tops New York As Priciest U.S. City For Getaways This Summer

  San Francisco Tops New York As Priciest U.S. City For Getaways This Summer  London and Paris Named Most Expensive International Escapes, While Asian Destinations Offer Affordability  PR Newswire  NEWTON, Mass., June 12, 2014  NEWTON, Mass., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --TripAdvisor^®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced its annual TripIndex Cities cost comparison study, revealing San Francisco as the most expensive U.S. city for 2014 summer travel, while Las Vegas holds its claim as the most affordable U.S. spot for the fourth consecutive year of the report.  To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/70425526-tripadvisor-annual-tripindex-cities-cost-comparison-study-2014-summer-travel  TripAdvisor reveals San Francisco as the most expensive U.S. city to visit this summer  TripIndex Cities compares the cost of an evening out and overnight stay in 67 key tourist cities around the U.S. and world, taking into account typical costs for two for cocktails, a two-course dinner paired with a bottle of wine, round-trip taxi transportation, and a one night stay in a hotel during the summer travel months from June to August.  "Travelers are eager to get out and explore this summer, and with hotel prices in major U.S. and global cities down six and seven percent, respectively, travelers will be able to find more affordable stays and dedicate a bigger chunk of their budgets to meals and entertainment," said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.  Priciest Places    oComing in with a daily TripIndex cost of $508, San Francisco emerged as     the most expensive city on theU.S. list, followed by New York City ($501)     and Boston ($491).   oLondon ($520) shot up six spots from last year to be crowned the costliest     destination on the international list, with Paris ($510) and New York     City^1 ($501) close behind.   oWestern and northern Europe lay claim to seven of the 10 most expensive     international spots: London (#1), Paris (#2), Stockholm (#4), Oslo (#5),     Zurich (#6), Copenhagen (#7) and Helsinki (#8).  Spots to Save    oAt a TripIndex cost of $276, Las Vegas is the least expensive U.S.     destination for the fourth consecutive year, while Miami ($311) and     Atlanta ($314) round out the top three least expensive spots.   oSix of the 10 most affordable U.S. destinations are in the South: Miami     (#2), Atlanta (#3), Orlando (#4), New Orleans (#5), Houston (#6) and     Dallas (#7).   oHanoi ($153) is the best value international destination, followed closely     by Jakarta ($158), and Sharm el Sheikh ($159).   oAsian destinations top the best value list with five of the 10 most     affordable spots: Hanoi (#1), Jakarta (#2), Bangkok (#4), Mumbai (#7), and     Kuala Lumpur (#8).   oTravelers looking for an affordable European escape should head eastward,     as the region features three of the 10 best value international     destinations: Sofia (#5), Prague (#9) and Budapest (#10).  U.S. Hotel Prices Down This Summer  Hotel prices^2 have decreased in 15 of the 20 examined U.S. cities since last summer, with the average nightly hotel rate amongst the U.S. TripIndex cities down six percent overall; however, spots around the Pacific Northwest have seen surges, while room rates in warm-weather spots including Orlando and Honolulu have significantly cooled down.  U.S. cities with the largest change in summer hotel prices, 2013-2014:  Largest increase       Largest decrease 1. Portland (+16%)     1. Orlando (-31%) 2. Seattle (+15%)      2. Honolulu (-21%) 3. San Francisco (+9%) 3. Philadelphia (-18%)  TripIndex U.S. Cities  Least Expensive:     Destination      Hotel  Return    Dinner  Cocktails for two Total  YoY Rank                            taxi trip for two                   cost   Change* 1  Las Vegas, NV    139.26 21.32     84.78   30.67             276.03 0 2  Miami, FL        186.87 19.01     78.74   26.67             311.29 0 3  Atlanta, GA      200.41 17.20     72.70   24.00             314.31 +1 4  Orlando, FL      202.25 17.69     78.38   24.67             322.99 +8 5  New Orleans, LA  210.55 16.53     72.95   23.33             323.36 +1 6  Houston, TX      221.37 16.64     77.41   22.83             338.25 +1 7  Dallas, TX       222.28 16.86     77.95   22.00             339.09 -4 8  Philadelphia, PA 227.51 21.93     74.99   28.00             352.43 +2 9  Minneapolis, MN  241.04 18.66     74.80   20.00             354.50 -1 10 Denver, CO      249.71 15.64     79.70   21.33             366.38 -1  Most Expensive:     Destination     Hotel  Return     Dinner   Cocktails    Total    YoY Rank                           taxi trip  for two  for two      cost     Change* 1  San Francisco,  380.92 24.18      79.98    22.67        507.75   +3    CA 2  New York City,  363.74 18.30      84.62    34.50        501.16   0    NY 3  Boston, MA      363.06 21.20      82.80    24.00        491.06   0 4  Seattle, WA     359.72 21.44      80.60    22.00        483.76   +4 5  Honolulu, HI    307.03 23.43      78.39    22.33        431.18   -4 6  Chicago, IL     297.19 18.98      79.33    27.33        422.83   -1 7  Los Angeles, CA 276.59 22.50      81.40    28.00        408.49   -1 8  Washington,     271.11 20.25      85.78    24.00        401.14   -1    D.C. 9  Portland, OR    280.09 19.10      68.09    24.67        391.95   +7 10 San Diego, CA   269.71 21.71      77.70    22.00        391.12   0  TripIndex International Cities  Least Expensive:     Destination          Hotel  Return    Dinner  Cocktails for Total  YoY Rank                                taxi trip for two two           cost   Change* 1  Hanoi, Vietnam       98.98  5.14      34.16   14.61         152.89 +1 2  Jakarta, Indonesia   90.81  2.89      38.35   26.35         158.40 +19 3  Sharm el Sheikh,     92.14  3.79      48.14   15.42         159.49 +1    Egypt 4  Bangkok, Thailand    85.72  3.49      50.34   22.58         162.13 +2 5  Sofia, Bulgaria      95.09  11.04     71.04   10.39         187.56 - 4 6  Cape Town, South     119.54 13.15     52.21   5.51          190.41 +3    Africa 7  Mumbai, India        127.32 6.85      39.08   17.42         190.67 +9 8  Kuala Lumpur,        101.55 3.54      59.30   31.17         195.56 -1    Malaysia 9  Prague, Czech        125.31 7.10      49.92   15.28         197.61 +11    Republic 10 Budapest, Hungary    109.58 12.95     52.46   25.22         200.21 -5  Most Expensive:     Destination     Hotel  Return     Dinner   Cocktails    Total    YoY Rank                           taxi trip  for two  for two      cost     Change* 1  London, U.K.    315.57 36.88      128.40   39.01        519.86   +6 2  Paris, France   327.60 28.71      101.88   51.65        509.84   +3 3  New York City,  363.74 18.30      84.62    34.50        501.16   +1    U.S. 4  Stockholm,      236.75 27.94      171.00   42.58        478.27   -1    Sweden 5  Oslo, Norway    199.53 56.30      163.41   36.46        455.70   -4 6  Zurich,         296.52 42.97      77.17    36.86        453.52   -4    Switzerland 7  Copenhagen,     242.31 46.25      100.62   32.47        421.65   +1    Denmark 8  Helsinki,       200.46 38.24      118.76   22.25        379.71   +5    Finland 9  Toronto, Canada 230.32 25.43      90.52    29.87        376.14   +7 10 Sydney,         196.00 22.65      130.02   26.15        374.82   -4    Australia  Notes to Editors:  The international TripIndex Cities 2014 destination list comprises one key city from 48 of the 50 countries which receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO).  ^1New York City was the only U.S. city evaluated for the international list  The U.S. TripIndex list consists of 20 popular editorially selected cities, focused on large and popular tourism markets.  TripIndex prices out the following items in each destination to represent the cost of a night out for two people:    oOne night's accommodation in a 4-4.5 star hotel   oCocktails for two people   oDinner for two (two courses and a bottle of house wine)   oReturn taxi transportation (two taxi rides of two miles each)  Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below. Prices were taken in local currencies between March and May 2014 and converted into USD (where applicable) on March 31, 2014.  Hotels: Prices specify the average per-night cost of a room at a 4-4.5 star hotel found on TripAdvisor's Hotel Price Comparison in each destination for the summer travel period (June 1 – August 31, 2014). ^2The 2013 TripIndex Cities examined 4 star hotels for the same summer 2013 travel period.  Cocktails for two: Prices specify the average cost of two martinis from a top-rated, five-star hotel on TripAdvisor in each destination. Prices were averaged from four to ten five-star hotels in each destination.  Dinner for two: Prices specify the average cost of a traditional or common two-course meal (appetizer and main course) for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine. Prices wereaveraged from four to ten mid-range restaurants in each destination.  Return taxi trip: Prices specify the approximate cost of two taxi rides of two miles each (representing an evening's round-trip transportation). Data was taken from local authorities and taxi companies.  About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor^®is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. 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To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/70425526-tripadvisor-annual-tripindex-cities-cost-comparison-study-2014-summer-travel  TripAdvisor names Las Vegas the least expensive U.S. city to visit for the fourth summer in a row. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)    London, England is most expensive international city for a summer trip, according to TripAdvisor. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)    TripAdvisor reveals Paris, France as the second priciest city for an international trip during summer 2014. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)  SOURCE TripAdvisor  Website: http://www.tripadvisor.com Contact: Erin Millard, (617) 795-7985, emillard@tripadvisor.com  
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