Travelocity ranked some of the rising costs of tourism this summer, and while it still costs more to come to the Holy City, it's less of an increase than many popular destinations. According to Travelocity, it costs about $43 more to visit Charleston than it did last year. Charleston Regional Business Journal has a short report on the rankings, as well as some of the other cities in Travelocity's list of more-expensive-but-less-so travel spots.
Tourism ROI has the full press release up, if you're interested:
Using airfare and hotel data of trips actually consumed by customers in July 2008 compared to July 2007, Travelocity was able to identify 14 major U.S. cities where the price difference of a vacation that included a flight and five-night hotel stay was less than $50.
“There's no arguing that the cost of air travel is up,” said Amy Ziff, Travelocity's editor-at-large. “But the mistake many travelers make is ending their vacation search based on that alone. Hotel pricing in many cities has stayed relatively flat compared to 2007. The hotel stay is typically the most expensive part of any vacation, so steady, and in some cases, decreasing prices means that skipping the vacation this year may not be necessary.”
And it wasn't just smaller names making the list, either. Chicago, San Francisco, and D.C. were all on there, but you can see the Business Journal for the full list.