A new report ranked Charlotte a more popular travel destination than Raleigh, Myrtle Beach and Charleston in 2014, and found average hotel prices in Charlotte were cheaper than the national average.
The cost of a Charlotte hotel was $115 a night in 2014, up 5 percent from 2013, according to a biannual hotel price report released this week from travel site Hotels.com. Charlotte moved up two places in its popularity ranking from 2013 – the biggest year-over-year improvement of the top 25 cities – to No. 24 and was ranked just above Tampa, Fla., and just under Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The U.S. average price of a hotel in 2014 was $137 a night, according to the report, representing a rise of 5 percent. The most popular destinations were Las Vegas and New York, with average nightly hotel costs of $116 and $271, respectively.
“Growing consumer confidence and lower gas prices contributed to a number of U.S. destinations reporting record visitor numbers in 2014,” said Neha Parikh, vice president and general manager of Hotels.com North America.
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Raleigh was ranked No. 36 most popular city with a hotel price of $103 a night in 2014, according to the report. Myrtle Beach, where hotels cost $136, ranked No. 30 in popularity in 2014 and Charleston ranked No. 44 and had an average hotel price of $159 a night.
Nashville, the No. 21 most popular U.S. destination, saw the biggest price change among top destinations. Travelers paid an average of $164 a night, a 15 percent increase in a year that saw the highest-ever tourism numbers.