Kissimmee’s hotels among nation’s most affordable this holiday

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If you’re staying in town for the holidays, you may come into contact with many others who haven’t stayed home – travelers looking for year-end deals.

A joint study released this weekend by Priceline and RetailMeNot shows Kissimmee as the fourth most affordable destination in terms of average nightly hotel rate this holiday season.

Kissimmee’s $145 per night rate is bested only by Las Vegas ($130), Pigeon Forge, Tennessee ($140), and Washington, DC ($140).

These visitors might be driving if they’re not willing to pay a pretty penny to get on the plane – the Orlando market is the second most popular holiday destination by plane, although it doesn’t appear in the top 10 most affordable destinations by flight (Philadelphia is tenth at 343 dollars for the average airfare), according to the survey. It also noted that just over half of consumers (51 percent) plan to travel this holiday season to visit family or take a vacation.

According to research from Business Applications & Insights team at Experience Kissimmee, the tourism marketing arm of Osceola County, RThe average available room rate is strongly influenced by the high rates of booking for some hotels. For some high-end hotels, prices are much higher than usual. (For example, rooms are available at Gaylord Palms on New Year’s Eve starting at $679.)

Most hotels have a large number of reservations for the holidays and many hotels are already fully booked for New Year’s Eve. With some luxury hotels already fully booked and still more budget-friendly options, the average bookable room rate is on the lower end. Existing reservations tend toward high-end hotels and current availability in lower price segments.

EK also reports that demand for vacation homes is also high in the area for those looking for upscale stays of seven to 14 days.

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