Las Vegas is most popular U.S. destination

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The Independent Travel

Las Vegas remained America's playground in 2009, according to data released December 15 by

Las Vegas hotels were the second cheapest of the Top Ten destinations in the U.S. for 2009, helping to drive the area to first place with average daily rates of only $84. This represents a 26% drop from last year's average nightly rate of $115. Only Orlando, Florida hotels were cheaper, at $81. Over key holiday weekends such as Thanksgiving, Presidents Weekend and Memorial Day, the average price of a night in Vegas' hotels was $94. New York and Chicago were the second and third top destinations with rates of $185 and $113 respectively. The figures are based on bookings for January 1 to December 31 2009.

The data also suggests that Americans visited Central America more than Europe over the past year - three of the top ten international destinations were in Mexico and Cancun took first place with an average nightly rate of $179, down 12% from 2008. London and Paris were the only European destinations in the list taking second and ninth place respectively. According to Orbitz, both destinations saw average daily hotel rates drop by over 15%. Canadian destinations were popular, with Toronto and Vancouver both appearing on the list, as were the Caribbean destinations of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Orbitz, one of the largest online booking sites in the world, predicts that Las Vegas will continue to be a popular destination through 2010 as the resort will boast more hotel rooms than ever before. Recent data released by similar travel companies such as Tripadvisor and British Airways appears to back this up, with both firms suggesting that the strip will remain a crowd-puller.

Top 2009 U.S. destinations
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1 Las Vegas, NV
2 New York, NY
3 Chicago, IL
4 Orlando, FL
5 Los Angeles, CA
6 Washington, DC
7 San Francisco, CA
8 San Diego, CA
9 Boston, MA
10 Miami, FL