Study: San Antonio Among Country's Least Expensive Vacation Destinations

Good news for San Antonio's critical tourism industry as we move into the summer travel season...a financial web site has ranked San Antonio as one of the least expensive destinations in the country for both family and individual travel, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The web site smartasset.com studied nearly fifty vacation destination cities nationwide, and determined that San Antnoio is the fourth most cost effective destination for family vacationers, and number thre for individual travelers.

Vice President A.J. Smith says several key travel factors were considered.

"The average round trip airfare cost, the average hotel room rate, the average daily car rental cost, and the average cost of a meal at a restaurant."

Smith says it was in the final category that San Antonio really hit the mark.

"Food is especially cheap in San Antonio compared to other cities in the study," she said. "With restaurant meals averaging out to about $18 per person. That's actually the lowest rate in our study."

Smartasset.com says a three day three night vacation to San Antonio will cost approximately $2,683 for a family of four, and $952 for an individual.

She says while food is the cheapest in the country, San Antonio's car rental rates are the second lowest, averaging $41 a day.

Smith says San Antonio outpaced by far the other Texas cities in the list. Dallas ranked #18 for affordability, Houston #19 and Austin #23.

The cheapest city to visit is Orlando Florida. The most expensive, not surprisingly, is New York City.

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