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Washington increasingly popular with tourists

27 January 2009 07:33

Washington increasingly popular with tourists

There has been heightened interest in holidays to Washington DC ahead of the inauguration of new US president Barack Obama, it has been claimed.

According to Travel Weekly, approximately two million people will be heading to the city for the ceremony, due to take place on January 20th, as well as the accompanying festivities.

The site noted that many people who have been unable to secure accommodation in Washington are staying miles away and are planning to drive to DC.

Chris Radford, a travel consultant from London-based Trailfinders, said that interest in the city picked up a few months ago and prices have increased quite significantly.

He explained: "Even a couple of months ago there were barely any rooms, and they were all at inflated prices. We have no allocation in Washington hotels for that period, so it looks like hotels are completely full."

Similarly, booking inquiries at Flight Centre have increased by almost 30 per cent.

"Washington was the 29th most inquired destination and it was nothing like that at this time last year," head of marketing Steve Norris added.