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State's hotels offer lowest price

According to the hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), Mississippi had the lowest average price per room per night among Southern states, dropping 11 percent from last year.

The HPI also found that Florida cities were among the most popular U.S. destinations for domestic and international travelers.

Florida and Georgia experienced the greatest drop in lodging prices among Southern states with a 14 percent decrease in both states over a year.

Knoxville, Tenn., had the lowest average price per room in the South at $83, placing in the top five least expensive cities in the country. Conversely, Panama City, Fla., had the highest average price per room in the South at $154, landing in the top five most expensive cities in the country.

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