Las Vegas Tops Sexiest Cities and Most Popular Destination Lists for Valentine's Day, According to Orbitz Insider Index Orbitz Kicks Off "Long Weekend" Campaign with 15 Percent off Hotels Nationwide

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This Valentine's Day, ditch the chocolates and roses. According to a recent survey by Orbitz, nearly 80 percent of consumers have never received a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day and would rather be whisked away than to receive traditional gifts like flowers and candy.1 This year, the holiday of love and romance is just a day away from the Presidents Day long weekend, giving couples an excuse to sneak away for a romantic getaway. And Orbitz is heating things up even more with its annual list of Sexiest Cities, topped by #1 pick, Las Vegas – which is also the most booked destination for the long weekend; #2, Miami; and third-place winner New Orleans.

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"With Valentine's Day backing into the Presidents Day weekend this year it is easy to plan a long romantic weekend getaway," said Orbitz Senior Travel Editor Jeanenne Tornatore. "In a recent Orbitz survey, long weekends were a part of nearly three-fourths of Americans' vacation strategy with 71 percent taking the same or more long weekend vacations over the previous year.2 Travelers are increasingly working their vacation banks to their advantage and planning multiple long-weekend trips to different destinations, instead of just one long vacation."

As part of last year's Take Vacation Back campaign, Orbitz is declaring that it is the "Official Travel Site of the Long Weekend," dedicated to helping all Americans get the most out of their vacation days. Consumers can score exclusive deals, fun giveaways and find tips on getting an affordable long weekend at www.orbitz.com/longweekend. To kick it off, Orbitz is offering not-to-miss Valentine's Day and Presidents Day deals from coast to coast. Book now until February 17, 2013 and save 15 percent off select hotels using promo code: PREZ15.3

Most Popular Destinations for Valentine's Day/Presidents Day Weekend
By comparing 2012 vs. 2013 hotel bookings for Valentine's Day through Presidents Day weekend, Orbitz found:

  • New destinations to the 2013 list include Miami and Houston while sunny Cancun and San Diego fell off the list
  • New Orleans and Las Vegas are showing the biggest decrease in hotel rates with savings of 35 percent and 7 percent respectively
  • Atlantic City is new to the list and has a lot for travelers to see with new hotels, shows and a resurgence since Superstorm Sandy
  • With Mardi Gras and the Big Game revelry concluded, New Orleans will be slightly quieter, which makes for attractive hotel deals over the holiday weekend

Orbitz Top 10 Destinations for Valentine's Day/Presidents
Day Weekend4

Destination

Ranking

2013

ADR

2012

ADR

YOY

Change

Las Vegas

1

$145

$156

-7%

New York

2

$218

$197

+11%

Orlando

3

$118

$121

-3%

Miami

4

$287

$242

+18%

New Orleans

5

$191

$294

-35%

Houston

6

$126

$122

+3%

Chicago

7

$150

$125

+20%

San Francisco

8

$181

$166

+9%

Atlantic City

9

$171

$172

-0.7%

Honolulu

10

$271

$184

+48%

Sexiest Domestic and International Cities
When asked what makes a city sexy, respondents are equally enthralled with the location/scenery (32%) and its personality as represented by architecture and quaint neighborhoods (32%). Other stimulating factors declaring a city's sexiness include its culture (13%), the people (11%) and nightlife (9%). When selecting a hotel, travelers look for the following amenities to help set the mood: champagne and chocolates upon arrival (34%), breakfast in bed (27%) and couples spa services (26%).

Click here to see why travelers think Las Vegas is America's sexiest city.

Orbitz Sexiest Cities 20135

Rank

U. S. Destination

International

Destination

1

Las Vegas

Paris

2

Miami

Rio de Janeiro

3

New Orleans

Tahiti

4

San Francisco

St. Tropez

5

New York

Barcelona, Spain

6

Aspen

Monte Carlo

7

Los Angeles

Tokyo



1The Orbitz Valentine's Day/Sexiest Cities survey was fielded by Orbitz from Jan. 18-21, 2013 via insightexpress. 752 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.

2Orbitz fielded a survey via Google Consumer Surveys from Dec. 3 – 5, 2012. The survey was completed by 462 adults.

3Book a qualifying hotel between February 4, 2013 12:00AM CST and February 17, 2013 11:59PM CST, for 1 or more nights for travel between February 4, 2013 and April 15, 2013, via Orbitz and instantly receive 15% off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of a vacation package. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferrable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion.

4Top 10 Valentine's Day/Presidents Day travel destinations and average hotel prices are based on Orbitz.com hotel bookings for travel from 2/14-2/18/13 vs. the coinciding holiday period last year, 2/16-2/20/12.

5The Orbitz Valentine's Day/Sexiest Cities survey was fielded by Orbitz from Jan. 18-21, 2013 via insightexpress. 752 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.

About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo (www.ratestogo.com) and the Away Network (www.away.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution (corp.orbitz.com/partnerships/distribution) delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed corporate travel solutions for corporations. For more information on partnership opportunities with Orbitz Worldwide, visit corp.orbitz.com.

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About Orbitz.com
Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Since launching its website in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including the Orbitz Matrix Display and Orbitz Price Assurance. The Matrix Display revolutionized the way the travel industry displayed fares and makes it quick and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages. Orbitz.com also offers "Insider Steals," a weekly, members-only flash sale that provides exclusive deals of 50% or more off of handpicked hotels in top destinations around the world as well as "Mobile Steals," exclusive hotel deals of up to 50% off in the most popular destinations around the world, available to mobile consumers via m.orbitz.com and the full suite of Orbitz mobile apps. On Orbitz.com consumers can search a broad range of suppliers worldwide. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide. Stay connected to Orbitz.com with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.

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