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Orbitz Insider Index Reveals Top 10 Destinations for Labor Day Weekend Big Cities New York, Vegas and Chicago Top the List as Most Popular Destinations

CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com) today released its annual Labor Day edition of the Orbitz Insider Index, ranking the most popular destinations for travelers on the last long weekend of the summer vacation season. Big cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Chicago top the list this year.

Other key findings from the Orbitz Labor Day 2011 Index, which tracked both the most popularly booked destinations as well as pricing trends for flights and hotels in these cities, include:

  • Destinations offering the best hotel deals over the Labor Day weekend include Denver ($89 per night), Atlanta ($98 per night) and Orlando ($104 per night).
  • The best average round-trip ticket prices can be found for trips to Orlando ($240), Atlanta ($269) and Boston ($286).
  • Four cities have grown in popularity over last year: Denver (#5 to #4), Orlando (#8 to #7), Boston (#9 to #8) and Los Angeles (#10 to #9).
  • Slipping in popularity this year were Atlanta (#7 to #10) and Seattle (#4 to #5).

Orbitz Insider Index: Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Destinations - 2011*

2011

2010

YOY Change

Rank

City

Average
Airfare

Average
Daily Hotel
Rate

Rank

Average
Airfare

Average
Daily Hotel
Rate

Average
Airfare

Average
Daily Hotel
Rate

1

New York

$329

$229

1

$294

$223

12%

3%

2

Las Vegas

$325

$114

2

$327

$105

-1%

8%

3

Chicago

$313

$139

3

$302

$116

4%

20%

4

Denver

$310

$90

5

$280

$84

10%

7%

5

Seattle

$346

$134

4

$329

$118

5%

14%

6

San Francisco

$386

$148

6

$346

$119

12%

25%

7

Orlando

$240

$104

8

$231

$76

4%

36%

8

Boston

$286

$162

9

$271

$139

5%

17%

9

Los Angeles

$368

$135

10

$315

$106

17%

27%

10

Atlanta

$269

$98

7

$269

$97

0%

1%



*The city ranking is based on air + package + hotel bookings on Orbitz.com for travel from Friday – Monday of Labor Day weekend. The average hotel rates are based on standalone hotel bookings on Orbitz. The airfare is based on standalone airfare bookings on Orbitz. All are based on bookings made as of August 1, 2011.

"With average hotel rates as low as $114 in Las Vegas and $104 in Orlando over a major holiday weekend, it's no surprise these destinations make this year's Top 10 list," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com. "Even a city like New York, which typically has higher hotel rates, is offering great deals over Labor Day weekend. For example, New York's Park Central in Manhattan has a 30 percent discount on select room types over the holiday weekend."  

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book a broad array of travel products, including flightshotelscar rentalscruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public 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 Flight Price Assurance, Hotel Price Assurance and Total Price hotel search results. On Orbitz.com consumers can search more than 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide. Stay connected to Orbitz.com with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on FacebookTwitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.

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, CheapTickets, ebookers, HotelClub, RatesToGo and the Away Network. Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business delivers managed corporate travel solutions for corporations. Orbitz Worldwide uses its Investor Relations website to make information available to its investors and the public at http://investors.orbitz.com. You can sign up to receive email alerts whenever the company posts new information to the website.

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