Orbitz Insider Index Reveals Top 10 Labor Day Destinations Hot Hotel Deals Close to Home Make City Escapes an Easy Choice for Summer's Last Long Weekend

CHICAGO, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) today released its annual "Labor Day Weekend" edition of the Insider Index, highlighting the top 10 U.S. and International destinations where Americans will travel to enjoy the last long weekend of the 2010 summer travel season.

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"Metropolitan destinations, close to home top travelers' lists as the most popular destinations this Labor Day," said Jeanenne Tornatore, Senior Travel Editor for Orbitz Worldwide.  "Although international hoteliers are still offering consumers significant reductions in nightly rates versus historic levels, stateside locales will benefit the most over the Labor Day weekend as travelers open their wallets to take advantage of deeply discounted hotel rates."

Noteworthy highlights from this year's Index:

  • Overall, the top 10 Labor Day hotspots booked on Orbitz are all U.S. destinations.
  • Las Vegas continues to prove it is the King of the long weekend getaway, topping the list as the number one Labor Day destination for three years straight.
  • At number one on the International list, Cancun is the traveler's choice; but Toronto, at number 8, provides the best value with an average daily hotel rate of $107 USD per night.
  • Those wanting take a vacation to bid a final farewell to Summer, but have limited funds, should set their sights on Denver, Orlando and Los Angeles, all offering average daily hotel rates under $100 per night.  

ORBITZ LABOR DAY INSIDER INDEX DATA


Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Destinations
(overall) - 2010

2010 Rank(1)

Destination

Average Daily
Hotel Rate(2)

1

Las Vegas

$106

2

New York

$215

3

Chicago

$114

4

Denver

$81

5

Seattle

$119

6

San Francisco

$119

7

Atlanta

$117

8

Boston

$145

9

Orlando

$79

10

Los Angeles

$98



(1) Based on Air, Hotel and Hotel plus Air Package bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel from 9/3/2010 to 9/6/2010. Bookings made as of 8/19/2010.

(2) Average Daily Hotel Rates were calculated based on all hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com as of 8/3/2010 for travel between Sept. 3-6, 2010.  




Top 10 International Labor Day Weekend
Destinations - 2010

2010 Rank(1)

Destination

Average Daily
Hotel Rate(2)

1

Cancun, Mexico

$165

2

London, Great Britain

$148

3

Paris, France

$216

4

San Juan, Puerto Rico

$126

5

Rome, Italy

$153

6

San Jose Cabo, Mexico

$142

7

Barcelona, Spain

$141

8

Toronto, Canada

$107

9

Vancouver, Canada

$134

10

Montego Bay, Jamaica

$160



(1) Based on Air, Hotel and Hotel plus Air package bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel from 9/3/2010 to 9/6/2010. Bookings made as of 8/19/2010.

(2) Average Daily Hotel Rates were calculated based on all hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com as of 8/3/2010 for travel between Sept. 3-6, 2010.  



CITIES A HOTBED OF HOLIDAY WEEKEND ACTIVITY

Beyond the obvious travel deals, what's the big draw to the metropolitan destinations over Labor Day weekend? Orbitz took a closer look at a few of the most popular spots to find some of the cool things these cities have to offer travelers.  

Las Vegas

In a town known for its headlining acts, travelers to Sin City over the holiday weekend will find no shortage of stellar entertainment options. From the smooth sounds of David Gray and Ray Lamontagne on Friday night (9/3) at the Palms Casino Resort, to the irreverent comedic talent of Chelsea Handler at Caesars Palace on Saturday (9/4), it's no surprise why American visitors will travel across the country to visit Vegas. Other top acts this Labor Day weekend include Melissa Etheridge at the Palms on Saturday (9/4), The Doobie Brothers at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday (9/4) and Sunday (9/5), and Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday (9/1) through Sunday (9/5).

Chicago

Labor Day visitors to the historic and festive Windy City looking for ways to celebrate will also find abundant options. Music lovers can stroll through Grant Park to check out the 32nd annual Chicago Jazz Festival, while sports fans can venture north to the bustling neighborhood of Wrigleyville, where the Chicago Cubs will host the New York Mets at iconic Wrigley Field. Other local neighborhoods will also be hosting a number of festivals, including the North Coast Music Festival, the African Festival of Arts, and the Taste of Polonia, all running throughout the weekend.

Seattle

Seattle does Labor Day weekend in a pretty big way. There's Bumbershoot, a major music and arts festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. This huge 3-day event covers 74 acres and boasts 2,500 artists, dance lessons, parades and more. This year's major acts include Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow and De La Soul.  Visitors will also be able check out the 1 Reel Film Festival, presenting more than 100 U.S. and international short films as well as three feature films.

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com (www.orbitz.com) is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its Web site 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.

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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), the Away Network (www.away.com), and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com). For more information on partnership opportunities with Orbitz Worldwide, visit corp.orbitz.com.

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