NORWALK, Conn., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) today released its annual survey of the 50 most-popular destinations for the upcoming Independence Day weekend. This year, Chicago's Millennium Park replaces last year's winner, New Orleans, as the most popular July 4th destination among Priceline customers.
The survey is based on more than 30,000 hotel room booking requests made by customers using priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® hotel reservation service. Because the survey is based on credit card-backed booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, priceline.com believes the annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of July 4th travel trends.
Commenting on the survey, priceline.com's in-house "Travel Ekspert" Brian Ek said, "This year's list may be showing the effects of the BP oil spill. New Orleans dropped 25 places on the list, from #1 last year to #26 this year. Another favorite Gulf destination, Destin, FL, dropped off this year's list entirely. Beach destinations this year were concentrated on the East and West coastlines."
Looking at the rest of the list, Ek commented, "With the economy forcing many smaller towns to cut back or eliminate their fireworks displays, the beneficiaries are the big cities, like Chicago, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC, that traditionally put on elaborate July 4th events."
In New York City, July 4th visitors can look forward to Macy's famous fireworks display. Chicago is hosting its Taste of Chicago festival, along with three fireworks displays on the North Side, South Side and at Navy Pier. Boston has the 6-day long Harborfest celebration with fireworks, the Boston Pops and Toby Keith. And Washington, DC, will have the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol with Reba McEntire and David Archuleta, an Independence Day parade and fireworks on the National Mall.
Ek added that there were two surprises on the list that could portend a healthy summer tourism season ahead for those regions. "The Niagara Falls vicinity made the list four times this year, which is unusual," Ek said. "And there was a particularly strong showing for cities in the Northwest, including Seattle, Anchorage, Victoria and Vancouver."
Priceline www.priceline.com said it still has reservations available for hotel rooms, airline tickets, vacation packages and rental cars for the long weekend, often at significant discounts over other online travel reservation services. To see the special July 4th deals, visit http://travela.priceline.com/promo/deals/july4th/deals.html and, for last-minute deals, www.priceline.com/pricebreakers/.
The Priceline Top 50 Destinations List for July 4th 2010
Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area
St. Louis, Downtown
Boston, Harbor Front/Aquarium
Toronto, Downtown South
Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area
St. Catharines, Niagara Falls
Washington, DC, White House/Downtown
Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place
Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South
Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North
San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
Boston, Copley Square/Theater District
Atlantic City/Cape May
San Diego, Coastal Area
New York City, Times Square/Theater District
Myrtle Beach South
San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill
Las Vegas, Strip North
North Niagara Falls
New Orleans, Downtown
San Antonio, Riverwalk Area
New York City, Hell's Kitchen
Washington, DC, Convention Center/Capitol Hill Area
Savannah, Historic Savannah and Riverfront
Newport (RI), Goat Island & Newport Beach
San Diego, Point Loma/Shelter Island/Old Town
Boston, Fenway Park Area
Chicago, Lincoln Park
San Diego, Mission Valley
Atlanta, Buckhead Area
Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe
Ocean City (MD)
Washington, DC, Georgetown/Foggy Bottom
Anchorage, South Anchorage/Airport
Vancouver (BC), Downtown
Boston, North Cambridge/Arlington
San Diego, Kearny Mesa/Mission Valley North
New York City, Empire State Building Area
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