Priceline.com Finds Major U.S. Cities Are Big Winners As Travelers Stay Closer To Home For Labor Day 2010

Aug 19, 2010, 09:15 ET from Priceline.com

NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The see-saw battle between U.S. and international cities for Labor Day tourists took another turn this year, as many travelers decided to spend summer's last long holiday weekend (Sept. 4-6) in the States, according to priceline.com's (Nasdaq: PCLN) annual list of the Top 50 Labor Day Destinations.

Last year, no fewer than 11 international destinations made the Labor Day list, with travelers jetting off to London, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona and Paris.  This year's list was dominated by cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Las Vegas.

Priceline.com's Top 50 list is based on more than 30,000 hotel room booking requests made on priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® hotel service for the holiday.  Because the survey is based on actual booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, priceline.com believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of Labor Day travel trends.

Priceline.com (www.priceline.com) said it still has plenty of last-minute airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages, tours and attractions, and cruises available for Labor Day getaways.  

"Even with very attractive foreign exchange rates, the price of an international airline ticket may have convinced travelers to spend Labor Day closer to home," said priceline.com's Senior Travel Analyst Brian Ek.  "Consequently, you're likely to see bigger crowds for the holiday in the major U.S. cities, especially the downtown areas that are home to restaurants, theaters and back-to-school shopping."

Ek continued, "One other positive note is what's happening in destinations affected by the oil spill news.  Miami, Key West and New Orleans all made the Labor Day list, and New Orleans' French Quarter climbed from #42 on the list last year to #35 this year."

Priceline.com's Top 50 Destinations for Labor Day 2010

Rank

Neighborhood



#1

New York City, Times Square/Theater District

#2

Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place

#3

St. Louis, Downtown

#4

Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop & Grant Park

#5

Las Vegas, South Strip Vicinity

#6

Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North

#7

New York City, Chelsea Area

#8

New York City, Midtown East

#9

San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill

#10

New York City, Hell's Kitchen

#11

Boston, Harborfront/Aquarium

#12

New York City, Empire State Building Area

#13

Las Vegas, North Strip

#14

New York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Area

#15

Monterey

#16

San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island

#17

Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North

#18

Virginia Beach

#19

San Francisco, Union Square East

#20

Miami, South Beach/Ocean Drive

#21

St. Catharines, Niagara Falls

#22

Boston, Copley Square/Theater District

#23

Montreal

#24

San Antonio, Riverwalk Area

#25

Atlanta, Downtown

#26

Seattle, Bellevue

#27

Charleston, Mount Pleasant/Isle of Palms

#28

Charleston, Downtown

#29

Atlantic City, Atlantic City/Cape May

#30

Napa, Napa/Sonoma

#31

Chicago, Lincoln Park

#32

New York City, Downtown/SoHo/Financial District

#33

Savannah, Historic Savannah & Riverfront

#34

San Diego, Coastal Area

#35

New Orleans, French Quarter

#36

Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim

#37

Victoria (BC)

#38

New York City, Central Park South

#39

Orange County, Disneyland/Orange/Garden Grove

#40

Santa Barbara

#41

Key West

#42

Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe

#43

Buffalo, Amherst/Buffalo/Niagara Falls

#44

Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metro Center

#45

Austin, Downtown

#46

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Downtown

#47

Chicago, Hyde Park

#48

Portland, Downtown

#49

Vancouver, Downtown

#50

Toronto, Markham



About The Priceline Group of Companies

The Priceline Group of Companies (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with approximately 61 million room nights booked in 2009.  The Group is composed of four primary brands – Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw.  The Priceline Group provides online travel services in 38 languages in 98 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Based in Amsterdam, Booking.com is a leading international online hotel reservation service operating in 87 countries in 36 languages.  Booking.com offers its customers access to approximately 96,000 participating hotels worldwide.

In the U.S., priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. Priceline.com also operates the following travel websites: Travelweb.com, Lowestfare.com, RentalCars.com and BreezeNet.com.

Singapore-based Agoda.com is an Asian online hotel reservation service that offers hotel rooms around the world and is available in 30 languages.  With headquarters in Manchester, UK, TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries.  Customer support is provided in 20 languages.

SOURCE Priceline.com



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