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

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'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.'s Top 50 list is based on more than 30,000 hotel room booking requests made on'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, believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of Labor Day travel trends. ( 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'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."'s Top 50 Destinations for Labor Day 2010




New York City, Times Square/Theater District


Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place


St. Louis, Downtown


Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop & Grant Park


Las Vegas, South Strip Vicinity


Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North


New York City, Chelsea Area


New York City, Midtown East


San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill


New York City, Hell's Kitchen


Boston, Harborfront/Aquarium


New York City, Empire State Building Area


Las Vegas, North Strip


New York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Area




San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island


Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North


Virginia Beach


San Francisco, Union Square East


Miami, South Beach/Ocean Drive


St. Catharines, Niagara Falls


Boston, Copley Square/Theater District




San Antonio, Riverwalk Area


Atlanta, Downtown


Seattle, Bellevue


Charleston, Mount Pleasant/Isle of Palms


Charleston, Downtown


Atlantic City, Atlantic City/Cape May


Napa, Napa/Sonoma


Chicago, Lincoln Park


New York City, Downtown/SoHo/Financial District


Savannah, Historic Savannah & Riverfront


San Diego, Coastal Area


New Orleans, French Quarter


Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim


Victoria (BC)


New York City, Central Park South


Orange County, Disneyland/Orange/Garden Grove


Santa Barbara


Key West


Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe


Buffalo, Amherst/Buffalo/Niagara Falls


Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metro Center


Austin, Downtown


Minneapolis/St. Paul, Downtown


Chicago, Hyde Park


Portland, Downtown


Vancouver, Downtown


Toronto, Markham

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