The Orbitz Insider Index Reveals the Top Spring Break Destinations

Survey Reveals Majority of Spring Travelers Staying Away from College Spring Break Towns And Spending Under $2,000 on Getaways

Mar 03, 2011, 08:00 ET from Orbitz.com

CHICAGO, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orbitz Insider Index today announced the top 10 destinations for Spring Break and released results of a survey revealing consumer travel habits for Spring 2011.

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Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for 2011

Based on customer booking patterns from March 1April 24, 2011, Orbitz looked at the most popular destinations for Spring travel this year. Highlights include:

  • Orlando dethrones Las Vegas as the number one Spring Break destination.
  • Florida is king of Spring Break 2011 with four of the top 10 destinations in the state (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Tampa).
  • While average daily hotel rates are up in 8 of the top 10 destinations, affordable lodging deals are still available for spring travelers.  Half of the top 10 destinations offer average daily hotel rates under $100 per night (Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, Los Angeles and Denver).

Orbitz.com Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for 2011(1)

2011 Rank

Destination

2010

Rank

2011 ADR

 2010 ADR

YOY ADR % Change

1

Orlando

3

$           95.00

 $           88.00

+ 7%

2

Las Vegas

1

$         101.00

 $           88.00

+ 15%

3

Cancun

15

$         208.00

 $         198.00

+ 5%

4

Phoenix

5

$         114.00

 $           96.00

+ 19%

5

Fort Lauderdale

7

$         138.00

 $         125.00

+ 10%

6

Fort Myers

16

$           99.00

 $           95.00

+ 4%

7

Tampa

12

$           93.00

 $           90.00

+ 3%

8

New York

2

$         207.00

 $         200.00

+ 4%

9

Los Angeles

4

$           97.00

 $         104.00

- 7%

10

Denver

11

$           92.00

 $           96.00

- 4%



Three Tips for Scoring a Spring Break within Budget

According to a recent survey fielded by Orbitz.com, 75 percent of Spring Break travelers plan to keep their spring travel budget under $2,000.  Orbitz.com Senior Travel Editor, Jeanenne Tornatore, offers three tips for scoring a fantastic Spring Break getaway that won't break the bank:  

Consider Off-Season City Escapes:  Travelers looking for a spring getaway that will offer lots of fun minus the big budget should consider a city escape, particularly in a destination in its off-season like Chicago or Boston.  "Hotels in big-city, off-season destinations will likely have excess inventory and are offering deals that will be hard for travelers to pass up," says Tornatore.   

Search for Hotel Promotions: "Looking for hotel promotions like 4th night free, 'kids stay free' or 'kids eat free' is a great way to save money on a Spring getaway," continues Tornatore.  For example, on Orbitz.com, all RockResorts from Jamaica to Vail are offering a Spring Break on Us promotion, giving consumers a 5th night free(2) for stays through April.  

Package Deals are "Savings" Gold:  "Buying a package deal is like putting a piece of gold back into a traveler's pocket," says Tornatore.  "On Orbitz.com travelers can realize big savings by booking travel items together."  The Orbitz Packages Display Matrix makes it quick and easy to see all flight and hotel package options and what you will save by booking items together.   

Other Notable Highlights from the Orbitz Spring Travel Survey

  • Beaches (29%), cruises (25%) and city escapes (24%) were of interest to most travelers booking a Spring Break trip this year. 
  • An overwhelming 88% of travelers will avoid destinations that are thought to be college Spring Break party destinations, opting to find a more relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Proving that the destinations are recovering from last year's oil spill, over half of Spring Break travelers would consider the Florida Gulf Coast and surrounding beaches for their Spring beach getaway.

Terms and Conditions

(1) Top 10 Spring Break destinations based on Orbitz.com flight + package bookings for travel from March 1, 2011 - April 24, 2011, for bookings made as of Feb 10, 2011.

(2) Free night savings will be reflected as a percent savings over the entire length of stay when searching for qualified dates. Free night varies depending on property, length of stay, and travel dates. Book by 4/15/11 for travel from 2/1/11 - 4/30/11. Minimum night stay is required, but will vary by property, travel dates, and availability. Resort fee and taxes apply.

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