Priceline.com has just released its 7th annual list of the top 50 destinations in the United States for ringing in the New Year. And the Number-One party place this year is the Las Vegas Strip, which has now been voted number-1 destination for the 6th year in a row for New Year’s Eve revelers.
Priceline.com’s Top 50 Destinations list is a guide for those who want to find the crowds – or stay well away from them on the New Year. To compile its list, priceline.com looked at a sampling of thousands of Name Your Own PriceÂ®Â hotel room booking requests made by priceline.com customers for the New Year’s 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 New Year’s travel trends. Also, by focusing on hotels instead of airline tickets, the priceline.com survey is able to include the travel intentions of consumers who will drive to their destination.
“Much like last year, a handful of cities were the big winners in drawing New Year’s revelers,” said Brian Ek, aÂ Senior Travel Analyst for Priceline. “Las Vegas made the list six times, including the top spot. Meanwhile, with the 11 times it made this year’s list, I predict that New York City can expect big crowds for its annual ball dropping.
“Other cities that made the list multiple times were Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston,” he said. “Party-goers, particularly in the eastern half of the country, will be encouraged by the fact that Blizzard 2010 appears to be behind us and temperatures are expected to warm up a bit as this week progresses.”
Priceline still has last-minute airline tickets http://www.priceline.com/flights/, hotel rooms http://www.priceline.com/hotels/ and rental cars http://www.priceline.com/rentalcars/ available for New Year’s travelers.
For those in search of even deeper savings, there’s priceline.com’s Name Your Own PriceÂ®Â hotel service that can save up to 50 percent over published hotel prices. With Priceline’s Name Your Own PriceÂ®Â hotel service, customers pick the dates, part of town, hotel star level and price they want to pay for their room. If that price is accepted by a priceline.com partner hotel, the booking is completed and customers receive their hotel details. And, for those New Year’s partygoers who find themselves stuck in town without a hotel room, there’s always Priceline’s free Hotel Negotiator app for the iPhone and now Android devices. The apps help travelers find and book rooms, even on the same day you need them.
Priceline.com’s Top 50 New Year’s Destinations
Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip North
New York City, Times Square/Theater District
Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip South
New York City, Midtown West
New York City, Midtown East
New Orleans, French Quarter
New York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Center Area
New York City, Central Park South
New York City, Empire State Building Area
New York City, Chelsea Area
New Orleans, Downtown
Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North
New York City, Downtown/Soho/Financial District
New York City, Hell’s Kitchen
Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North
New York City, Upper East Side
New York City, Upper West Side
San Francisco, Union Square East
Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park
Miami, South Beach/Collins Avenue/Oceanfront
San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill
Miami, South Beach/Ocean Drive
Orlando, Lake Buena Vista/Downtown Disney
New Orleans, Convention Center, Warehouse/Arts District
Los Angeles, Hollywood
Las Vegas, Near Strip East
Las Vegas, Convention Center
San Francisco, Financial District/Embarcadero
Miami, South Beach – Central
Las Vegas, Near Strip West
Orlando, Sea World/International Drive/Convention Center
San Francisco, Fishermans Wharf
Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District
Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Area/International Drive North
Toronto, Downtown South
Fort Lauderdale, Beach Area
San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
Los Angeles, Beverly Hills/West Hollywood
Oahu, Waikiki Beach Area
Miami, Miami Beach
Boston, Copley Square/Theater District
Orlando, Disney Maingate/Celebration
Atlanta, Buckhead Area
San Francisco, Civic Center
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 100 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 92 countries in 38 languages. Booking.com offers its customers access to over 105,000 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(R) 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 32 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.
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