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Big-City Fireworks and Beaches Dominate Priceline.com's List of the Most Popular Destinations for July 4th 2012
Jun 26, 2012 (04:06 PM EDT)
NORWALK, Conn., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Big cities, with their spectacular fireworks displays, and beaches from Key West to Maui, dominate priceline.com's (Nasdaq: PCLN) 2012 list of the top 50 destinations for the upcoming July 4th holiday.
New York City's Midtown West neighborhood was the most popular destination this year, edging out the Chicago neighborhoods that had occupied the top spot in 2010 and 2011. Priceline.com's annual Top 50 Destinations list is based on hotel room booking requests made by customers using priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® hotel reservation service. Because the survey is based on thousands of 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.
"This year, there were really two themes," said priceline.com's Travel Ekspert Brian Ek. "Many travelers decided to visit cities like New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington, DC, where there are big July 4th celebrations planned. Others decided to escape the recent heat wave by heading for the beaches."
There were a few surprises on the list this year. "Because the 4th falls on a Wednesday, many travelers are making a week's vacation out of it," said Ek. "And some are splurging a bit on their trips. Hawaii destinations are #6, #9 and #39. This is the first time I've seen Hawaii ranked so high, or so many times. Despite record high international summer airfares, London and Paris made the list, perhaps because of the recent strength of the dollar."
Priceline.com says it still has airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and air & hotel packages available for July 4th travel. Visit http://www.priceline.com for full details.
Priceline.com's Top 50 Destinations for July 4th 2012
#1 New York City, Midtown West
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