Columbus Day top spots revealed

In a priceline.com survey of destinations receiving the most hotel room reservation requests for the upcoming Columbus Day long weekend (October 7-9), New York City’s
Upper Midtown/Central Park South neighborhood is the number-one place to
be.

To compile its list of the Top 50 Columbus Day travel destinations,
priceline.com looked at a sampling of more than 30,000 hotel room booking
requests made by priceline.com customers. Since the priceline.com study is
based on actual booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or
votes, priceline.com believes the study is one of the more accurate
predictors of future travel trends.

Priceline.com said it still has plenty of last-minute airline tickets,
hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises available for
Columbus Day getaways. Visit www.priceline.com for full details.

In addition to the top spot, New York neighborhoods took four of the top
10 spots on the list. Several other major cities made a priceline.com Top
50 holiday travel list for the first time this year, including Houston,
Dallas and Minneapolis. Also of particular interest is the strong showing
among international destinations, which took nine spots on the list.

The Priceline.com Top 50 Destinations List for Columbus Day 2006

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Rank     Neighborhood

1       New York City, Upper Midtown/Central Park South

2       Chicago, Millemmium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area

3       Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity

4       New York City, Midtown West

5       New York City, Downtown/SoHo/Financial District

6       New York City, Midtown East

7       San Francisco, Union Square West

8       Boston, Copley

9       Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area

10     San Francisco, Union Square East/Embarcadero

11     Boston, Downtown/Charlestown

12     Orange County, Disneyland Area

13     Las Vegas, Convention Center/UNLV Area

14     Washington, DC, White House/Downtown

15     Orlando, Disney World Vicinity

16     Orlando, Universal Studios/Sea World

17     San Diego, Coastal Area

18     Boston, Brighton/Brookline

19     London, Bloomsbury/Marble Arch

20     San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island

21     San Antonio, Downtown/Riverwalk

22     Paris, Eiffel Tower/Grenelle/Montparnasse

23     San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf

24     Philadelphia, Downtown

25     Orange County, Costa Mesa/Irvine

26     Seattle, Downtown

27     Minneapolis, Downtown

28     New York City, Midtown South

29     San Diego, Point Loma/Shelter Island/Old Town

30     Maui, Wailea/Makena

31     Houston, Galleria

32     Rome, Central Area

33     Orlando, West Disney Area

34     Montreal

35     Los Angeles, Beverly Hills/Hollywood

36     Las Vegas, West of Strip

37     San Diego, East County

38     Vancouver

39     Oahu, Waikiki South

40     Orlando, Sand Lake Corporate Park

41     Oahu, Waikiki North

42     Phoenix, Scottsdale

43     Oahu, Diamond Head Area

44     St. Catharines, Niagara Falls

45     San Diego, Coronado

46     Paris, St. Germain/Latin Quarter

47     Dallas, Downtown

48     Brighton, UK

49     Burlington, VT

50     Madrid, Old Madrid
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