In a recent analysis of the
destinations most heavily booked through priceline.com `s hotel
service for the month of March, the survey found that home-soil destinations had
almost completely eclipsed vacation spots outside the U.S.
“The March Spring Break season is usually a popular time for people to get away
from Winter for awhile and unwind,” said Chris Soder, President of Priceline
Hotel Services. “That hasn`t changed this year. But with geopolitical
uncertainties, more vacationers are opting to stick closer to home in 2003.”
Among its finding, priceline.com`s March hotel booking survey reported:
—Orlando`s Disney World area is the #1 most-booked destination for March.
—47 of the top 50 destinations for March travel were within U.S. borders. Of the
top 100 destinations, 92 were in the U.S.
—Non-U.S. destinations in the top
100 included London`s Soho, Kensington and Bloomsburg districts, Vancouver,
Cancun, Toronto, Amsterdam and Montreal.
—California was the most-booked state
in the Union for March, holding down 11 of the top 50 spots. Southern
California, with its beaches and amusement park attractions, was most popular,
with San Francisco`s Bay Area close behind.
—Florida was the 2nd most-booked
state, with 10 of the top 50 spots. No surprises here - lots of bookings for
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Keys, Tampa and Orlando.
—Despite the cold, big
cities are popular. New York captured 3 of the top 50 spots, while other cities
in the top group included Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle and Philadelphia.
Priceline.com`s Name Your Own Price(R) hotel service works well for flexible
travelers who want high quality hotel accommodations at low prices.
Priceline.com hotel customers can save up to 40 percent over the rates published
on leading online hotel booking Web sites.
Priceline.com`s hotel service is easy to use. Travelers specify the dates, the
exact neighborhood, the star quality of hotel and the price they want to pay for
a room at a brand-name hotel. After receiving a customer`s purchase offer,
priceline.com then goes to work to find a quality hotel willing to accept the
customer`s price. All of the nation`s major hotel chains work with
priceline.com. In total, more than 9,000 hotels in the U.S., Europe, Asia,
Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean participate in the priceline.com system.
“Priceline.com is a great alternative for travelers who want quality
accommodations at discounted prices,” added Mr. Soder. “By letting us choose the
hotel from our inventory of top accommodations, consumers can turn their
personal flexibility into savings that can be applied to other aspects of their
trip, whether it`s restaurants, attractions, a rental car or gifts from their
trip. For some travelers, priceline.com can make the difference between an OK
and a truly memorable trip.”
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