Priceline.com finds major U.S. cities are big winners as travelers stay closer to home for Labor Day

Priceline.com finds major U.S. cities are big winners as travelers stay closer to home for Labor Day

The see-saw battle between U.S. and international cities for Labor Day tourists took another turn this year, as many travelers decided to spend summer’s last long holiday weekend (Sept. 4-6) in the States, according to priceline.com’s annual list of the Top 50 Labor Day Destinations.

Last year, no fewer than 11 international destinations made the Labor Day list, with travelers jetting off to London, Rome, Berlin, Barcelona and Paris. This year’s list was dominated by cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Las Vegas.

Priceline.com’s Top 50 list is based on more than 30,000 hotel room booking requests made on priceline.com’s Name Your Own Price(R) hotel service for the 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 Labor Day travel trends.

Priceline.com (www.priceline.com) said it still has plenty of last-minute airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages, tours and attractions, and cruises available for Labor Day getaways.

“Even with very attractive foreign exchange rates, the price of an international airline ticket may have convinced travelers to spend Labor Day closer to home,” said priceline.com’s Senior Travel Analyst Brian Ek. “Consequently, you’re likely to see bigger crowds for the holiday in the major U.S. cities, especially the downtown areas that are home to restaurants, theaters and back-to-school shopping.”

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Ek continued, “One other positive note is what’s happening in destinations affected by the oil spill news. Miami, Key West and New Orleans all made the Labor Day list, and New Orleans’ French Quarter climbed from #42 on the list last year to #35 this year.”

Priceline.com’s Top 50 Destinations for Labor Day 2010

  Rank     Neighborhood
  ——    ——————

          New York City, Times Square/Theater
  #1       District
  #2       Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place
  #3       St. Louis, Downtown
          Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop & Grant
  #4       Park
  #5       Las Vegas, South Strip Vicinity
          Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River
  #6       North
  #7       New York City, Chelsea Area
  #8       New York City, Midtown East
          San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob
  #9       Hill
  #10     New York City, Hell’s Kitchen
  #11     Boston, Harborfront/Aquarium
          New York City, Empire State Building
  #12       Area
  #13     Las Vegas, North Strip
          New York City, Madison Square Garden/
  #14       Convention Area
  #15     Monterey
  #16     San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
  #17     Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North
  #18     Virginia Beach
  #19     San Francisco, Union Square East
  #20     Miami, South Beach/Ocean Drive
  #21     St. Catharines, Niagara Falls
  #22     Boston, Copley Square/Theater District
  #23     Montreal
  #24     San Antonio, Riverwalk Area
  #25     Atlanta, Downtown
  #26     Seattle, Bellevue
          Charleston, Mount Pleasant/Isle of
  #27       Palms
  #28     Charleston, Downtown
  #29     Atlantic City, Atlantic City/Cape May
  #30     Napa, Napa/Sonoma
  #31     Chicago, Lincoln Park
          New York City, Downtown/SoHo/
  #32       Financial District
          Savannah, Historic Savannah &
  #33       Riverfront
  #34     San Diego, Coastal Area
  #35     New Orleans, French Quarter
  #36     Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim
  #37     Victoria (BC)
  #38     New York City, Central Park South
          Orange County, Disneyland/Orange/
  #39       Garden Grove
  #40     Santa Barbara
  #41     Key West
  #42     Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe
  #43     Buffalo, Amherst/Buffalo/Niagara Falls
          Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metro
  #44       Center
  #45     Austin, Downtown
  #46     Minneapolis/St. Paul, Downtown
  #47     Chicago, Hyde Park
  #48     Portland, Downtown
  #49     Vancouver, Downtown
  #50     Toronto, Markham