Travelocity’s 2010 Memorial Day Hotel Report shows summer travelers are planning on hitting the beaches in abundance this holiday, and it’s no wonder. Snowfall and cold weather set records in New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and even Miami – major feeder cities for many of the top beach destinations. The good news is that from big-city stretches of sand to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the unofficial start of summer brings with it great hotel deals for travelers.
With the exception of South Florida, every one of the top ten beach destinations is showing a year-over-year decrease in Average Daily Rates (ADR) for Memorial Day. “This means travelers are getting even better hotel deals this Memorial Day weekend than last,” said Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity’s senior editor.
Hotel deals are particularly important this year as an increase in traveler confidence combined with airline capacity cuts means airfare will cost more this Memorial Day weekend than last. Domestic airfare is up eight percent as compared to 2009 and international airfare is up 12 percent.
“Beyond great pricing, there are a few tricks travelers should employ to save even more on their vacation,” said Brown. “Choosing a Top Secret hotel means getting up to 45 percent off published hotel rates for 3- and 4-star hotels, while booking your trip in a vacation package will save travelers up to $525.” Top Secret hotels and vacation packages are available in every one of the top ten bargain beach destinations.