Priceline.com Reveals Top Labor Day, Fall Destinations for 2015
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
As we look ahead to Labor Day Weekend, priceline.com has released its top destinations for Labor Day 2015, as well as the best value hotspots.
Not surprisingly, Las Vegas is the No. 1 Labor Day destination, based on bookings made on priceline.com. Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Seattle round out the top five.
Of the top five destinations, Vegas is the cheapest, sporting an average daily rate (ADR) of $109.83. NYC is the most expensive, with an ADR of more than $250.
California is the most popular state for the holiday weekend, boasting four cities in the top 20 for the second year in a row (San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and Los Angeles).
The destinations that have experienced the greatest decrease in ADR, compared to last Labor Day Weekend, are (in order): Barcelona, Spain ($162/night, down 30.3 percent); St. Catherines-Niagara Falls, Ontario ($135/night, down 16.2 percent); Atlantic City-Cape May, New Jersey ($151/night, down 14.7 percent); Lake Tahoe, California ($125/night, down 10.8 percent); and Toronto, Ontario ($117/night, down 10.4 percent).
In fact, more than 65 percent of priceline.com’s top destinations this Labor Day Weekend feature an ADR of under $150.
Destinations that have experienced the greatest jump in popularity include: Paris (from No. 116 to No. 36), Barcelona (from No. 145 to No. 37) and Rome (from No. 124 to No. 46).
“We’ve seen significant jumps on this year’s list from international destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, London and Rome, which is most likely due to the rising strength of the dollar, resulting in deals to be had for travelers,” said priceline.com travel analyst Brian Ek, via a release. “Meanwhile, expect major U.S. cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia to be crowded over the long weekend for the last hurrah of summer.”
Overall, for Summer 2015, California is the No. 1 destination, based on bookings made for June 22 to Sept. 21 on priceline.com.
For the upcoming fall season, Florida is the No. 1 destination in 23 states, compared to California, which is No. 1 in 20 states.
International travel also appears to pick up during the fall season. Europe and Asia were top-five destinations for nine U.S. states. South America was a top-five destination for five states.
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