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Smartphone Light Shows, Live Music, Fireworks? Hotels.com Uncovers Five Unique New Year's Eve Experiences



Smartphone Light Shows, Live Music, Fireworks? Hotels.com Uncovers Five Unique
                          New Year's Eve Experiences

Ring in the New Year with some of the most distinct celebrations around the
world

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 12, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 3…2…1….Happy New Year! Want to launch
the New Year with a large, distinctive experience? Hotels.com® has compiled a
list of five of the most diverse New Year's Eve celebrations around the world
for travelers to enjoy either this year or in the future.

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121212/DA27979)

"New Year's is a fun and festive time to travel and also a great time to
resolve to travel more," said Taylor L. Cole, director of public relations and
social media, North America at Hotels.com. "Whether looking to book a last
minute getaway for New Year's Eve, vowing to unwind on a spa weekend getaway
or promising to hit the slopes during a ski vacation, Hotels.com wants to help
you fulfill your travel resolution in the upcoming year and find the perfect
place to do it." 

Most Interactive Celebration

As one of the first cities to celebrate the New Year, Sydney, Australia, is
known for going above and beyond to ring in the New Year. This year the city
of Sydney is inviting revelers to download an app and participate in
smartphone-generated light shows coordinated with one of the largest firework
celebrations in the world - 11,000 shells, 100,000 phyrotechnic effects and
25,000 shooting comets.

Largest Open-Air Celebration

Known as one of the biggest open-air New Year's Eve party in the world,
Berlin's New Year's festivities attract over one million travelers. With the
Brandenburg Gate as the backdrop, partiers can enjoy over two kilometers of
party fun between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Enjoy live
music and DJs, bars, laser shows, international food vendors, and dance
floors. The best part? The party does not require a reservation or a name on a
list to attend; it's open to the public!

Highest Firework Celebration

Standing 160 stories tall, the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in
downtown Dubai plays host to the world's tallest pyrotechnic displays. The
extravagant firework show commences at the stroke of midnight and is
broadcasted live to over two billion homes globally. This year, guests can see
Snoop Dogg in concert with Faithless, Gorillaz and Armand Van Helden. The
Queen Elizabeth 2 will also be docked in Dubai and play host to a New Year's
Eve Gala Dinner.

Most Expensive Celebration

Are diamonds, champagne and caviar your style? Then consider kicking off the
start of 2013 in South Beach at the club WALL. Costing $700 per ticket,
travelers can enjoy an exclusive live performance by world-renowned artist
OTTO KNOWS, gain general admission to the club, WET, and enjoy the live New
Year's Eve countdown.

Longest Celebration

Hogmanay, the Scots word for the last day of the year, is a three day New
Year's Eve celebration in Edinburgh, Scotland, packed with live music,
carnivals, torchlight processions, film screenings, a New Year's Day triathlon
and Dogmanay (dogsled racing). On New Year's Eve, join 80,000 of your closest
friends on the streets below the famous Edinburgh Castle for live music and
entertainment, DJ's, outdoor bars and food vendors and the Midnight Firework
display.

Find the latest hotel deals and seasonal sales in these fabulous destinations
by adding them to your wish list in the Hotels.com Deals For You app on
Facebook. To book your last minute New Year's Eve getaway or to get started on
your New Year's travel resolution, visit www.hotels.com, call 1-800-2-hotels,
use our mobile apps.

Press Contacts:

Megan Tyrie, Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: 212-593-5815
Email: megan.tyrie@finnpartners.com    

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com

About Hotels.com^®

Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through its global
network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travelers with over 160,000
properties around the world, ranging from international chains and
all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with
all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits
from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the
best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and
promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from
users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an
informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading
loyalty program Welcome Rewards^®, customers can earn a free night for every
10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee,
if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com,
LP will refund the difference. Travelers can book online or by contacting one
of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets
can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers
to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com
publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room
price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced
in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at
www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/Hotels.comUS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcom and
on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com. LP is part
of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an
extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands. 

Hotels.com, Finding You The Perfect Place and the Hotels.com logo are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks
are property of their respective owners. © 2012 Hotels.com, LP. All rights
reserved. CST # 2083949-50

SOURCE Hotels.com

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