Hotwire Reveals the Top Ten Most Popular New Year's Destinations
Travelers Opt to Ring in the New Year in Traditional Celebration Cities and
Warm Weather Locales
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Hotwire.com, a leading discount
travel site, today announced the top ten most popular destinations where
revelers plan to ring in the New Year. This year, in addition to visiting
popular festive cities like New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans, travelers are
running from the winter weather and setting their sights on warmer, southern
destinations, like Orlando, San Diego and Miami, which make up more than half
of this year's list.
Orlando is a popular New Year's Eve getaway for families because many of its
theme parks have big seasonal celebrations, so it's no surprise that it
returns to the top of the list again in 2012. Chicago, on the other hand,
follows at second and has moved up two spots since last year. With a huge
fireworks display over Lake Michigan, the Windy City has pushed perennial
favorites Las Vegas and New York down a spot to third and fourth place,
followed by international hot spot Miami, which is a newcomer to the list at
San Francisco – where people will line up along the Embarcadero to watch
fireworks launched from barges in the bay – moved up one spot to sixth place,
and is followed by another newcomer to the list, London, at seventh.
Meanwhile, San Diego moved up one spot to number eight, followed by Los
Angeles and New Orleans, which respectively fell from sixth and fifth place
last year. Both LA and NOLA have nightlife scenes as good as, or better than,
any other destination on the list, and combined with the warm weather that
folks seem to be looking for this year, both can also prove especially
enticing for New Year's Eve travel.
The 10 most popular New Year's destinations by hotel bookings, along with
average nightly prices for each are as follows:
Rank City Average Nightly Rates on Hotwire*
1. Orlando, Florida $73
2. Chicago, Illinois $88
3. Las Vegas, Nevada $133
4. New York City, New York $231
5. Miami, Florida $157
6. San Francisco, California $114
7. London, England $128
8. San Diego, California $79
9. Los Angeles, California $111
10. New Orleans, Louisiana $142
"Booking trends show that travelers are opting for warm weather backdrops for
their New Year's Eve celebrations alongside the bigger, more traditional
celebration cities," said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group.
"Although travelers can never go wrong ringing in the New Year in iconic
places like New York or Las Vegas, some of the best deals and great
experiences can be found in cities like Orlando, Chicago and San Diego, where
you can stay over the holiday for under $100 per night."
*The 10 most popular New Year's destinations and average prices are based on
hotel bookings made on Hotwire.com on December 4, 2012, for travel between
December 30, 2012 and January 2, 2013.
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