Orbitz Insider Index Predicts New Orleans, New Zealand and Charleston to be Hottest Destinations of 2013 and Uptick in

 Orbitz Insider Index Predicts New Orleans, New Zealand and Charleston to be
  Hottest Destinations of 2013 and Uptick in International Travel and Social

Orbitz 2012 year in review lists most-booked destinations, busiest travel
weeks and most popular vacation activities

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CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --2012 was a year of milestone events
domestically and internationally that helped set the tone for travel in 2013.
New Orleans, New Zealand and Charleston are projected to be among the top
destinations this year in part due to new movie releases, national events and
new hotel and flight offerings. The Orbitz "Look Back, Look Ahead" Insider
Index identifies what got travelers moving in 2012 and projects top
destinations and travel trends for the year ahead.

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Orbitz team of leading travel experts and editors have combined their
collective travel industry experience with booking data for the New Year to
round up what's expected to make waves in the travel world in 2013. Hint:
mobile is only going to continue to change the way travelers book their trips.

Hotspots for 2013:

New Orleans: After topping Travel+Leisure's Favorite Cities survey in 2012,
New Orleans is primed for even bigger things in 2013. This year the Big Easy
will host Super Bowl XLVII, the NCAA Women's Final Four, and countless food,
music and lifestyle festivals appealing to all types of travelers. Expanded
flight and hotel options – plus a $90 million road improvement project – will
make it that much easier for travelers to take in all the city has to offer.
"We expect 2013 to be a banner year for travel in New Orleans thanks to a
diverse lineup of events, new hotels like the Hotel Indigo in the Garden
District, and major airlines adding nonstop service," said Jerrold Broussard,
New Orleans destination expert and regional director for Orbitz Worldwide.

New Zealand: Americans will be heading Down Under this year in search of Bilbo
Baggins among the hillside villages and snow-capped slopes of New Zealand.
'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' the first film in a trilogy that will
include two more releases in 2013 and 2014, will keep an international media
spotlight on the destination. Tourism New Zealand reports that interest in the
destination skyrocketed before the release of the movie with Hobbit-related
searches increasing 265% in November 2012.^1 "New Zealand has so much to offer
and you don't have to be a 'Lord of the Rings' fan to appreciate the country's
historic Maori culture, witness its unique wildlife, sample the amazing
selection of local wineries, and try out any number of adventure sports, most
notably, bungee jumping," said Nic Bryant, New Zealand destination expert and
senior regional director for Orbitz Worldwide. "Tourism to New Zealand is
expected to grow about 4 percent each year over the next five years. The
destination will also be more accessible to U.S. travelers with increased
nonstop flight service from the West Coast."^2

Charleston: With a trophy shelf stocked with recent travel awards, Charleston
is a must-visit in 2013. Getting to the historic southern city will be even
easier for those on the east coast with JetBlue adding direct flights from New
York and Boston starting late February. "The city is known for its rich
history, well-preserved architecture, a thriving restaurant community and
southern hospitality. In October 2012, the Charleston area was named both Top
U.S. City and Top Destination in the World by Conde Nast Traveler Readers'
Choice Awards," said Robyn Rice, Charleston destination expert and regional
director for Orbitz Worldwide. "From the Pro Am golf tournament in March, to
the state's first multi-port billfishing tournament in June, there are also
activities for all outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year."

Sure Bets for Great Deals in 2013:

Orlando: The City Beautiful continues to reign as a go-to family and value
destination in 2013, thanks to new attractions like the expanded Fantasyland
at Magic Kingdom and hotel prices for all budgets. "Deals can be found
year-round at most Orlando hotels, including many of the Disney Resorts,
because there is a lot of hotel inventory to be filled. Orlando has always
been a destination for families because in addition to its wide choice of
theme parks and entertainment, there is great golf, restaurants and shopping
for adults," said Robyn Rice, Orlando destination expert and regional director
for Orbitz Worldwide.

Phoenix: Home to a bevy of world-renown golf and spa resorts, Phoenix is also
a hub of Southwestern culture and it's all being offered at particularly low
travel prices. The Valley of the Sun maintains average hotel rates as low as
$100, with year round art festivals and sporting events such as Spring
Training, February 22 – March 30 and NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500, March 2-4.
"For those looking for a day excursion, Tucson is a short drive and is host to
annual events such as the Tucson Gem Show, February 2-17, and the Accenture
Match Play Championship, February 18-24, as well as national shows including
'Wicked' and the Blue Man Group in 2013. Travelers interested in taking a
weekend trip to the city can take advantage of hotel rates as low as $96 in
Tucson," said Lisa Kroll, Phoenix destination expert and regional director for
Orbitz Worldwide.

Dominican Republic: Though famous for breathtaking beaches, the Dominican
Republic is also one of the Caribbean's most geographically diverse countries.
From majestic mountains to rural valleys, the country is rich in architecture
and history that locals are eagerly waiting to share with visitors. "The broad
spectrum of all-inclusive resorts provides options for travelers at all price
points and increased flights to remote areas of the island are attractive to
the adventure traveler," said John Israel, Caribbean expert and regional
director for Orbitz Worldwide.

The Comeback Kid: Atlantic City

Much of Atlantic City avoided any major permanent storm damage from Hurricane
Sandy and is ready to host travelers looking for beautiful beaches,
world-class restaurants, designer shopping, headline entertainment and more.
"There was a common misconception that Atlantic City was heavily damaged by
Hurricane Sandy but the city is very much up and running. Plus, new hotels
such as Revel, and A-list entertainment like Lady Gaga, Kanye West and the
music industry's power couple: Jay-Z and Beyonce have all helped to establish
Atlantic City as much more than just a gaming destination," said Reid Webster,
Atlantic City destination expert and regional director for Orbitz Worldwide.

What Consumers Want Most in a Hotel in 2013

Orbitz is in the business of knowing what consumers want in a hotel and
providing them with amenities that fit those needs. Based on consumer search
inquiries in 2012^3, Orbitz travel experts share what they believe will drive
hotel booking decisions in 2013.

Connectivity: Whether it's streaming a movie or Skyping with loved ones,
staying connected in your hotel room has gone from a luxury to a requirement
in the minds of most customers. With the potential for Dad on the laptop, Mom
on the smartphone and two kids watching a cartoon on the tablet, in 2013,
hotels will need to ensure they have the bandwidth to support all the Internet
demands of today's travelers.

Outdoor Options: While many traveler tendencies are trending towards
high-tech, soaking up some sunshine is still key for a good vacation. Pool,
golf and tennis options are among the top-searched hotel amenities.

Freebies: Travelers do not want to be charged for additional costs when they
check out. Free parking is the most-searched hotel amenity on Orbitz and
cost-conscious customers will continue to push hotels to include options like
Wi-Fi and airport shuttles as free perks for staying at that hotel.

Orbitz Travel Trend Predictions for 2013

Orbitz editors deem the top three travel trends for 2013 to be:

Mobile Booking: The explosive growth of smartphones and tablets continues to
move mobile from a channel for simply searching and sharing into the preferred
transactional tool for travelers. This is all the more evident with last
minute bookings by both business and leisure travelers who are changing plans
or making spur of the moment decisions. "By nature our customers are people on
the move and as a result the travel industry has been uniquely poised to
capitalize on the trust people now have in completing transactions through
their smart devices," said Chris Orton, president of Orbitz. "Nearly
two-thirds of our mobile hotel bookings are made for a stay within 24 hours,
and 21 percent of all Orbitz hotel bookings are now made via mobile devices.
Mobile-exclusive price deals are attracting customers who are quickly adopting
mobile as their preferred method to book, including buying international
travel packages off smartphones and tablets."

Orbitz broke down the most popular same-day mobile booking periods and how
much same-day mobile bookings account for total mobile bookings during those

Holiday/Date                                          Percent booked on mobile
New Year's Eve (12/31/11)                             80%
Saturday between Valentine's Day and President's Day  76%
Sunday before Labor Day (9/2/12)                      75%
Saturday before July 4^th (6/30/12)                   75%
Saturday before Halloween (10/27/12)                  74%

Uptick in International Travel: According to a 2012 Orbitz customer survey, 20
percent of travelers planned to travel internationally and ITB World Travel
Trends Report expects U.S. outbound travel to increase by 3 percent driven in
part by expanded deals to popular tropical destinations like Mexico. "European
travel will be especially attractive as the need to fill extra hotel rooms
built for the Olympics in the U.K. and the recession in Southern Europe will
drive many travel bargains for consumers," said Julia Mighall, destination
expert for Europe and regional director of Orbitz Worldwide. In 2013, European
travel will also be bolstered by interest in the Royal Family's new baby and
Ireland's continued marketing efforts around "The Gathering," a year-long
campaign to draw people of Irish descent and "Irish Spirit" to the country.

Social Rewards: Travel brands are shifting more time – and money – towards
building out their social media presence and the winner is the customer.
"Social media-savvy travelers are cashing in on deals from their favorite
travel companies, and can expect to see this trend continue to grow and become
more competitive in 2013," said Marie LaPlante, senior director of brand
marketing for Orbitz. 2013 will continue to see brands upping the ante to
attract customers through social, such as Away.com's Operation Vacation 2013,
which is offering one winner $2,500 worth of free flights and spending money.


As 2013 kicks off, Orbitz also took a retrospective look at what shaped the
travel landscape in 2012 from the top destinations and busiest travel weeks to
what's keeping consumers active while on vacation.

Busiest Travel Weeks in 2012: For the first time in three years, Christmas is
knocked from the top spot as the most crowded travel week in 2012 by the
kick-off of the busy summer travel season (June 24-30). Christmas (Dec. 16-22)
and Thanksgiving rounded out the top three, not surprisingly. Summer holiday
weekends, including July Fourth and Memorial Day weekend, rounded out the top
five based on hotel and airfare bookings.

Orbitz Insider Index: The Top Five Busiest Travel Weeks^4

1.June, Third Week (June 24-30)
2.December, Christmas Week (Dec. 16–22)
3.November, Thanksgiving Week (Nov. 18–24)
4.Fourth of July Week (July 1-7)
5.May, Fourth Week/Memorial Day (May 20-26)

Top 2012 U.S. Destinations: As a result of great deals and a variety of hotels
and attractions, Las Vegas and New York are again atop the list of the 10 most
popular U.S. travel destinations.

2012 presented a healthy mix of destinations from booming city destinations to
beach-friendly hotspots. Absent from the list in 2011, San Diego took the
fourth spot, followed by family go-to hot spots San Francisco and Orlando. New
additions include San Antonio, thanks to its balance of new (hot restaurants
and shops abound on the Riverwalk) and old (The iconic Alamo and Mission San
Jose) plus an explosive growth in large businesses shifting operations to the
nation's seventh largest city.

Orbitz Insider Index: The Top U.S. Travel Destinations in 2012^5
2012 Rank                    Destination
1                            Las Vegas
2                            New York
3                            Chicago
4                            San Diego
5                            San Francisco
6                            Orlando
7                            Washington, D.C.
8                            New Orleans
9                            San Antonio
10                           Miami

Top 2012 International Destinations: With travel abroad expected to be a key
trend in 2013, this year saw a welcome newcomer with Hong Kong joining the top
10. In 2012, Orbitz launched the only full-service Spanish-language travel
website targeting the U.S. market, Orbitz en Espanol, to serve its growing
Hispanic customer base. Proving the demand was there, half of the top 10
international destinations are Spanish speaking mixed in with a number of
European hotspots and Toronto.

Orbitz Insider Index: The Top International Travel Destinations in 2012^6
2012 Rank                  Destination
1                          Cancun
2                          London
3                          Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4                          San Juan, Puerto Rico
5                          Paris
6                          Rome
7                          Riviera Maya, Mexico
8                          Hong Kong
9                          Toronto
10                         Barcelona

What Did People Do on Vacation in 2012: 2012 was the year of family travel as
traditional favorites Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Disneyland and Sea
World dominated the top four spots of top attractions booked on vacation. From
there, Orbitz tracked a healthy mix of outdoor adventures with lift tickets to
city tours and major attractions ("O" by Cirque du Soleil).

Orbitz Insider Index: The Top Attractions Booked on Vacation 2012^7
2012 Rank             Destination
1                     Walt Disney World tickets
2                     Universal Studios tickets
3                     Disneyland Tickets
4                     SeaWorld Orlando
5                     Telluride Ski Resort Lift Tickets
6                     Vail/Beaver Creek Lift Tickets
7                     Las Vegas VIP Club Crawl Package
8                     New York City Pass
9                     Chichen Itza Ruins Day Tour
10                    "O" by Cirque du Soleil

Best Reviewed Hotels: Orbitz lets consumers do the talking by ranking the
top-rated hotels based on customer reviews. The list is based on the overall
numeric score of nearly 200,000 hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers
that have booked and stayed at hotels since 2011.

Orbitz Insider Index:                     Orbitz Insider Index:

Top 10 Domestic Hotels Based on Reviews   Top 10 International Hotels Based on
Las Vegas: Bellagio                       Cancun: Le Blanc Spa Resort
New York: The Peninsula New York          Punta Cana: Iberostar Grand Bavaro
Chicago: The Talbott Hotel                London: London Marriott Hotel
                                          Country Hall
Los Angeles: Fairmont Miramar Hotel &     Jamaica: Couples Tower Isle
Washington, D.C.: Sofitel Washington DC  Paris: Hotel Eiffel Seine
Lafayette Square
Orlando: The Peabody                      Vancouver: Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Denver: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado  Sydney: Sir Stamford at Circular
Convention Center                         Quay
San Francisco: Argonaut Hotel             Aruba: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort &
Maui: The Fairmont Kea Lani               Montreal: Hotel Le Crystal
Miami: Dream South Beach                  Bangkok: Le Méridien

^3 Top Hotel Amenities based on consumer search behavior on Orbitz.com in 2012
^4Busiest travel weeks and individual days determined by hotel and air
bookings (domestic and international) made on Orbitz.com for travel between
1/1/12 and 12/14/12. Each seven-day period included travel booked Sunday
through the following Saturday.
^5Top U.S. destinations determined by total hotel and package bookings made on
Orbitz.com for travel between 1/1/12 and 12/14/12.
^6Top international destinations determined by total hotel and package
bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel between 1/1/12 and 12/14/12.
^7Top travel activities are based on activities customers purchased on
Orbitz.com from 1/1/12 and 12/14/12.

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