Hotwire Survey Reveals More Men than Women Would Prefer to Take a Romantic
Trip with a Spouse or Significant Other If They Could Take One More Trip Than
Majority also Believe Travel would Benefit Relationships with Loved One(s), so
Hotwire Recommends Blending Valentine's Day and President's Day for a Five Day
Getaway to One of the Most Popular Holiday Weekend Destinations
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hotwire.com, a leading discount
travel site, today revealed more results from its second annual American
Travel Behavior Survey, conducted online on its behalf by Harris Interactive
in October 2012 among over 2,000 U.S. adults. According to the survey, almost
two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans who travel believe that their
relationships with their loved one(s) would be better if they went on more
leisure trips together. Furthermore, two in five (38 percent) U.S. adults
indicated that if they could afford to take one more leisure trip than they
may have already planned, they'd first want to take a romantic trip with a
spouse/significant other instead of a family getaway (25 percent), or a solo
trip (13 percent) or a vacation with friends (16 percent). And in a surprising
twist, this preference was significantly higher in men (42 percent) than in
women (33 percent), making a spontaneous romantic trip the perfect Valentine's
gift to give a boyfriend or husband.
Fortunately, this year, Valentine's Day (February 14) lands on the Thursday
before President's Day, Monday, February 18. Since President's Day is a
holiday for many Americans, Hotwire suggests using the three-day weekend (or
stretching it out into a four- or five-day weekend) to take a loved one on a
romantic escape. And to get the destination ideas flowing, Hotwire has
provided a list of the five most popular destinations for the long weekend.
Number one on the list is New York, and it has so much to offer amorous
visitors, it's no surprise that the city has served as a backdrop in countless
romantic movies, books and televisions shows. Significant others can rent
paddleboats at Central Park's Loeb Boathouse, go ice skating in Rockefeller
Center or enjoy sunsets on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
For sports loving couples, be sure to catch a game at Madison Square Garden.
Up next on the list is Orlando. While this Floridian city certainly offers fun
for the whole family, it also serves up plenty of romance for two. Take a
gondola ride through the downtown area, visit the Kraft Azalea Gardens in
Winter Park at sunset or snuggle up and enjoy a chilled drink at ICEBAR
Orlando. Newlyweds visiting the theme parks should be sure to stop by the
Guest Relations office for a set of buttons that read "Just Married" for
special perks and extras to complete their whimsical trip.
In at number three is Las Vegas. This desert destination might be Sin City to
some, but there are plenty of sweet treats for couples spending a romantic
weekend away. For the ultimate date night, visit Max Brenner at the Forum
Shops and dive into a pot of chocolate fondue or buy some chocolate-covered
strawberries before heading over to the Eiffel Tower to catch a glimpse of the
Bellagio fountains across the street. Vegas is truly The Entertainment Capital
of the World, so afterward, sit back and enjoy one of the dozens of amazing
shows. Wrap up the night with a late dinner at one of hundreds of world-class
restaurants and a gondola ride at the Venetian.
Rounding out the top five are Chicago and San Francisco. While in Chicago,
visit the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, cruise on Lake Michigan or head to Sears
Tower and hold hands while stepping on the glass floor. San Francisco visitors
can have a wine and cheese picnic in Golden Gate Park or ride up and down the
beautiful hills of San Francisco on one of the city's famous cable cars.
"Our research shows that the majority of Americans feel a trip would be
beneficial to their relationship, and given the surprising fact that more men
are interested in romantic travel than women, a Valentine's Day getaway is an
ideal gift for a male significant other," said Clem Bason, president of the
Hotwire Group. "And with the President's Day long weekend coming right after
Valentine's Day, folks should take advantage of the extra time and Hotwire's
deep discounts to strengthen their tie and enjoy a spontaneous romantic
Hotwire's five most popular destinations between Valentine's Day and
President's Day and average nightly hotel prices for each are listed below:
Rank City Average Nightly Rates on Hotwire*
1. New York, NY $126
2. Orlando, FL $63
3. Las Vegas, NV $94
4. Chicago, IL $80
5. San Francisco, CA $106
*The five most popular Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend
destinations and average prices are based on traveler demand on Hotwire.com on
January 23, 2013, for dates between February 14 and February 18, 2013.
Harris Interactive^® fielded the study on behalf of Hotwire from October
15-17, 2012 via its QuickQuery^SM online omnibus service, interviewing 2,133
U.S. adults aged 18 years and older. This online survey is not based on a
probability sample and therefore no estimates of theoretical sampling error
can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting
variables, please contact Andrew Reynolds at email@example.com or (323)
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