Las Vegas Tops Sexiest Cities and Most Popular Destination Lists for Valentine's Day, According to Orbitz Insider Index

     Las Vegas Tops Sexiest Cities and Most Popular Destination Lists for
              Valentine's Day, According to Orbitz Insider Index

Orbitz Kicks Off "Long Weekend" Campaign with 15 Percent off Hotels Nationwide

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This Valentine's Day, ditch the
chocolates and roses. According to a recent survey by Orbitz, nearly 80
percent of consumers have never received a romantic getaway for Valentine's
Day and would rather be whisked away than to receive traditional gifts like
flowers and candy.^1 This year, the holiday of love and romance is just a day
away from the Presidents Day long weekend, giving couples an excuse to sneak
away for a romantic getaway. And Orbitz is heating things up even more with
its annual list of Sexiest Cities, topped by #1 pick, Las Vegas – which is
also the most booked destination for the long weekend; #2, Miami; and
third-place winner New Orleans.


"With Valentine's Day backing into the Presidents Day weekend this year it is
easy to plan a long romantic weekend getaway," said Orbitz Senior Travel
Editor Jeanenne Tornatore. "In a recent Orbitz survey, long weekends were a
part of nearly three-fourths of Americans' vacation strategy with 71 percent
taking the same or more long weekend vacations over the previous year.^2
Travelers are increasingly working their vacation banks to their advantage and
planning multiple long-weekend trips to different destinations, instead of
just one long vacation."

As part of last year's Take Vacation Back campaign, Orbitz is declaring that
it is the "Official Travel Site of the Long Weekend," dedicated to helping all
Americans get the most out of their vacation days. Consumers can score
exclusive deals, fun giveaways and find tips on getting an affordable long
weekend at To kick it off, Orbitz is offering
not-to-miss Valentine's Day and Presidents Day deals from coast to coast. Book
now until February 17, 2013 and save 15 percent off select hotels using promo
code: PREZ15.^3

Most Popular Destinations for Valentine's Day/Presidents Day Weekend
By comparing 2012 vs. 2013 hotel bookings for Valentine's Day through
Presidents Day weekend, Orbitz found:

  oNew destinations to the 2013 list include Miami and Houston while sunny
    Cancun and San Diego fell off the list
  oNew Orleans and Las Vegas are showing the biggest decrease in hotel rates
    with savings of 35 percent and 7 percent respectively
  oAtlantic City is new to the list and has a lot for travelers to see with
    new hotels, shows and a resurgence since Superstorm Sandy
  oWith Mardi Gras and the Big Game revelry concluded, New Orleans will be
    slightly quieter, which makes for attractive hotel deals over the holiday

Orbitz Top 10 Destinations for Valentine's Day/Presidents
Day Weekend^4
                              2013     2012     YOY
Destination       Ranking
                              ADR      ADR      Change
Las Vegas         1           $145     $156     -7%
New York          2           $218     $197     +11%
Orlando           3           $118     $121     -3%
Miami             4           $287     $242     +18%
New Orleans       5           $191     $294     -35%
Houston           6           $126     $122     +3%
Chicago           7           $150     $125     +20%
San Francisco     8           $181     $166     +9%
Atlantic City     9           $171     $172     -0.7%
Honolulu          10          $271     $184     +48%

Sexiest Domestic and International Cities
When asked what makes a city sexy, respondents are equally enthralled with the
location/scenery (32%) and its personality as represented by architecture and
quaint neighborhoods (32%). Other stimulating factors declaring a city's
sexiness include its culture (13%), the people (11%) and nightlife (9%). When
selecting a hotel, travelers look for the following amenities to help set the
mood: champagne and chocolates upon arrival (34%), breakfast in bed (27%) and
couples spa services (26%).

Click here to see why travelers think Las Vegas is America's sexiest city.

Orbitz Sexiest Cities 2013^5
Rank U. S. Destination
1    Las Vegas         Paris
2    Miami             Rio de Janeiro
3    New Orleans       Tahiti
4    San Francisco     St. Tropez
5    New York          Barcelona, Spain
6    Aspen             Monte Carlo
7    Los Angeles       Tokyo

^1The Orbitz Valentine's Day/Sexiest Cities survey was fielded by Orbitz from
Jan. 18-21, 2013 via insightexpress. 752 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had
traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.
^2Orbitz fielded a survey via Google Consumer Surveys from Dec. 3 – 5, 2012.
The survey was completed by 462 adults.
^3Book a qualifying hotel between February 4, 2013 12:00AM CST and February
17, 2013 11:59PM CST, for 1 or more nights for travel between February 4, 2013
and April 15, 2013, via Orbitz and instantly receive 15% off through the use
of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion
code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of a vacation
package. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes
are non-transferrable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other
offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to
change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion.
^4Top 10 Valentine's Day/Presidents Day travel destinations and average hotel
prices are based on hotel bookings for travel from 2/14-2/18/13 vs.
the coinciding holiday period last year, 2/16-2/20/12.
^5The Orbitz Valentine's Day/Sexiest Cities survey was fielded by Orbitz from
Jan. 18-21, 2013 via insightexpress. 752 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had
traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.

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