Orlando and Atlanta Top the Hotwire 2013 Travel Value Index Study of Best U.S.
Destinations for Your Vacation Dollar
List Sees First Tie for the Highest Rank in TVI History and Includes Four
Hotwire "Sleeper Cities" to the Collection of Top Destinations
SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotwire.com, a leading discount
travel site, today announced the results of its seventh annual Hotwire® Travel
Value Index study, naming Orlando and Atlanta as the top 2013 destinations
where you can get the most vacation for your money. Just in time for spring
break and the summer travel season, the Hotwire Travel Value Index showcases
the top 10 cities where consumers planning their next trip can find the best
combination of value, entertainment options and attractions throughout 2013.
This year's index includes a variety of locations across the U.S., including
four destinations – Phoenix, Raleigh, St. Louis and Sacramento – which Hotwire
identified as up-and-coming "sleeper cities" earlier this year.
The Hotwire Travel Value Index is based on a statistical model combining both
in-house and third-party research. Hotwire evaluates the top 50 U.S. leisure
markets, rating them across three individual categories to generate an overall
ranking for consumer vacation value. The formula includes:
oLow prices on air, hotel and rental car (50 percent of overall score)
oDiscounts on air, hotel and rental car (25 percent of overall score)
oAffordable entertainment (25 percent of overall score)
"We all have travel budgets, it's just a question of how that matches up with
the types of vacations we want to take," said Clem Bason, president of the
Hotwire Group. "That's why we launched our Travel Value Index seven years ago;
to help folks get more for their travel dollar, and maybe reach for a dream
vacation they may have thought wasn't possible. We're delighted to hear that
since then many travelers have used the findings to make informed travel
decisions that resulted in great experiences without the big price tags."
Maintaining its top position for the second year in a row is Orlando, which
tied for first with last year's number two destination, Atlanta. Both have a
Travel Value Index of 100. These cities are perennial deal destinations for
savvy travelers, having made the top 10 list for the past five years, and
offer a variety of activities for all types of visitors. This year, Orlando's
overall low prices and Atlanta's discount levels make them top value
destinations. Meanwhile, Tampa moved up three spots from last year, and tied
for second place with Dallas-Fort Worth, which dropped down one spot. Both of
these popular cities scored an overall rating of 94 due to their respective
low prices and discount ratings.
Four of the next six cities on the 2013 list were also given another travel
honor earlier this year when they were named top Hotwire Sleeper Cities. These
sleepers tend to be up-and-coming metros with a lot to offer, but have not yet
found the mass travel audience to cause prices to spike. They're all great
alternatives to bigger, more expensive cities, and folks should be able to get
an unforgettable vacation at a fraction of the cost. Phoenix returns to the
list in fifth with high marks for its entertainment value, followed by
Raleigh, which has been absent from the TVI for several years. Rounding out
the top 10 are newcomers/sleeper cities St. Louis and Sacramento, which
received high marks for discounts and total scores of 82 and 79, respectively.
Meanwhile, Charlotte and Houston make their reappearances in a tie for seventh
place with an overall rating of 83 due in large part to their discounts.
According to the Hotwire Travel Value Index, the top 10 U.S. destinations for
value vacations in 2013 include:
Rank/City Overall TVI Rank Last Highest Scoring Category
1. Orlando, Fla. 100 1 Low Prices
2. Atlanta, Ga. 100 2 Discounts
3. Tampa, Fla. 94 6 Low Prices
4. Dallas-Fort Worth, 94 3 Discounts
5. Phoenix, Nev. 92 5 Entertainment
6. Raleigh, N.C. 85 N/A Low Prices
7. Charlotte, N.C. 83 8 Discounts
8. Houston, Tex. 83 4 Discounts
9. St. Louis, Mo. 82 N/A Discounts
10. Sacramento, Calif. 79 N/A Discounts
For over 12 years, Hotwire has worked with hotels, airlines and car rental
companies to fill unsold inventory. As a result, Hotwire offers travelers
amazing deals, every day of the year, across a variety of markets. Through
Hotwire's deep understanding of the industry and unique relationships,
consumers have been able to save millions of dollars on all their travel
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