Orbitz Worldwide Inc. – PR : Orbitz Highlights Top Memorial Day Destinations
and Budget-Friendly Alternatives That Serve up Savings of Over 35 Percent
CHICAGO, May 20, 2013-Summer may not officially start until June 21 but
Memorial Day weekend serves as the kick-off to the busy summer travel season.
The Orbitz Insider Index ranks the top destinations for travelers this
Memorial Day and highlights how to have your cake and eat it too by opting for
hotels just outside the city center priced at a discount.
"Budget conscious travelers should look outside the city's epicenter and
consider lesser known but convenient neighborhoods for great hotel deals this
Memorial Day weekend," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for
Orbitz.com. "There is no reason to forego a fun trip for the long weekend due
to budget, instead remember 'outside is in' and stretch your dollar by opting
for, say, a hotel in Mission Valley instead of the Gaslamp in downtown San
The draw of the bright lights and big city make up the top spots with Las
Vegas again taking the top spot, followed by New York, Chicago and Washington,
D.C. respectively, based on Orbitz hotel bookings. Many top destinations
identified provide easy access to cheaper neighborhoods just outside the city
center. With easy access to big city attractions, travelers can enjoy the
heart of the action at a reasonable price.
Consumers are determined to take their vacation and still make a long weekend
getaway possible-a recent surveyby Orbitz showed nearly 34 percent are eating
at least some meals in their hotel room to cut costs.^1 To save even more,
Orbitz - the official online travel site of the long weekend - is providing
travelers an exclusive Memorial Day savings of 15 percent off qualifying
hotels across every market. Visit www.orbitz.com/longweekend to take advantage
of the offer before it expires on May 26, 2013 with promo code SUNFUN15.
Top 10 Destinations Alternative Accommodations
Memorial Day Weekend 2013^2 Neighborhoods/Suburbs Savings
Las Vegas $135 East of Strip $98 27%
New York $285 Upper West Side $200 30%
Chicago $172 The Loop $154 10%
Washington, D.C. $173 Georgetown - Foggy Bottom $132 24%
Cancun $218 Playa del Carmen $205 6%
Orlando $107 Downtown $82 23%
San Francisco $186 Pacific Heights - Marina $167 10%
San Diego $141 Mission Valley $107 24%
London $259 King's Cross - St Pancras $165 36%
New Orleans $171 Central Business District $160 6%
For more information on how travelers will spend their Memorial Day weekend
view the Orbitz Memorial Day/Summer Travel infographic.
Orbitz Editors' Picks: Best Memorial Day Destinations for Stretching Your
Las Vegas-bound travelers will win big over Memorial Day weekend with
attractive average daily rates of $135. The long weekend's number one
destination offers glitz and glamour from day to night-the day pool scene is
in full effect with celebrities dropping by throughout the weekend and Vegas'
mainstays like Shania Twain and Love Cirque du Soleil keeping things going
well into the night. Avoiding the crowd and staying just east of the strip
drops hotel rates below $100 for a 27 percent savings.
London may seem out-of-reach for Memorial Day but booking a hotel in the newly
reconditioned King's Cross neighborhood can save 36 percent off average hotel
rates in London-proper, making a trip to England very much possible. New
restaurants, retailers and a booming cultural scene make King's Cross a
destination in and of itself but it also easy proximity to anywhere in London
via the King's Cross St Pancras hub - a major rail station with several train
systems including Eurostar and six London Underground lines. With the
countdown to Katherine and William's bundle of joy, Memorial Day is a great
time to cross the pond to visit London and beat the summer crowds.
Washington, D.C. is the epitome of patriotism on this national holiday. The
District pulls out all the stops for Memorial Day weekend, kicking off Friday
night with free jazz in the National Gallery of Art; followed by a free
concert by the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Mall on Sunday
evening; and a big finale on Monday with a National Memorial Day Parade down
Constitution Avenue. Booking a hotel in scenic Foggy Bottom with easy access
to the Metro system and Georgetown nets a savings of 24 percent off staying in
the heart of Washington, D.C.
Terms & Conditions
^1The Orbitz summer survey was fielded by Orbitz from April 1 - 10, 2013 via
insightexpress. 750 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had traveled within the
past twelve months were surveyed.^ 2The Orbitz top ten Memorial
Day destinations were ranked based on all hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com by
May 8, 2013 for arrivals between May 24-27, 2013.
Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search
for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights,
hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Since launching its
website in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel
sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including the
Orbitz Matrix Display and Orbitz Price Assurance. The Matrix Display
revolutionized the way the travel industry displayed fares and makes it quick
and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages.
Orbitz.com also offers "Insider Steals," a weekly, members-only flash sale
that provides exclusive deals for handpicked hotels in top destinations around
the world as well as "Mobile Steals," exclusive hotel deals of up to 50% off
in the most popular destinations around the world, available to mobile
consumers via m.orbitz.com and the full suite of Orbitz mobile apps. On
Orbitz.com consumers can search a broad range of suppliers worldwide.
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