Hotwire Reveals that Major Cities in Peak Season are Bucking the Trend and Offering Big Fourth of July Discounts

  Hotwire Reveals that Major Cities in Peak Season are Bucking the Trend and
                    Offering Big Fourth of July Discounts

With Independence Day Falling on a Thursday, Travelers can Enjoy an Extended
Celebration - from Los Angeles to New York City

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/®, a leading discount
travel site, today revealed its list of top five Fourth of July deal
destinations. Since Independence Day falls on a Thursday, travelers can get
the biggest bang for their buck by lengthening their holiday with a four or
five day weekend. To help Americans get that extra vacation this year, several
major cities that typically see high prices during this holiday are instead
topping the list of price drops. With the break less than two weeks away,
these deals will help guide travelers toward destinations where they can get
their fireworks and festivities at a discount.

"Independence Day is of course a very popular – and often expensive – holiday,
but there are several big cities that are actually cheaper than last year,
resulting in some deep savings for those hoping to plan an affordable and fun
getaway," said Pierre-Etienne Chartier, Vice President of the Hotwire Group.
"Many of these cities are business hubs as well, and since there will likely
be reduced travel for the work week, hotels are dropping prices in order to
attract leisure travelers. The discounts we're seeing this year are worth
celebrating, and now travelers can extend their stays instead of their travel

Some of the best deal destinations this Fourth of July are:

Destination          Avg. Hotel Price on Hotwire YoY Price Change in %
1. Chicago     $111                        -11
2. Portland    $105                        -10
3. Boston      $158                        -7
4. Seattle     $122                        -5
5. Los Angeles $100                        -3

Among the best destinations to score a deal for the holiday are Chicago,
Portland, Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles. Those looking for big-city deals in
the U.S. need look no further than Chicago, which is offering an 11 percent
price drop this Fourth of July compared to last year. June was an especially
busy (and expensive) month for Chicago due to conventions, but since the
Fourth disrupts business travel, people should find deep discounts. By staying
through the weekend, visitors can catch a Cubs game and enjoy the annual
fireworks display at the Navy Pier.

Next on the list is Portland, OR, down 10 percent from last year. Many
Portland-area residents use the holiday to spend their time in the great
outdoors, causing hoteliers to drop prices to attract more business to the
city. Visitors to Portland can kick-off their Fourth with the Waterfront Blues
Festival in the downtown area or head to Oaks Amusement Park for
family-friendly activities and a larger-than-life fireworks show.

Rounding out the deal destinations for the Fourth of July holiday are Boston
(seven percent drop), Seattle (five percent drop) and Los Angeles (three
percent drop). All three are already-popular destinations that are even
sweeter given the drops in hotel prices, especially Boston which often is one
of the most visited 4^th of July destinations. Each of these cities sees
plenty of business travel, but with the holiday cutting the business week
short, hotels are dropping their prices to help fill rooms. The city of Boston
will host its 31^st annual Harborfest and its 40^th annual Boston Pops
Fireworks Spectacular this year – two must-sees for visitors. Seattle boasts
an impressive fireworks display on Lake Union, the Seafair Summer Fourth
festival in Gas Works Park and the Seattle International Beer Festival at
Fisher Pavilion. Finally, the skies of Los Angles will be glowing with
fireworks in a variety of locations – like the Rose Bowl, Disneyland and the
Queen Mary.

*The five Fourth of July deal destinations and average prices are based on
hotel bookings across all star categories made on on 6/3/13 for
travel between 7/3 – 7/8/13.

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Andrew Reynolds
Atomic PR
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