Millennials Seeking Out More Leisure Activities When Traveling for Business

 Millennials Seeking Out More Leisure Activities When Traveling for Business

Top business travel destinations that offer nearby leisure getaways
highlighted in latest Hotel Price Index

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Oct. 3, 2013

DALLAS, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cities like Las Vegas, Miami and New
Orleans feature an abundance of business amenities and leisure activities that
make them great meeting spots, but a business trip to almost any top meeting
destination can be turned into a mini-vacation, according to®.


A recent survey conducted by Hilton Worldwide revealed that 84 percent of
millennial travelers are likely to extend their business trips to explore
cities nearby. Many top U.S. meeting destinations offer business travelers
easy access to explore exciting destinations highlighted in the latest Hotel
Price Index™ (HPI®) before or after their meetings.

"More young professionals are incorporating leisure time into their business
trips to maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal lives,"
said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for "Because of the
blurred lines between business and leisure, more millennials are taking
advantage of opportunities to explore their wanderlusts while partaking in
obligatory travel."

The experts at have identified some attractive destinations within
an hour drive or flight from some of the country's top meeting cities.

Dallas is home to DFW, the fourth busiest airport in the U.S. , and some of
the top-rated airport hotels in the country. But the metropolitan area
surrounding the country's 15^th most popular domestic destination according to
the latest HPI features a diverse range of cultural destinations, including
Denton, which is just an hour-long drive away. With a large array of music
festivals, such as 35 Denton in March and the  Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in
April, the city attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Stay at
the Hilton Garden Inn Denton (4.6 guest rating; rooms from $109) and feel the
vibe of this Southern city.

Travelers with more spare time can take one of the nearly-hourly flights to
Austin. This top food and music destination has been steadily rising in
popularity and is now the 16^th most visited city for domestic travelers based
on HPI. SXSW continues to bring in tourists by the thousands, but visitors can
take advantage of the city's vibrant music scene and indulge in a succulent
gastronomical experience year-round. Feast on juicy brisket at the famous
Franklin BBQ. Stay and catch a show at Mohawk before settling in at the Hyatt
Place Austin Downtown  (4.7 guest rating; rooms from $179).

The Orange County Convention Center boasts the second largest amount of event
space in the U.S., making Orlando the top destination for meetings. The HPI
reveals it's also the third most popular destination for domestic travel and
for foreign visitors to the U.S. Travelers visiting in October can make the
short drive to Daytona Beach to take in the sights of thousands of bikers
descending upon the city during Biketoberfest. Hit the beach and stay at The
Shores Resort and Spa (4.4 guest rating; rooms from $149) or catch a race at
the Daytona International Speedway and stay at the Homewood Suites Daytona
Beach Airport/Speedway - Daytona Beach (4.5 guest rating; rooms from $109).

Beachgoers can also take advantage of Florida's sunny weather by taking an
hour-long flight to Fort Lauderdale. Dubbed as "the Venice of America," this
city has more than 300 miles of navigable waterways and over 100 marinas. Stay
close to the waterfront at the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
(4.3 guest rating; rooms from $139).

Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.'s monuments and historic landmarks draw flocks of tourists
each year, but they also offer a setting like no other for conferences and
events. Travelers can take advantage of the region's food scene by taking the
short drive to Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay area, which is known for some
of the best seafood on the East Coast. Stay in Inner Harbor at the Royal
Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (4.6 Guest Rating; rooms from $189)
and make a visit to the iconic National Aquarium.

Travelers who can afford to take the weekend to unwind can catch a short
flight to Virginia Beach and the city's 35 miles of coastline beaches. The
Virginia Beach boardwalk offers a myriad of attractions, including the Neptune
Festival in September, which features the annual International Sandsculpting
Championship. Stay close to all of the attractions at the Boardwalk Resort
Hotel and Villas - Virginia Beach (4.0 Guest Rating; rooms from

If a business trip spontaneously turns into an extended stay for leisure, the mobile booking app has you covered with more than 20,000 exclusive
deals daily. To learn more about these exciting destinations, please visit and follow the conversation on Twitter @hotelsdotcom
with #HPI.

Press contacts:
Pat Burek – Finn Partners for
Phone: (212) 715-1542

Taylor L. Cole, APR North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442

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