2004 New Year's Eve Hotel Bookings
Via Hotwire.com; New York Falls to Seventh Spot
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 23, 2004 - As the countdown to the New Year begins, one in five Americans (21 percent) plan to ring in 2005 away from home, according to a recent survey released by discount travel site Hotwire.com.
Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco top the list as the most popular
"New Year's Eve booking trends really reflect where the deals are this year," said Amy Bohutinsky, Hotwire's consumer travel expert. "New York City has experienced tight room availability and higher prices and as such, we're seeing fewer of our discount-seeking travelers booking Manhattan hotels. However, some of the year's best deals are consistently found in Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans and Los Angeles. The great values on hotels in these cities led to higher rankings on our top-ten list this year."
Whether travelers are braving the cold in Chicago or sharing champagne with friends in San Francisco, many Americans favor starting 2005 on vacation. Nearly one in five adults (19 percent) who plan to spend New Year's Eve away from home will be on vacation while they count down the final minutes of 2004, according to the Hotwire survey.
Hotwire's top ten hotel booking destinations for New Year's Eve 2004 include:
1. Chicago (third in 2003)
Rooms are still available in all top booking cities via Hotwire.com, which saves up to 75 percent off published hotel rates, including hotels' own sites.
Below are examples of hotel rates recently booked on Hotwire for New
-- 3.5-Star hotel, Chicago Loop
$72 / night
Hotwire's hotel rates are so low, they're backed by the industry's most aggressive guarantee. Find a lower rate within 48 hours of booking, and Hotwire will refund double the difference. Hotwire offers deeply discounted rooms at more than 7,000 hotels in North America, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Harris Interactive(R) fielded the online survey from November 2-4, 2004 among 2,140 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over), of whom 478 plan to spend New Year's away from home. Data were weighted to reflect the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, race/ethnicity, and propensity to be online. In theory, with a probability sample of this size, one can say with 95% certainty that the results have a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points overall and +/-7 percentage points for results from the sample of those who plan to spend New Year's away from home. This online sample was not a probability sample.
Web Site: http://www.hotwire.com
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