for Memorial Day 2004
|NORWALK, Conn. - May 25, 2004 -- Internet travel service priceline.com(R)
(Nasdaq:PCLN) has released the results of its 2nd annual survey of the
50 most-popular destinations for Memorial Day. The survey is based on more
than 30,000 actual hotel room booking requests made by priceline.com customers
for the May 29-31 long weekend. Priceline.com sells hotel rooms, airline
tickets, vacation packages, rental cars and cruises, often at significant
discounts over other online travel services.
"We're seeing very traditional travel patterns for Memorial Day 2004 that are almost a mirror of a year ago, when gasoline was 25% cheaper," said Chris Soder, priceline.com's Executive Vice President, Lodging and Vacation Products. "People seem intent on not letting fuel costs get in the way of their Memorial Day celebrations." Mr. Soder also said that priceline.com still has plenty of money-saving travel deals available for last-minute bookings.
For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas Strip area was the most requested Memorial Day destination. With the upcoming May 29th dedication of the new National World War II Memorial, Washington's White House/Downtown area was #2 on the list, up from #41 a year ago. In total, four Washington-area neighborhoods found their way on to the top 50 list (#2 White House/Downtown, ##35 Georgetown/Foggy Bottom, #40 Silver Spring and #49 Dupont Circle/Woodley Park).
Niagara Falls was back on the Memorial Day list for the 2nd straight year, with the U.S. side of the falls coming in at #11 and the Canadian side at #39. Beach areas were popular again, with spots like Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Destin/Fort Walton, Key West, Hilton Head, San Diego, Santa Monica, San Juan, South Beach and Waikiki all making the top 50 list. Americans traveling internationally for Memorial Day mostly chose Canadian cities. Outside North America, London and Paris were the two international destinations to make the list. And, as expected, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Area made its annual appearance on the Memorial Day list at #36.
Priceline.com's 50 Most-Popular Vacation Destinations for Memorial
Priceline.com Hotel Room Deals For Memorial Day
Hotel examples shown are for offers booked in May 2004. Hotel examples do not include taxes and fees. Future availability and pricing is subject to change.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements.
|Also See:||The 50 Most Requested Destinations for the Labor Day Weekend; Priceline.com Survey / Aug 2003|
|Top 50 Destinations For Columbus Day Travel / October 2003|
|Trying to Beat the Internet Game of Discount Pricing, Marriott International Launches Hotel-Room-Rate Guarantee Program / November 2003|