Priceline Releases Its 6th Annual Top Destinations List For July 4th

June 30 2009 | Latest News

NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE) (Nasdaq: PCLN - News) today released the results of its 6th annual survey of the 50 most-popular destinations for the upcoming Independence Day weekend. The survey is based on more than 30,000 hotel room booking requests made by customers using’s Name Your Own Price® hotel reservation service. Because the survey is based on credit card-backed booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, believes the annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of July 4th travel trends.

Commenting on the survey,’s in-house “Travel Ekspert” Brian Ek said, “The big surprise this year is the emergence of New Orleans’ downtown/convention center area as the #1 July 4th destination. This is the first time New Orleans is in the top spot for the holiday and could signal the completion of the city’s comeback as a tourist mecca following Hurricane Katrina.”

Looking at the rest of the list, Ek commented, “Travel trends for the upcoming long weekend are reflective of the economy and the holiday itself. The list is heavy in destinations that are reachable by car for large segments of the population. Given the cold, wet weather in the eastern half of the country, I was a bit surprised to see so many beach destinations on the list. However, a blanket and a good book do make for a cheap getaway, assuming the weather cooperates. With some smaller communities not being able to afford fireworks this year, the big cities with their free or low-cost holiday events are indicating strong turnouts.”

In New York City, July 4th visitors can look forward to Macy’s fireworks display, a concert in Battery Park and Nathan’s annual hot dog eating competition. Chicago is hosting Blues Fest 2009, the Grand Park Music Festival and fireworks at Navy Pier. Boston has the 6-day long Harborfest celebration with fireworks featuring the Boston Pops and Neil Diamond. Disney resorts will be hosting fireworks in Orlando. New Orleans is featuring its “Go 4th On The River” festival. And Washington, DC, will have the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, concert at the Washington Monument, an Independence Day parade and fireworks on the National Mall.

Priceline said it still has hotel rooms, airline tickets, vacation packages, rental cars and cruises available for the long weekend, often at significant discounts over other online travel reservation services.

The Priceline Top 50 Destinations List for July 4th 2009

1New Orleans, Downtown/Convention Center
2Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South
3Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park Area
4New York City, Times Square/Theater District
5Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place
6San Diego, Coastal Area
7Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area
8New Orleans, French Quarter
9Washington, DC, White House/Downtown

(see for related article on Washington)

10Boston, Copley Square/Theater District
12San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill
13San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
14San Diego, Point Loma/Shelter Island/Old Town
15Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North
16St. Catharines, Niagara Falls
17San Antonio, Downtown/Riverwalk
18Orange County, Disneyland Area
19Boston, Harbor Front/Aquarium
20Orlando, Universal Studios/Sea World Area
21Newport (RI), Goat Island/Newport & Newport Beach

(see for related article on Newport)

22Vancouver, Downtown
23New York City, Empire State Building Area
24Philadelphia, Downtown
25Virginia Beach
26New York City, Midtown East
27Monterey, Monterey/Pacific Grove
28Oahu, Waikiki Marina Area
29Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District
30Oahu, Waikiki Beach Area
31Myrtle Beach
32Hilton Head Island
33Buffalo, Niagara Falls/Buffalo/Amherst
34Newark, Meadowlands/Jersey City
35Washington, DC, Convention Center/Capitol Hill Area
36Toronto, Downtown
37Portland, Downtown
38Destin, FL
39Savannah, Historic District
40Orlando, Disney World Vicinity
41San Francisco, Union Square East
42London, Mayfair/Soho

(see for related article on London)

43San Diego, Coronado
44Miami, Miami Beach
45Charleston, SC, Downtown
46Chicago, Lincoln Park
47Ocean City, MD
48Monterey, Carmel/Carmel Valley
49Atlantic City, Atlantic City/Cape May
50New York City, Midtown West

About® Incorporated Incorporated (Nasdaq: PCLN - News) provides online travel services in 28 languages in over 78 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Included in the family of companies is, a leading international online hotel reservation service,, a leading U.S. online travel service for value-conscious leisure travelers, and, an Asian online hotel reservation service. believes that is Europe’s largest and fastest growing hotel reservation service, with a network of affiliated Web sites. operates in over 70 countries in 22 languages and offers its customers access to over 66,000 participating hotels worldwide.

In the U.S., gives customers more ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises than any other Internet travel service. In addition to getting great published prices, leisure travelers can narrow their searches using’s TripFilter advanced search technology, customize their search activity through’s Inside Track features, create packages to save even more money, and take advantage of’s famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. also operates the following travel websites:,, and also has a personal finance service that offers home mortgages, refinancing and home equity loans through an independent licensee. licenses its business model to independent licensees, including priceline mortgage and certain international licensees.

Media Information:
Brian Ek, 203-299-8167