The Priceline Group
Aug 17, 2011 Finds Major U.S. Cities Are Big Winners as Travelers Stay Closer to Home for Labor Day 2011

NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. travelers are choosing to spend Summer's last long holiday weekend (September 3-5) in the States, according to's (Nasdaq: PCLN) annual list of the Top 50 Labor Day Destinations.

New York City's Midtown West area is the #1 most popular destination for Labor Day 2011, followed by #2 Chicago's North Michigan Ave./River North Area and #3 Las Vegas Strip North.  Priceline's Top 50 Labor Day list is based on thousands of hotel room booking requests made on's Name Your Own Price® hotel service for the holiday.  Because the survey is based on actual booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of Labor Day travel trends. said it still has plenty of last-minute airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages, tours and attractions, and cruises available for Labor Day getaways.  For last-minute travel ideas, check out

This year, no European cities made Priceline's Top 50 Labor Day list.  "The results were a bit of a surprise, since London was such a big draw for Memorial Day following the Royal Wedding," said Brian Ek, Priceline's in-house Travel Ekspert.  "It's possible that the civil unrest in Europe is having some effect on tourism.  However, visitors to the major U.S. cities are likely to see crowds over the long weekend, which is positive news for restaurants, theaters and retailers with their back-to-school sales."

Priceline's Top 50 Destinations for Labor Day 2011




New York City, Midtown West


Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North Area


Las Vegas, Strip North


Charlotte, Downtown


Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place


St. Louis, Downtown


San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf


Atlanta, Downtown


Seattle, City Center/Space Needle


St. Catharines, Niagara Falls


Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South


New York City, Upper East Side


San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island


Dallas, Downtown


Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park


Atlanta, Buckhead Area


Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District


Savannah, Historic Savannah and Riverfront


New York City, Times Square/Theater District


Austin, Downtown


Baltimore, Inner Harbor Area


Boston, Cambridge


New York City, Downtown/Soho/Financial District


Providence, Downtown


New York City, Midtown East


Seattle, Lake Union


Dallas, Arlington/Grand Prairie


Boston, Waterfront/Convention Center


Seattle, Airport Area


Buffalo, Niagara Falls


Boston, Copley Square/Theater District


San Francisco, Airport/Burlingame


New Orleans, French Quarter


San Francisco, Union Square East


Virginia Beach


Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim North


South Bend




Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs South


Chicago, Greater Chicago




Montreal, Downtown/City Centre


Atlantic City


Las Vegas, Strip West Area


Jersey City




San Antonio, Riverwalk


San Francisco, Financial District/Embarcadero




San Francisco, SOMA/Moscone Center  

About The Priceline Group
The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 190,000 participating hotels worldwide.  The Group is composed of four primary brands —,, and TravelJigsaw — and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 110 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 155,000 hotels, and is available in 43 languages. gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 37 languages.  TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in over 4,000 locations.  Customer support is provided in 29 languages.


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