Top 50 Destinations for July 4th Weekend

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Top 50 Destinations for July 4th Weekend

Sheryl
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29 Jun 2005, 01:46 #1

Press Release Source: Priceline.com


Priceline.com Releases List of Top 50 Destinations for July 4th Weekend
Tuesday June 28, 11:44 am ET
This year's 'hot' destinations include Las Vegas, San Diego, New York City, Washington, DC and Niagara Falls


NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2005--If only the slot machines could play "Yankee Doodle." Las Vegas is the #1 destination for this year's 4th of July weekend, according to a priceline.com® (Nasdaq: PCLN - News) survey of more than 30,000 hotel reservation requests.
Today, priceline.com released its survey of the top 50 destinations for the upcoming holiday weekend. This year's survey had its share of traditional picks, as well as some surprises. Patriotic destinations did well. Half of the top 10 most requested destinations were neighborhoods in New York City. Washington, DC, which occupied only one spot on the list last year, showed up four times this year.

And then there were the surprises. In 2004, San Diego took three spots in the top 50. This year, travelers chose San Diego six times in the top 50. Perhaps the biggest winner was the Niagara Falls/Buffalo area, which captured six spots on this year's top 50 list compared to two last year.

Priceline.com said that it still has airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises available for travelers who want to make last-minute purchases.

Priceline.com's Top 50 Destinations for July 4, 2005

#1 Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity
#2 New York City, Midtown West
#3 Chicago, North Michigan Ave. Area
#4 New York City, Midtown East
#5 Chicago, Loop & Grant Park Area
#6 New York City, Upper Midtown
#7 St. Louis, Downtown
#8 New York City, Midtown South
#9 San Diego, Downtown
#10 New York City, Upper East Side
#11 San Diego, Coastal Area
#12 Niagara Falls, U.S. Side
#13 Washington, DC, White House/Downtown
#14 New York City, Upper West Side
#15 New York City, SoHo
#16 San Diego, Coronado
#17 New Orleans, French Quarter
#18 Buffalo, East Niagara Falls Area
#19 Boston, Downtown
#20 Seattle, Downtown
#21 Orlando, Disney World Vicinity
#22 San Antonio, Riverwalk Area
#23 San Francisco, Union Square East
#24 Washington, DC, Capitol Hill Area
#25 San Diego, Del Mar
#26 Vancouver, BC
#27 San Diego, Mission Valley
#28 San Diego, Point Loma
#29 Toronto, Downtown
#30 Boston, Copley Area
#31 Monterey
#32 San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf
#33 Niagara Falls, St. Catharines
#34 Las Vegas, West of Strip
#35 Buffalo, Amherst
#36 Buffalo, Grand Island
#37 Las Vegas, Airport Area
#38 Orange County, Disneyland Area
#39 Montreal
#40 Washington, DC, Dupont Circle
#41 New Orleans, Central Business District
#42 New Orleans, Convention Center
#43 Orlando, Universal Studios/Sea World Area
#44 Washington, DC, Georgetown
#45 Baltimore, Inner Harbor
#46 Las Vegas, Fremont St. Vicinity
#47 Toronto, Markham
#48 Buffalo, Airport Area
#49 San Francisco, Union Square West
#50 Philadelphia, Downtown

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My Comments:

Someone forgot to tell Priceline they no longer offer a North Michigan Ave. Area or Loop & Grant Park Area zone in Chicago. Those zones were redefined about two months ago. And what about New York City SoHo? Hasn't been a zone in a couple of years. There are others on the list as well, but these really struck me.
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KeenWink
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29 Jun 2005, 03:25 #2

Sheryl, that's a great observation about the SoHo and Chicago zones. I think Priceline's list is mostly spin and hype, probably emphasizing places they have excess inventory. The article is unclear, also, in that it confuses "most requested" (regardless of bid outcome) with "top destination" (which would suggest a winning offer). I note that none of the typical free-rebid zones for major cities are cited, and I'd have expected them to show up since they get used as free rebids with great frequency. (Unless we accept that the vast majority of PL users are totally oblivious to the concept of free rebids.) Still, it's difficult to decide exactly what this Top50 list represents, and even more difficult to decide whether to believe it or not.

Sheryl, have you noticed any correllation to this Top50 list with the sort of Bidding Assistance Requests you have been responding to? It may be that you handle too many requests to be able to "see the forest for the trees", but perhaps one or two cities stand out as being very difficult to win on PL for this weekend (which would suggest a truly popular destination).
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29 Jun 2005, 04:43 #3

I do believe that Priceline is being truthful that the listed zones are the ones that have been most requested for this holiday weekend. It would suggest that means a winning bid but I really doubt that's the case; however, that's what Priceline wants you to think.

The reason I don't think it necessarily means a high incidence of winning bids is because there are too many zones listed that I know for a fact that isn't true. For example, New Orleans is nearly sold out this weekend due to the Essence Festival. I suspect most people bidding for New Orleans this weekend are going there for that festival. Otherwise, New Orleans is pretty dead during the summer because it's miserably hot and humid. It's also a very high occupancy weekend in San Diego and Chicago.

As to free re-bid zones, I disagree that they get used with great frequency. Remember, the majority of Priceline customers have never heard of BiddingForTravel.com. We have comments all the time from longtime Priceline users who said they never knew about free re-bids until they learned about them here.

There's really nothing that unique about the list. Virtually every popular vacation destination appears on it with the exception of South Florida which is never that popular in the summer.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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29 Jun 2005, 15:11 #4

Thank you for your explanatory analysis.
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