Hotwire.com announced the top 10 most popular destinations that travelers are visiting this Labor Day weekend. This year, many are opting to travel to off-season destinations where they can get more for their money, but top leisure markets, like New York City and Boston, still reign supreme. No matter where Americans are looking to travel for the Labor Day weekend, this list is filled with destinations that offer great value-on-the-dollar for experiences, as well as great weather and an abundance of entertainment options.
Making their way onto the list for the first time are some of the Southeast’s biggest and most affordable cities including Orlando, New Orleans and Atlanta. While the popularity of value destinations seems to be on the rise, urban centers with close ties to the holiday including New York, Boston and Chicago maintain their statuses as favorite holiday hotspots.
Newcomers New Orleans and Atlanta appear on this year’s list at seventh and eighth, respectively. These cities are all in their off-seasons and travelers’ dollars will go further as a result. The ever popular Orlando also joins the list for the first time, and although this is a busy time of year for them, suppliers are still offering compelling deals to fill vacancies left from the decline of peak summer season. These value destinations’ rise in popularity has knocked Dallas, Toronto and San Diego, which are more expensive, higher-season cities, off the top 10 list completely, and have pushed San Francisco, which has also been expensive this summer, down to number ten.
However, cities with close ties to the holiday continue to remain popular as well, with New York returning at number one on the list, Chicago – also a value destination – moving from number three to number two, and Boston dropping from number two last year to number four. These three cities have some of the oldest Labor Day celebrations in the country.
Also included on the list are Las Vegas (also in its off-season), which moves up in popularity to nab the number three spot (it was number four last year), and Vancouver, which has boasted good deals for most of the year, and has moved up from seventh to fifth. Finally, moving up from tenth to ninth is DC, another good value city for the holiday weekend as much of its corporate and government travel business dissipates during the summer.
The 10 most popular Labor Day weekend destinations by bookings and average nightly hotel prices for each are listed below:
|Destination||Average Price/Night on Hotwire|
|1. New York City, New York||$185|
|2. Chicago, Illinois||$102|
|3. Las Vegas, Nevada||$95|
|4. Boston, Massachusetts||$127|
|5. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||$103|
|6. Orlando, Florida||$56|
|7. New Orleans, Louisiana||$96|
|8. Atlanta, Georgia||$76|
|9. Washington, D.C.||$87|
|10. San Francisco, California||$136|
“With the economy still in flux, it’s no surprise more travelers are being price conscious this year, opting to spend Labor Day in destinations that offer greater values. This price-conscious shift has moved more expensive cities lower in ranking or off the list completely, but it has not knocked the more traditional markets from the top spots,” said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire group. “With the holiday around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of Hotwire’s deals in these already affordable destinations, and take one more trip before the weather cools down and our schedules heat up.”
The 10 most popular Labor Day weekend destinations and average prices are based on hotel bookings made on Hotwire.com between June 15 and July 31, 2012 for travel between August 30 and September 4, 2012.