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Priceline.com Releases Its Annual List of Top New Year's Party Spots

Monday, December 27, 2010

Priceline.com Releases Its Annual List of Top New Year's Party Spots16:20 EST Monday, December 27, 2010NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) today released its 7th annual list of top 50 destinations for ringing in the New Year. For the 6th year in a row, the Las Vegas Strip is the #1 destination for New Year's revelers. Priceline.com's Top 50 Destinations list is a guide for those who want to find the crowds - or stay away from them on the New Year.  To compile its list, priceline.com looked at a sampling of thousands of Name Your Own Price(R) hotel room booking requests made by priceline.com customers for the New Year's holiday. Because the survey is based on actual booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, priceline.com believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of New Year's travel trends. Also, by focusing on hotels instead of airline tickets, the priceline.com survey is able to include the travel intentions of consumers who will drive to their destination."Much like last year, a handful of cities were the big winners in drawing New Year's revelers," said Priceline Senior Travel Analyst Brian Ek.  "Las Vegas made the list six times, including the top spot.  Meanwhile, with the 11 times it made this year's list, I predict that New York City can expect big crowds for its annual ball dropping.  Other cities that made the list multiple times were Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.  Party-goers, particularly in the eastern half of the country, will be encouraged by the fact that Blizzard 2010 appears to be behind us and temperatures are expected to warm up a bit as this week progresses."Priceline still has last-minute airline tickets http://www.priceline.com/flights/, hotel rooms http://www.priceline.com/hotels/ and rental cars http://www.priceline.com/rentalcars/ available for New Year's travelers.For those in search of even deeper savings, there's priceline.com's Name Your Own Price(R) hotel service that can save up to 50% over published hotel prices. With Priceline's Name Your Own Price(R) hotel service, customers pick the dates, part of town, hotel star level and price they want to pay for their room. If that price is accepted by a priceline.com partner hotel, the booking is completed and customers receive their hotel details. And, for those New Year's partygoers who find themselves stuck in town without a hotel room, there's always Priceline's free Hotel Negotiator app for the iPhone and now Android devices.  The apps help travelers find and book rooms, even on the same day you need them.Priceline.com's Top 50 New Year's DestinationsLas Vegas, Las Vegas Strip NorthNew York City, Times Square/Theater DistrictLas Vegas, Las Vegas Strip SouthNew York City, Midtown WestNew York City, Midtown EastNew Orleans, French QuarterNew York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Center AreaNew York City, Central Park SouthNew York City, Empire State Building AreaNew York City, Chelsea AreaNew Orleans, DowntownLas Vegas, Strip Vicinity NorthNew York City, Downtown/Soho/Financial DistrictNew York City, Hell's KitchenChicago, North Michigan Avenue/River NorthNew York City, Upper East SideNew York City, Upper West SideSan Francisco, Union Square EastChicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant ParkMiami, South Beach/Collins Avenue/OceanfrontSan Francisco, Union Square West/Nob HillMiami, South Beach/Ocean DriveAtlanta, DowntownOrlando, Lake Buena Vista/Downtown DisneyNew Orleans, Convention Center, Warehouse/Arts DistrictLos Angeles, HollywoodLas Vegas, Near Strip EastLas Vegas, Convention CenterSan Francisco, Financial District/EmbarcaderoMiami, South Beach - CentralLas Vegas, Near Strip WestOrlando, Sea World/International Drive/Convention CenterSan Francisco, Fishermans WharfBoston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial DistrictOrlando, Universal Orlando Resort Area/International Drive NorthToronto, Downtown SouthFort Lauderdale, Beach AreaSan Diego, Downtown & Harbor IslandLos Angeles, Beverly Hills/West HollywoodOahu, Waikiki Beach AreaMiami, Miami BeachBoston, Copley Square/Theater DistrictOrlando, Disney Maingate/CelebrationNashville, DowntownMiami, DowntownPittsburgh, DowntownKey WestAtlanta, Buckhead AreaBoston, Harborfront/AquariumSan Francisco, Civic Center  About The Priceline Group of CompaniesThe Priceline Group of Companies (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with approximately 61 million room nights booked in 2009. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in 38 languages in 100 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Amsterdam, Booking.com is a leading international online hotel reservation service operating in 92 countries in 38 languages. Booking.com offers its customers access to over 105,000 participating hotels worldwide. In the U.S., priceline.com 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 priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price(R) service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. Priceline.com also operates the following travel websites: Travelweb.com, Lowestfare.com, RentalCars.com and BreezeNet.com. Singapore-based Agoda.com is an Asian online hotel reservation service that offers hotel rooms around the world and is available in 32 languages. With headquarters in Manchester, UK, TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries. Customer support is provided in 20 languages.SOURCE The Priceline Group of CompaniesFor further information: For press information: Brian Ek, +1-203-299-8167, brian.ek@priceline.com