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Press release from PR Newswire Finds Major U.S. Cities Are Big Winners as Travelers Stay Closer to Home for Labor Day 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Finds Major U.S. Cities Are Big Winners as Travelers Stay Closer to Home for Labor Day 201108:00 EDT Wednesday, August 17, 2011NORWALK, 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 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 2011RankNeighborhood#1New York City, Midtown West#2Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North Area#3Las Vegas, Strip North#4Charlotte, Downtown#5Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place#6St. Louis, Downtown#7San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf#8Atlanta, Downtown#9Seattle, City Center/Space Needle#10St. Catharines, Niagara Falls#11Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South#12New York City, Upper East Side#13San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island#14Dallas, Downtown#15Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park#16Atlanta, Buckhead Area#17Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District#18Savannah, Historic Savannah and Riverfront#19New York City, Times Square/Theater District#20Austin, Downtown#21Baltimore, Inner Harbor Area#22Boston, Cambridge#23New York City, Downtown/Soho/Financial District#24Providence, Downtown#25New York City, Midtown East#26Seattle, Lake Union#27Dallas, Arlington/Grand Prairie#28Boston, Waterfront/Convention Center#29Seattle, Airport Area#30Buffalo, Niagara Falls#31Boston, Copley Square/Theater District#32San Francisco, Airport/Burlingame#33New Orleans, French Quarter#34San Francisco, Union Square East#35Virginia Beach#36Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim North#37South Bend#38Napa#39Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs South#40Chicago, Greater Chicago#41Sonoma#42Montreal, Downtown/City Centre#43Atlantic City#44Las Vegas, Strip West Area#45Jersey City#46Reno#47San Antonio, Riverwalk#48San Francisco, Financial District/Embarcadero#49Annapolis#50San Francisco, SOMA/Moscone Center   About The Priceline GroupThe 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.SOURCE Priceline.comFor further information: For Press Information: Brian Ek, +1-203-299-8167,, For Investor Relations: Matthew Tynan, +1-203-299-8487,