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Priceline.com & agoda.com Release Lists of Top New Year's Party Spots

Monday, December 26, 2011

Priceline.com & agoda.com Release Lists of Top New Year's Party Spots09:00 EST Monday, December 26, 2011New York City & Florida are big winners in the U.S., while Bangkok and Singapore are the top destinations in AsiaNORWALK, Conn. and SINGAPORE, Dec. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) and agoda.com today released their lists of top destinations for ringing in 2012.  New York City's Times Square is the #1 destination for U.S. revelers, and it marks the first time in seven years that New York City has edged Las Vegas for the top spot on priceline.com's list.  Meanwhile, in the Asia-Pacific region, Bangkok and Singapore are the first and second-choice destinations for New Year's party-goers.Priceline.com's top destinations list is based on thousands of hotel booking requests made by customers of its Name Your Own Price® hotel service for the New Year's weekend.  Agoda.com's list is based on hotel reservations made for the upcoming holiday.  Hotel room reservations are still available on priceline.com www.priceline.com and agoda.com www.agoda.com for the New Year's weekend, including many at substantial savings.In the U.S., there were some big winners in the battle for New Year's tourists.  New York City neighborhoods took seven of the top 10 spots, and 14 of the 50 spots on the list, followed by Las Vegas, which took six spots.  "It appears that New York City will be helped this year by a weather forecast that calls for warmer than usual temperatures over the holiday weekend," said priceline.com's in-house Travel Ekspert, Brian Ek.  Florida destinations (Miami and Orlando) took nine spots on the list.  Priceline.com's Top 50 New Year's Destinations for U.S. Travelers #1New York City, Times Square/Theater District#2Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South#3New York City, Midtown West#4Las Vegas, Strip North#5New York City, Midtown East#6New York City, Central Park South#7New York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Center Area#8New Orleans, French Quarter#9New York City, Empire State Building Area#10New York City, Chelsea Area#11New Orleans, Downtown Area#12New York City, Hell's Kitchen#13Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North#14Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area#15New York City, Upper East Side#16    San Francisco, Union Square East#17     Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park Area#18      San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill#19      New York City, Upper West Side#20      Orlando, Downtown Disney/Lake Buena Vista#21      Las Vegas, Near Strip West#22      Las Vegas, Near Strip East#23      Miami, South Beach/Collins Avenue Oceanfront#24      Miami, South Beach/Ocean Drive#25      New Orleans, Convention Center and Warehouse/Arts District#26      Las Vegas, Convention Center Area#27      San Francisco, Financial District/Embarcadero#28      New York City, Queensborough Bridge Area#29      Orlando, Sea World/International Drive/Convention Center#30      Miami, South Beach/Central#31      Miami, Downtown#32      San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf#33      New York City, Soho/Tribeca#34      Philadelphia, Downtown#35      New York City, Downtown/Financial District#36      Atlanta, Downtown#37      Los Angeles, Hollywood#38      Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Area/Int'l Drive North#39      Orlando, Disney/Maingate/Celebration#40      Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metrocenter#41      Minneapolis, Downtown#42      San Francisco, SOMA/Moscone Center#43      Miami, International Airport Area#44      New Orleans, Garden District#45      San Francisco, Fremont St. Vicinity#46      New York City, Lower East Side#47      San Diego, Downtown/Harbor Island#48      Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim South/Orange/Garden Grove#49      Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim North#50      Toronto, Downtown SouthIn the Asia-Pacific region, agoda.com President Robert Rosenstein commented, "Thailand remains our top New Year's destination.  This is due to a deep supply of high-end product at steeply discounted rates, and the resilient spirit of Thai people, who embrace the holiday season with events, decorations, music and a cheerful attitude."agoda.com's Top 10 New Year's Destinations for Travelers in Asia #1Bangkok#2Singapore#3Hong Kong#4Kuala Lumpur#5Phuket#6Bali#7Chiang Mai#8Taipei#9Seoul#10MacauAbout The Priceline GroupThe Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 200,000 participating hotels worldwide.  The Group is composed of four primary brands -- Booking.com, priceline.com, agoda.com and TravelJigsaw -- and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 140 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. Booking.com is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 170,000 hotels (as of November 7, 2011), and is available in 41 languages.  More recent hotel counts are available on the Booking.com website.  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® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available.  Agoda.com 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: Press, Brian Ek, +1-203-299-8167, brian.ek@priceline.com, or Investor Relations, Matthew Tynan, +1-203-299-8487, matt.tynan@priceline.com