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New York City Sits Atop Priceline.com's List Of Top 50 New Year's Party Spots

Florida and theme park destinations also come up big for ringing in the New Year

NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) today released its 9th annual list of the Top 50 destinations for ringing in the New Year. New York City topped the list, with the Midtown West area coming in at number one. Florida destinations took 12 spots on the list, while major theme park destinations in the Sunshine State and southern California appeared on the list 7 times. 

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 days around New Year's Eve.  Commenting on this year's results, priceline.com's in-house Travel Ekspert Brian Ek said, "This is the second straight year that New York City has taken the top spot, so revelers will probably see a crowded Times Square this year. Elsewhere, New Year's crowds appear to be headed to Florida and southern California where the theme parks and major parades should see solid turnouts."

Priceline.com's Top 50 New Year's Destinations


New York City, Midtown West


New Orleans, French Quarter


 Las Vegas, Strip North


New York City, Upper East Side


Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South


New York City, Times Square/Theater District


Orlando, Downtown Disney/Lake Buena Vista


Miami, Downtown


San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf


Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North Area


Oahu, Waikiki Beach Area


Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim North


Paris, Champs Elysees/Arc De Triomphe


New York City, Midtown East


Las Vegas, Fremont Street Vicinity


Maui, Ka'anapali/Lahaina


Los Angeles, Downtown


Orlando, Kissimmee


Las Vegas, Strip West


Los Angeles, Hollywood


Minneapolis, Downtown


New York City, Central Park South


Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim South/Orange/Garden Grove


Orlando, Downtown


London, Westminster


Oahu, Executive Center


San Francisco, Union Square East


Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metrocenter


Newark, Jersey City/Hoboken/Weehawken


Orlando, Sea World/International Drive/Convention Center


San Antonio, Riverwalk Area


San Juan


Oahu, Diamond Head Area


Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Area/International Drive North


Key West


San Francisco, SOMA/Moscone Center


Los Angeles, Beverly Hills/West Hollywood


New Orleans, Downtown


New York City, Upper West Side


Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place


Miami, South Beach/Central


Las Vegas, Airport Area


Oahu, Ko Olina


Miami, South Beach/Collins Avenue/Oceanfront


Atlanta, Downtown


Ft. Lauderdale, Beach Area


Miami Beach


Las Vegas, Boulder Strip


Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood


Seattle, Seattle Center/Space Needle

Hotel rooms, airline tickets and rental cars are still available on priceline.com www.priceline.com for the holiday, including many at substantial savings. Last-minute travelers also can use priceline.com's travel app, Priceline: Hotels, Flights & Rental Cars(sm). The app is optimized for the iPhone5 and is available for all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini). It can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/priceline-hotel-car-negotiator/id336381998?mt=8&uo=4

Priceline.com also offers a version of the app, with hotel and rental car booking features, for Android, that can be downloaded for free from the Android market https://market.android.com/details?id=com.priceline.android.negotiator. Travelers with other devices can access priceline.com's mobile-friendly website at m.priceline.com.

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and iTunes are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a registered trademark of Google, Inc.

About The Priceline Group

The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 270,000 participating hotels worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and Rentalcars.com - and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 180 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 250,000 hotels (as of December 4, 2012), 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, or the recently added Express DealsSM, where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding. Agoda.com is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 38 languages. Rentalcars.com is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in over 6,000 locations. Customer support is provided in 40 languages.

SOURCE Priceline.com

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