CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Summer travel, Las Vegas and beach destinations dominated the minds of travelers in 2014. In its Look Back Orbitz Insider Index, Orbitz.com examined the dates, destinations and deeds that motivated travelers in 2014, providing a glimpse into their habits and preferences heading into the New Year.
Busiest Travel Weeks in 2014: A long July Fourth weekend pushed the holiday into first place, based on hotel and airfare bookings. June was the busiest month for travel with two of the top five weeks falling in June according to Orbitz.com booking data. The Christmas holiday came in third busiest and although the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the busiest travel day of the year, Thanksgiving week did not make the top five.
| Orbitz Insider Index: The Top Five |
Busiest Weeks of the Year1
|1||June 29 to July 5, Fourth of July week|
|2||June 22 to June 28, fourth week of June|
|3||Dec. 21 to Dec. 27, Christmas week|
|4||June 15 to June 21, third week of June|
|5||May 18 to May 24, third week of May|
Top 2014 U.S. Destinations: Las Vegas retains its spot as the number one U.S. domestic destination thanks to new headlining shows by Shania Twain and Britney Spears, followed by New York, no doubt due to great deals, new hotels, popular attractions and major sporting events over the past year.
Big cities topped the list followed by beach and family-friendly destinations like Orlando and San Diego. Seattle came in seventh on the heels of a big win for its football team and an unusually mild and dry fall. Atlanta took the ninth spot this year, perhaps motivated by a surge in zombie travelers, inspired by AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," coupled with an appealing downtown area with up-and-coming culinary and music scenes.2
| Orbitz Insider Index: The Top U.S. Travel |
Destinations in 20143
Top 2014 International Destinations: European mainstays London and Paris held on to their popular status this year, but international travelers largely stayed in North America and the Caribbean with Cancun, Mexico topping the list as the most popular international destination. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic scored the number two spot because of better deals in the past year with prices dropping as much as 4 percent from 2013. Hong Kong, the world's most international city and new to this year's list, ranked seventh with many Americans capitalizing on a stronger than normal dollar.
| Orbitz Insider Index: The Top International Travel |
Destinations in 20144
|2||Punta Cana, Dominican Republic|
|4||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|6||Playa Del Carmen, Mexico|
|9||Riviera Maya, Mexico|
|10||Niagara Falls, Canada|
What Did People Do on Vacation in 2014: As Orbitz.com predicted earlier this year, experiential travel was a priority for tourists in 2014 as travelers looked for cultural, adventurous or iconic experiences during their journeys. Orbitz.com editors looked at booking data to identify the top experiences around the globe. Four of the top 10 attractions were based in Mexico, which is no surprise given it had such a strong presence on the top international destinations list. Classics like the Eiffel Tower and Vatican museum continue to be fan favorites.
|Orbitz.com Insider Index: Top Tours and Excursions of 2014|
|1||Xcaret Eco-Waterpark Excursion (Riviera Maya, MX)|
|2||Selvatica Adventure: Ziplining & Cliff Diving (Riviera Maya, MX)|
|3||El Yunque Rain Forest Excursion (San Juan, PR)|
|4||9/11 Memorial Tour (NYC)|
|5||Cabo Sunset Cruise (Cabo San Lucas, MX)|
|6||Las Vegas Strip Helicopter Night Flight|
|7||Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica & Sistine Chapel Tour (Rome, IT)|
|8||Skip the Line Tour: Eiffel Tower (Paris, FR)|
|9||Chichen Itza Ruins Tour (Chichen Itza, MX)|
|10||Old Lahaina Luau (Maui, HI)|
Best Reviewed Hotels: The customer knows best, especially when it comes to ranking the world's best hotels. The Orbitz Best in Stay list is determined by the overall numeric score of verified hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers who have booked and stayed at hotels in the past year. Customers rate the hotels based on amenities, hotel staff, room comfort, location and value.
| Orbitz Insider Index: |
Top 10 Domestic Hotels Based on Reviews
| Orbitz Insider Index: |
Top 10 International Hotels Based on Reviews
|1||Las Vegas: Wynn Las Vegas||Cancun: Excellence Playa Mujeres Cancun|
|2||New York: The Peninsula New York||Punta Cana: Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro|
|3||Chicago: The Peninsula Chicago||London: One Aldwych, London|
|4||Los Angeles: Montage Beverly Hills||Jamaica: Half Moon, A Rockresort|
|5||Washington, D.C.: The Hay-Adams||Paris: Hotel Bel Ami|
|6||Orlando: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes||Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa|
|7||Denver: Hotel Teatro||Aruba: Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts|
|8||San Francisco: Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square||Barcelona: Hotel Casa Fuster|
|9||Maui: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea||Puerto Vallarta: Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa|
|10||Miami: Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach||Hong Kong: The Peninsula Hong Kong|
1 Busiest travel weeks and individual days determined by total air bookings (domestic and international) made on Orbitz.com by 12/1/14 for travel between 1/1/14 and 12/31/14. Each seven-day period included travel booked Sunday through the following Saturday.
3 Top domestic destinations determined by total hotel and package bookings made on Orbitz.com by 12/1/14 for travel between 1/1/14 and 12/31/14.
4 Top international destinations determined by total hotel and package bookings made on Orbitz.com by 12/1/14 for travel between 1/1/14 and 12/31/14.
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