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U.S. travelers might be choosing to spend their Labor Day weekend (September 3-5) in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco. Major U.S. cities are this year’s leading end-of-summer hotspots, according to Priceline.com's annual list of the Top 50 Labor Day Destinations.
The mostly All-American results of this list, based on actual booking requests, indicate that no European cities made the 2011 list.
In a media release, Brian Ek, Priceline's in-house travel expert, also noted that the results were a bit of a surprise, since London was found to be a big draw for Memorial Day following the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Ek points to the current civil unrest in Europe as possibly having a negative 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," he said.
New York City's Midtown West area is the number one most popular destination for Labor Day 2011, followed by Chicago's North Michigan Ave./River North Area and Las Vegas Strip North.
Other top destinations are Seattle’s Downtown/Pike Place section, at number five; Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District, at 17; and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Area at 21. Other sections in New York City and Chicago also made the list.
San Francisco’s SOMA/Moscone Center area rounded out the list.
Priceline's Top 50 Labor Day list is based on hotel room booking requests made on the service provider’s Name Your Own Price hotel service for the holiday.