Leading Online Travel Company Highlights This Year's Hot Holiday Locations and Unveils "Staff Insider Picks" to Celebrate New Year's 2006
CHICAGO - December 7, 2005 - Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), the faster, easier way to find the trip you want, today released the fourth edition of The Orbitz Insider Index, a monthly, in-depth look at travel trends from an industry insider's perspective. Whether you're looking to bask in the sun, hit the slopes or simply spend time with the family, Orbitz has its finger on the pulse of the travel industry with insider information that can help anyone enjoy the upcoming holiday season.
"Millions of Americans will be heading home for the holidays, many of whom have already booked their travel, however there are still a lot of people deciding how they are going to celebrate the New Year," said Heather Leisman, director of merchandizing for Orbitz. "By taking a look at advance bookings on Orbitz.com, we were able to determine this year's holiday hotspots and tap into our travel experts to help guide travelers to the best destinations to ring in the New Year."
Holiday and New Year's Hotspots
The Orbitz Insider Index reviews an aggregate mix of future bookings (flight and hotel) on Orbitz.com, indicating significant destination and departure trend information within the data. According to The Orbitz Insider Index, this year's most popular holiday and New Year's destinations are:
Orbitz Staff Insider Picks - New Year's 2006
In addition to "The Insider Index," Orbitz also released its New Year's 2006 "Staff Insider Picks" to provide insight for travelers looking to send 2005 out with a bang! From being single in "Sin City" to watching fireworks in Rio de Janeiro, these staff picks offer the inside scoop on the best destinations around the world to ring in the New Year.
"Best Big Party Destination" - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The big party is in Rio. Every year millions of locals and tourists come dressed in white and flood Copacabana Beach to celebrate the New Year with passion in full Brazilian style. The combination of a beautiful beach, a fabulous spectacle of fireworks exploding in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf, and the sound of Samba in the air make Rio an unforgettable location to kick-off the New Year. There is no admission fee and in addition to the fireworks display, there are several stages with live music performances throughout the evening. Caipirinhas anyone?
"Great European Destination" - Prague, Czech Republic
If a European celebration is what you are craving, head to Prague for its city-wide extravaganza. Known as "Silvestr," New Year's is the biggest celebration on the city's calendar. Party central in Prague is Old Town Square where people from all over the world celebrate the beauty of the city's architecture and cobbled streets in a truly festive atmosphere. Local revelers set off their own assortment of fireworks throughout the day and the night culminates with a majestic fireworks display over the largest medieval castle in the world.
"Best Singles Destination" - Las Vegas, NV
If you are looking to let loose with your single friends this New Year, "The Adult Playground of the Western World" is definitely the place to be. Las Vegas provides a single's dream, with non-stop gambling, partying and shopping. And to celebrate the New Year, take your pick of parties, from spending the night at the ultimate dance party at the one and only Studio 54, to watching the fireworks light up the sky as ten of the Vegas' largest hotels set off a midnight light show in the sky.
"Best Family Celebration" - Boston, MA
Family is what the holidays are all about, and Boston's First Night 2006 celebration is another great reason to bundle the kids up and ring in the New Year together. First Night in Boston is the oldest and largest New Year's art celebration in the country. Enjoy activities that run from the early afternoon to midnight on December 31 at over 40 indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Boston. You'll find something for everyone including dance, comedy, theatre, music and film.
"Sail into 2006" - Caribbean Cruise
If you want to celebrate New Year's on the high seas, explore taking a Caribbean cruise. Major cruise lines offer specific New Year's packages for people looking for an alternative to the typical party in the city atmosphere. In addition to a full fledged on-board New Year's celebration complete with special décor, party favors and noisemakers, you will be able to do some island hopping before and after the festivities to round out your getaway.
"Most Fun-in-the-Sun Destination" - South Beach, Miami
Known for its late-night clubs and frequent celebrity sightings, South Beach, Miami is a New Year's hotspot. With its breathtaking beaches, Latin feel, and endless nightclubs and restaurants, South Beach will warm you up during the winter months and have you dancing the night away on New Year's Eve. Before hitting the dance floors of this art deco district, celebrate the countdown to midnight at Bayfront Park with the "Big Orange" and a great fireworks display over Biscayne Bay.
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