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Travelers Extending Valentine's Day for a Romantic Getaway this President's Day Weekend, According to New Orbitz Insider Index

Annual survey finds romantic trips top consumer's wish lists this lovers' holiday; Las Vegas ousts San Francisco as this year's "Sexiest City"

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A romantic excursion is the preferred Valentine's Day gift over candy and flowers – but subtle hints are not enough – as nearly 80% of those hoping for a quick trip to top destinations like Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York have never received a Valentine's Day trip, according to survey and booking data analyzed by Orbitz (

While nearly 40% of those surveyed plan to celebrate Valentine's Day on the actual day this year, Orbitz data reveals that many are also taking advantage of the three-day holiday weekend that follows. 56% more hotel bookings are planned for President's Day weekend, vs. the weekend before (Feb. 10-13). Las Vegas tops the list as the most popular destination and, according to those surveyed, is also deemed the sexiest city in the country, bumping out last year's winner—San Francisco—which came in fifth. Internationally, a more conventionally thought of sexy city – Paris – was chosen.

Booking a romantic getaway is quick and easy, but surprisingly enough, more than 80% of people have never received a trip for Valentine's Day. For the second year in a row, "a bungalow on a remote beach" was the most preferred type of romantic vacation (46%), overshadowing "cozy bed & breakfast in wine country" (24%), an "upscale boutique hotel in the heart of the city" (16%), and "ski chalet in the mountains" (9%).

"Giving the gift of travel for Valentine's Day can go a long way with your sweetheart. Many think it has to be expensive or time-consuming but with Orbitz' new 'Mobile Steals,' deals around the world can be found while on the go," said Orbitz Senior Travel Editor Jeanenne Tornatore. "And with top destinations such as Las Vegas offering average hotel rates of $112 per night, booking a room at romantic hotel may just be easier and more affordable than dinner for two at your local eatery."

Most Popular Destinations for Valentine's Day 2012

In addition to the annual survey, Orbitz also looked at the most popular destinations for Valentine's Day travelers and average daily hotel rates. Highlights include:

  • New destinations to the 2012 list include Atlantic City, San Diego and Honolulu.
  • Las Vegas holds strong in the number one slot for the third year in a row, in part due to the number of new hotel and venue openings and low average daily hotel rates at $112 per night.
  • With Mardi Gras festivities well under way, New Orleans will be the party spot for couples.  The destination also has the highest average daily hotel rate of the top 10 at $255 per night.

Orbitz Valentine's Day Insider Index

Most Popular Destinations Ranked by Bookings(1)





Average Daily Hotel Rate


Las Vegas




New Orleans




New York




San Francisco












Atlantic City




San Diego












(1)Top Valentine's Day destinations are based on hotel bookings
made on through January 26, 2012 for travel
February 16-20, 2012.


Sexiest Domestic and International Cities

Of those surveyed, "location/scenery" topped the list (32%) of what makes a city sexy, followed closely by "personality of a city" (28%) and nightlife (13%). Once a city is chosen, consumers are picking hotels based on the amenities. When asked what hotel amenities are most important for a romantic getaway, coming in neck and neck were "breakfast in bed" (27%) and "champagne/chocolates upon arrival" (26%).


Orbitz Valentine's Day Survey

Sexiest Cities(2)



U.S. Destination

International Destination



Las Vegas

Paris, France




Rio de Janeiro



New York





St. Tropez



San Francisco

Barcelona, Spain



New Orleans

Monte Carlo



Los Angeles



(2)Destinations are based on independent survey results of 752
people between 1/19/12 and 1/21/12.


Even though Valentine's Day is just around the corner, there are plenty more sweet deals to be had. Travelers can now save $50 using promo code "OrbitzSpring" when booking an upcoming getaway on Orbitz. The promo is valid until February 29 with travel completed by April 15 on a four plus night flight and hotel vacation package in select destinations. Visit for more information.

For those searching for deals on the go, check out Orbitz "Mobile Steals" at, which offers mobile-exclusive rates of up to 50% off hotels worldwide across all mobile channels.

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