When the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, Times Square won’t just be the place to which most television stations across the country are tuned. It will also be the hottest travel destination for the holiday weekend, according to data from Priceline.com.
Times Square edged out last year’s No. 1, Las Vegas’ South Strip, on Priceline’s ranking, which it compiles using hotel booking requests from customers using its Name Your Own Price service. And with five of the top seven neighborhoods and 14 of the top 50, New York City is the clear favorite place to ring in the New Year. Las Vegas boasts six of the top 50 destinations.
Other U.S. cities whose hotel business will flourish this weekend include New Orleans (French Quarter No. 8, Downtown Area No. 11), Chicago (North Michigan Avenue/River North Area No. 15, Millennium Park/Loop/Grant Park Area No. 17) and San Francisco (Union Square West/Nob Hill No. 18, Financial District/Embarcadero No. 27).
In the Asia-Pacific region, a similar tally from Agoda.com puts Bangkok in the lead, with Singapore second and Hong Kong third. Only one of Agoda’s top 10, Seoul, at No. 4, is unquestionably located in East Asia. Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Bali, Chiang Mai, Taipei and Macau round out the list. (The latter two, along with Hong Kong, are sometimes geographically included in Southeast Asia.)
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