CHICAGO, Ill. – The list of top 10 destinations for Spring Break and the results of a survey revealing consumer travel habits for Spring 2011 have been released today.
Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for 2011
Orlando dethrones Las Vegas as the number one Spring Break destination.
Florida is king of Spring Break 2011 with four of the top 10 destinations in the state (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Tampa).
While average daily hotel rates are up in 8 of the top 10 destinations, affordable lodging deals are still available for spring travelers. Half of the top 10 destinations offer average daily hotel rates under $100 per night (Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, Los Angeles and Denver).
Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for 2011(1)
YOY ADR % Change
+ + 7%
+ + 15%
+ + 5%
+ + 19%
+ + 10%
+ + 4%
+ + 3%
+ + 4%
Three Tips for Scoring a Spring Break within Budget
According to a recent survey, 75% of Spring Break travelers plan to keep their spring travel budget under $2,000. Orbitz.com Senior Travel Editor, Jeanenne Tornatore, offers three tips for scoring a fantastic Spring Break getaway that won’t break the bank:
Consider Off-Season City Escapes: Travelers looking for a spring getaway that will offer lots of fun minus the big budget should consider a city escape, particularly in a destination in its off-season like Chicago or Boston. “Hotels in big-city, off-season destinations will likely have excess inventory and are offering deals that will be hard for travelers to pass up,” says Tornatore.
Search for Hotel Promotions: “Looking for hotel promotions like 4th night free, ‘kids stay free’ or ‘kids eat free’ is a great way to save money on a Spring getaway,” continues Tornatore.
Package Deals are “Savings” Gold: “Buying a package deal is like putting a piece of gold back into a traveler’s pocket,” says Tornatore.
Other Notable Highlights from the Spring Travel Survey
Beaches (29%), cruises (25%) and city escapes (24%) were of interest to most travelers booking a Spring Break trip this year.
An overwhelming 88% of travelers will avoid destinations that are thought to be college Spring Break party destinations, opting to find a more relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere.
Proving that the destinations are recovering from last year’s oil spill, over half of Spring Break travelers would consider the Florida Gulf Coast and surrounding beaches for their Spring beach getaway.