Girls Gone … Wise! hotels.com Discovers More Spring Breakers Seeking Low-Key Getaways

Novelty of Wild Party Scene Fades as Safety Concerns Come to the Fore

DALLAS, March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The annual ritual of wild Spring Break partying by U.S. college students may be losing its appeal. A recent hotels.com(R) survey of college-age adults reveals a rise in interest around alternatives to the overexposed debauchery long seen as a rite of passage. Citing increased concerns about personal safety and the decreasing appeal of the stereotypical Spring Break party atmosphere, 69 percent of survey participants agree that huge, crazy, “girls gone wild” type Spring Break events “stopped being cool about five years ago.” “A cool hotel” tops the list of today’s must-haves for a great Spring Break.

In news sure to delight parents, the survey reveals that nearly half of all respondents feel the best way to spend Spring Break is by taking a low-key, relaxing getaway with a couple of close friends. Parents who want to encourage a saner holiday should consider the power of the pocketbook. Forty-eight percent of young Americans surveyed pay for their Spring Break entirely on their own, but 61 percent felt that their parents would be more likely to help them pay for their Spring Break vacation if they’d choose a low-key venue over party central.

For parents and Spring Breakers alike, safety is clearly a top focus as more than six out of ten young Americans (64 percent) say they are more concerned about safety when traveling than they were several years ago, with nearly one in four reporting that they “think about safety all the time” when traveling during Spring Break. Today’s savvy young adults are taking responsibility for themselves and their friends, as 62 percent of female respondents now make more of a point to talk with their friends about safety on Spring Break than in previous years.

Though the ground rules may have changed, the focus on fun remains the same. When asked to choose three essentials for an awesome Spring Break from a list, the most popular response was “a cool hotel” (61 percent), followed by “trendy restaurants and shopping nearby” (47 percent) and “access to fun activities like bungee jumping” (33 percent). With its detailed property descriptions, customer reviews, local area attraction listings, side-by-side comparison features, and great deals, hotels.com makes it easy for travelers to find a “cool hotel” that best fits their needs.

“These days it is easier than ever for travelers to find the perfect hotel and dream destination for a memorable, fun and safe Spring Break,” said Nicole Hockin, leisure travel expert, hotels.com. “With a little creativity and willingness to plot their own course, Spring Breakers can find fantastic deals on great hotels in locations with interesting cultural activities, plenty of sightseeing opportunities and trendy hotspots nearby.”

When researching destinations and activities for a non-traditional Spring Break trip, there are several options, including:

— Hotel-spa adventure in Arizona;
— Shopping/Broadway/Museums trek to New York City;
— Holing up in a vacation rental in Hilton Head;
— Lazing on the beach in San Diego

hotels.com offers great deals on happening hotels in cities such as Acapulco (from $54), Los Angeles (from $66), Montreal (from $78), Palm Springs (from $71), Phoenix (from $106), San Diego (from $64), and Washington D.C. (from $99). To discover the wide array of potential spring break destinations, visit www.hotels.com.

Survey Methodology

This online survey was conducted in February 2006 by Kelton Research on behalf of hotels.com to a nationally representative sample of 300 U.S. adults between the ages of 18-22 who had considered planning a Spring Break vacation. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 5.7 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The survey instrument was designed jointly by hotels.com and Kelton Research, while all material production, respondent contact, data capture/validation and tabulation was handled solely by Kelton Research.

About hotels.com

hotels.com(R) is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering reservation services through its own web sites (including http://www.hotels.com/ and others), its interactive affiliate network (http://www.ian.com/ ), and its toll-free call centers (1-800-2-HOTELS). hotels.com gives travelers one of the widest selections of lodging accommodations from traditional hotels to vacation rentals at more than 25,000 properties worldwide. Hotels.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) .

hotels.com Tips for a Smarter Spring Break

— Take advantage of the advice your hotel can offer. Ask the front desk
for recommendations on restaurants, spas, bars, shopping, etc., and
information about the safety of areas you plan to visit;

— Don’t walk anywhere by yourself and make sure you stick with at least
one of your buddies at all times;

— Don’t leave personal items, including food or drinks, unattended;

— Don’t give your hotel room number out to anyone;

— Bring two types of ID with you, and always leave one in a safe place at
the hotel;

— Carry your hotel address and phone number with you at all times.

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