Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but leisure travel is not ready to slow down just yet. And it looks like Houston is one of the top places folks are looking to travel this coming holiday weekend.
According to HotelPlanner.com, more people are traveling and booking hotels over the holiday weekend compared to last year thanks to lower gas prices, affordable lodging rates, and a strong U.S. dollar. The site ranked the cities with the highest number of reservations based on data pulled over the three-day weekend and Houston came in at No. 6. The Bayou City is expected to draw a large number of folks to town for the Advocare Texas Kickoff featuring the University of Houston vs. Oklahoma.
Although a large sum of travelers are still booking major city escapes (Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta), the most interesting find is a shift with holiday travelers trading in nationally known city destinations for secondary cities (Nashville, New Orleans, and Seattle). Overall, travelers are making their vacation days count more than ever.
This year’s top Labor Day destinations are:
5. New Orleans
9. Las Vegas
10. New York City
According to HotelPlanner.com, a few hotel deals in Houston include the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Houston-Downtown Convention Center, a 3-star hotel starting at $105; the Hyatt Regency Houston, a 4-star downtown hotel starting at $132; and the Howard Johnson Express Inn - Houston Downtown, a 2-star hotel starting at $84.