Hawaii has made Priceline.com’s list of top summer destinations, with Oahu rated as the second most popular beach destination and the 10th most popular summer destination of all.
Oahu, home to the world famous Waikiki Beach, was second only to San Diego for top beach destinations, while Maui took the No. 6 spot, after such Mainland beach destinations as Myrtle Beach, S.C., Miami and Virginia Beach, Va.
Maui also topped the list of bargain destinations for summer, because of a 10 percent year-over-year decrease in the average daily rate for hotels on the island. A recent report by Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc., however, found that the average daily rate on Maui rose 7.6 percent during the first quarter compared to last year.
Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) also note that national airfare averages are running about the same as last year, making it more affordable for travelers to book vacations.
“Consumers who shop carefully will find that, for many destinations, summer 2014 is a buyers market for travel, Brian Ek, travel editor for Priceline.com, said in a statement. “This past winter’s ‘polar vortex’ effect kept many would-be travelers at home, and now many destinations are working extra hard with amazing deals to lure spring and summer tourists.”
Janis L. Magin Managing Editor – Pacific Business News