New York has edged out Las Vegas as the most popular place to spend New Year's in the US for the first time in seven years, according to new data released by a travel booking website December 27.
As the world edges closer to ringing in 2012, it seems that American revelers would most like to see the ball drop in New York, ahead of watching fireworks exploding over the Strip, according to travel booking firm Priceline.com.
It's the first time that New York City has topped the list of most popular destinations for US travelers, and the Big Apple has a particularly strong showing this year -- NYC neighborhoods took seven of the top ten spots, which were calculated by looking at the number of hotel booking enquiries processed by Priceline.
Priceline's Brian Ek said that New York City will be helped this year by a weather forecast that calls for higher than usual temperatures over the holiday weekend.
Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South was pushed to second place, with Las Vegas, Strip North in fourth place -- the only non-New York or Las Vegas destination to make the top ten was New Orleans' French Quarter, which placed eighth.
Priceline's sister firm Agoda.com performed the same calculation for Asia-based travelers, basing its rankings on actual hotel bookings to reveal that Bangkok will be the most popular Asian destination to see in the beginning of 2012.
The Thai capital, which has seen serious flooding over the past few months, managed to beat Singapore and Hong Kong to the top spot for New Year's, Agoda said.
A spokesperson for the firm said that the interest was likely due to a ready supply of high-end hotel rooms at 'deeply discounted' rates following recent events in the city.
Priceline.com's Top New Year's Destinations for US Travelers
New York City, Times Square/Theater District
Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South
New York City, Midtown West
Las Vegas, Strip North
New York City, Midtown East
New York City, Central Park South
New York City, Madison Square Garden/Convention Center Area
New Orleans, French Quarter
New York City, Empire State Building Area
New York City, Chelsea Area
New Orleans, Downtown Area
New York City, Hell's Kitchen
Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North
Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area
New York City, Upper East Side
agoda.com's Top New Year's Destinations for Travelers in Asia
Chiang Mai, Thailand