Hotels.com Announces Winning Holiday for 'Name Your November Holiday' Facebook Contest

The votes are in and 42 per cent of Canadians favour Holiday Shopping Day!

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Christmas may be more than a month away, but retailers will be happy to know that Canadians are ready to shop for holiday gifts. According to a recent hotels.com® 'Name Your November Holiday' contest, hosted on hotels.com Canada's Facebook page, 42 per cent of Canadians want a Holiday Shopping Day in November. Grand prize winner Nicole Sweeney from Angus, Ontario was randomly selected from contest participants to receive a two-night stay at one of 65,000 welcomerewards™ eligible hotels on hotels.com.

"With Labour Day, Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and many other statutory holidays throughout the year, hotels.com's 'Name Your November Holiday' contest was a fun and engaging way for Canadians to choose what they would celebrate if they had a nationwide day off in November," said Taylor Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for hotels.com. "The results clearly show that holiday shopping is top-of-mind this time of year and Canadians want a day to get it done."

Nearly 900 hotels.com Canada Facebook fans voted on the five proposed November holidays. Holiday Shopping Day topped the list with 42 per cent of the votes followed by Hockey Holiday (17 per cent); Snow Tire Day (15 per cent); Lucy Maud Montgomery Day (14 per cent); and Girls Only/Boys Only Day (12 per cent).

With the majority of Facebook fans voting for a Holiday Shopping Day, hotels.com has some recommended travel deals and accommodations near popular shopping districts for gift-buyers everywhere.

West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta

Touted as the biggest mall in North America with 800 stores, Edmonton's West Edmonton Mall is an ideal destination for gift buying, offering a combined theme park and retail experience. Visitors can take a break from shopping and enjoy some recreational activities at the indoor skating rink, water park, and roller coaster. Book your stay at the nearby Sutton Place Hotel and save 25 to 35 per cent off if you reserve prior to December 31, 2011.

Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario

Customers looking for luxury shopping need look no further than one of Canada's most exclusive shopping districts: Yorkville in downtown Toronto.  Exclusive eateries, one-of-a-kind boutiques and high-end stores featuring designer brands like Burberry, Prada, Vera Wang and Louis Vuitton, make up Yorkville's chic neighbourhood. You can splurge on a room in the 1940's-inspired Hazelton Hotel Toronto, Canada's first five-star hotel or save at Toronto's Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 1 kilometre away from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver's Robson Street has something for everyone. The three-block stretch between Burrard and Jervis offers an array of options including Club Monaco, Gucci, and Canadian favourites Roots and Lululemon Athletica.  After a long day of shopping, visitors can relax at the art-filled Listel Hotel, featuring paintings, blown glass, sculpture and a renowned collection of regional First Nations art.

Quartier DIX30, Brossard, Quebec

Located on Montreal's South Shore, Quartier DIX30 is a popular weekend shopping mecca for Montrealers and visitors alike. Canada's first lifestyle centre offers the urban shopping experience for suburbanites living in Brossard. The nearby boutique hotel ALT Hotel Quartier Dix30  features a modern ambiance with its chic design.

Elmwood Village, Buffalo, New York

Located just across the Niagara Falls border, Buffalo, New York is a popular destination for cross-border shopping. Named one of the "10 Great Neighbourhoods in America" by the American Planning Association, Elmwood Village offers an outdoor winter wonderland, with boutiques and restaurants lined along its streets. Adam's Mark Buffalo hotel is situated downtown and a short drive away from the village. Rooms are available for as low as $104 CDN per night.

About "Name Your November Holiday" Contest

The contest was conducted from October 19 to November 2 on www.facebook.com/hotelsdotcomca.  Participants over 18 years of age were automatically entered to win daily prizes of Flip™ Ultra Camcorders and gift cards, and a grand prize of a two-night stay at one of 65,000 welcomerewards™ eligible hotels on hotels.com. Prize winners were randomly selected among the entries.

About hotels.com

hotels.com (also known in Canada as hotels.ca) is a leading provider of worldwide accommodations to Canadians, offering reservation services through its website at www.hotels.com and its toll-free call centre at 1-800-CA-HOTELS (1-800-224-6835). hotels.com offers travellers the widest selection of accommodations - from traditional hotels to vacation rentals - at more than 140,000 properties in Canada, the United States, Europe, and around the world. The company offers a one-stop shopping source for hotels, with 2.5 million customer reviews, a Price Match Guarantee,  an industry leading loyalty rewards program, welcomerewards®,  and pricing in Canadian dollars.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hotelsdotcomca and Twitter at www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcomca. hotels.com is a brand owned and operated by Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

hotels.com, WelcomeRewards and the hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2011 hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved.      

Image with caption: "The lobby at the Listel Hotel, located in the shopping district on Robson St. in Vancouver, British Columbia. (CNW Group/Hotels.com)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111114_C5432_PHOTO_EN_6636.jpg

SOURCE Hotels.com

For further information:

Press contacts: 
Lynnette Visaya      
energi PR for hotels.com     
Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 22    
Email: lynnette.visaya@energipr.com   
Taylor L. Cole, APR   
hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com


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