Despite growth in domestic and U.S. travel, Canadians are still
travelling to European, Asian and Latin American cities
TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - According to the hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®), Canadians travelled more in the first half of 2011 to the U.S. and
Canada and less to overseas destinations compared to 2010. But despite
this decline in international travel, there were several European,
Latin American and Asian cities that ranked in Canada's top 50 destinations for international travel. Hotels.com highlights some of these international favourites as well as
up-and-coming global hotspots.
"Last year, we saw a significant change with Canadians increasing travel
to domestic and U.S. destinations. However, many Canadians are still
visiting Europe and Asia for both business and leisure," said Victor
Owens, vice president of marketing North America for hotels.com. "As
the Hotel Price Index indicates, travel to Asia has risen, especially
in places like Bangkok and Beijing where average daily rates for four-
and five-star lodgings are less than $200* per night. We expect to see
more cities in these regions make their way onto the HPI's top
international destinations for Canadian travellers as their economies
grow, and there is more investment in hotels and overall tourism."
Europe is still attracting many Canadian visitors, especially the U.K., France, Italy and Spain. According to the HPI, Europe saw a year-over-year daily rate increase
of four per cent with London, and Paris, featuring average daily rates of over $200, and still ranking in the top 10 cities for international travel. Canadians also can't seem to get
enough of Italy's rich historical attractions, sumptuous cuisine and
breathtaking art, evidently shown as Rome, Venice and Florence were also top travel destinations in the first half of 2011.
Travellers looking for more affordable accommodations in Europe can find
deals in the picturesque city of Prague where four-star hotel rates average $112. Luxury - seekers can book rooms in five-star lodgings for less than $200 per
night in the cultural centres of Budapest, Berlin, Lisbon and Warsaw.
Asia on the rise
The latest HPI indicates that Asia continues to be an emerging locale
for Canadian travellers. Business, retail, cultural and culinary
hotspot Hong Kong, which is ranked as the 18th most-visited international destination, is
also one of the most expensive Asian cities, seeing a year-over-year
average daily rate increase of 16 per cent. Canadians looking for travel deals to Asia should consider visiting China's bustling cities Shanghai and Beijing, or Thai destinations Bangkok and Phuket, before demand for these exotic locations rises and prices increase.
Latin American hotspots
Brazil, part of the emerging BRIC countries and host to the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, is gaining popularity as both a business and leisure destination. The
South American country saw nightly room rates increase six per cent
from 2010, with an average daily rate of $225 for hotel rooms, making
Brazil the second most popular region among expensive countries, to
visit globally. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are ranked among the top ten most expensive cities in Latin America for
A warm welcome retreat for winter-weary Canadians and renowned for its
beautiful beaches, Mexico continues to attract Canadian tourists. Three Mexican cities - Cancun, Mayan Riviera and Puerta Vallarta are ranked in the top 50 international destinations for Canadian
travellers. Mayan Riviera was ranked as the 35th most-visited location by Canadians in 2011, a significant rise from its
45th place in 2010. This move could be attributed to a 26 per cent decrease
of its average daily hotel room price, to $161 in 2011 from $218 in
2010. While Mexico City's hotel rates increased eight per cent, Mexico as a whole saw
year-over-year prices decline five per cent.
The hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI) is a regular survey of hotel prices in major city destinations across
the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on hotels.com and prices
shown are those actually paid by customers (rather than advertised
rates) for the first half of 2011. The report largely compares prices
paid in 2010 with prices paid in 2011.
For the full report, featuring infographics, detailed maps, and a
city-by-city breakdown, visit: www.hotel-price-index.com.
About the HPI™
The HPI tracks the real prices paid per room by hotels.com customers
around the world using a weighted average based on the number of rooms
sold in each of the markets that hotels.com operates. The index started
in 2004, and includes all bookings across all-star ratings across the
approximately 140,000 properties in the more than 18,000 global
locations that make up the sample set of hotels from which prices are
*All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
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