Canadian hotel prices increase three per cent in 2013
TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The average price of a hotel room in
Canada rose three per cent during 2013, according to the latest Hotels.com™ Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™). With the Canadian dollar declining throughout the last half of 2013 to
a three-year low1, many travellers took the opportunity to explore Canada.
"The HPI has tracked four years of solid progress since hotel prices
declined in 2008," said Neha Parikh, vice president and general
manager, Hotels.com North America. "This steady growth is a good sign
for the Canadian travel industry and the 2013 prices paid are a useful
guide for inspiration to visit familiar domestic cities and venture out
and discover a wide range of destinations beyond Canada's border."
Top Canadian Performers
With a lower Canadian dollar, U.S. travellers took the opportunity to
cross the border and explore the country's cultural and entertainment
capital, Toronto, which surpassed Rome to rank as the third Most
Popular International City for Americans for the first time since 2010.
As in previous HPIs, Montreal and Vancouver claimed the second and
third spots amongst domestic travellers, respectively, however for
foreign guests, Vancouver beat Montreal to hold the second place
Canadian Travel Habits
In 2013, the American city known for its theme parks, orange juice and
white sand beaches jumped to third place on the list of Most Popular
International Cities for Canadians. Orlando, FL moved up one spot,
behind New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV, which maintained their first and
second place positions, respectively.
A new addition to the 20 Most Popular International Cities for Canadians
list is Hong Kong, jumping seven spots in 2013 to enter the list at
number 16. Aside from being the only Asian destination in the Top 20,
the city is known for its expansive skyline, harbour-front and shopping
districts. Although it's a popular business destination, Hong Kong is a
great fusion of history and modern innovation sure to please travellers
seeking a well-rounded travel experience.
Best Values Four and Five Star Hotels
The epitome of luxury is a five-star hotel and the 2013 HPI helps
travellers find the best hotel deals the world has to offer. When
Canadians want to relax without breaking the bank, hotels in Europe,
East Asia and North Africa offer world-class hotels at competitive
prices. Warsaw, Poland offered the best dollar-per-star value in 2013.
For only $120 per night, Canadians indulged in the lap of luxury
without spending much Polish złoty, Poland's currency.
Golden-sand beaches, medieval castles and cobblestone roads are just the
beginning in Lisbon, Portugal. With an average five-star room rate of
only $171 per night in 2013, Canadians can look to treat themselves to
well-appointed accommodations while enjoying the city's rich history,
great food and wine and vibrant nightlife.
Great five-star hotel deals could also be fund in Mumbai, India ($187),
Guangzhou, China ($188), Budapest, Hungary ($192) and Delhi, India
($192). For more information on Canada specific results, please visit www.hotel-price-index.com/2014/spring/ca.
About the HPI
The HPI is based on bookings made on Hotels.com sites and prices shown
are those actually paid by customers per room per night, rather than
advertised rates. More than 150,000 properties around the world make up
the sample set of hotels from which prices are taken. To access the
full report, including detailed maps, colorful photos and a
city-by-city breakdown, please visit: www.hotel-price-index.com/2014/spring/ca.
About Hotels.com (http://www.hotels.com)
Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online
accommodation booking website with more than 260,000 properties around
the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts
to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the
information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile
phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on
the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.
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