Hotwire Reveals Canadian Hotel Rate Report for April 2010


    
    Windsor Tops Hotel Rate Report for the First Time with 31 Percent Price
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<p><span class="xn-location">SAN FRANCISCO</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 14</span> /CNW/ -- Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel site, today announced the results of the <span class="xn-chron">April 2010</span> Hotwire® Canadian Hotel Rate Report, which features the top five cities in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> where hotel rates have dropped the most. When combined with Hotwire's already discounted prices, the Hotel Rate Report helps guide customers to the destinations that will maximize their travel dollars. Windsor and Cambridge jump back onto the list this month with significant price drops, 31 percent and 21 percent respectively, knocking three-month leader <span class="xn-location">Calgary</span> down to the fifth spot.</p>
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<p>Scenic border cities Windsor and Cambridge rely heavily on U.S.-based tourism, and both are offering amazing deals this month due to several factors. Recent passport legislation between the U.S. and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> has affected leisure travel from the U.S. as it can be very costly for a family to renew or obtain the passports needed to cross the border. This situation, coupled with the fact that the Canadian dollar is currently valued equally with the U.S. dollar is causing hotels to drop prices in order to make a vacation to <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> more cost effective.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-location">Edmonton</span> and <span class="xn-location">Calgary</span> are also dropping prices, and we expect that trend to continue. Last spring these cities maintained hotel rates due to the relative strength of their business traffic, but even their demand has weakened this year. Spring skiers in particular should look for a quick getaway and incredible deals in <span class="xn-location">Calgary</span>.</p>
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<p>Hotwire is able to find great deals because it works with hotels, airlines and car rental companies to fill unsold inventory, which means that customers will find deals that they won't see anywhere else, especially in cities like those on the Hotel Rate Report where prices are unseasonably low.</p>
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<p>When compared to the same time last year, the top five hotel price reductions for <span class="xn-chron">April 2010</span> include:</p>
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                                           Example of a Current Hotwire Deal,
     Rank   Hotel Market    Price Drop                CAD$/Night
       1     Windsor, ON        31%               3-star          $76
       2    Cambridge, ON       21%              3.5-star         $97
       3    Edmonton, AL        11%               4-star          $93
       4     Ottawa, ON          9%              3.5-star         $97
       5     Calgary, AL         1%               3-star          $94

    
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<p>"These locations are great travel destinations year-round, but domestically, now is a great time to plan leisure trips or business meetings to these cities," said Clem Bason, President of the Hotwire Group. "We expect that these exceptional rates will continue to be available in these locales throughout the spring."</p>
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    About the Hotwire Hotel Rate Report

    
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<p>The Hotwire Hotel Rate Report will run results during the first week of each month. Results are calculated by looking at Hotwire stay dates for select regions in the current month, and comparing prices in the current month against Hotwire prices in the same month in the prior year. Prices are compared within the same star rating categories for consistency, and the percent change in price for each region is generated as an overall average of the changes in those categories. The prices in the chart above are examples for a particular star rating category within that market, and actual prices may be higher or lower than the example that is provided.</p>
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    About Hotwire

    
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<p>Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction Study(SM) recognized Hotwire for ranking "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Independent Travel Web Sites, Three Years in a Row." Hotwire is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. CST: 2053390-40. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hotwire.com/">http://www.hotwire.com/</a>.</p>
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<p>Hotwire, Hotwire.com and the Hotwire logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2010 Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved. CST# 2053390-40.</p>
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    Contact:
    Chris Fucanan
    Atomic PR
    (415) 593-1400
    chris.fucanan@atomicpr.com





    

For further information: For further information: Chris Fucanan of Atomic PR, +1-415-593-1400, chris.fucanan@atomicpr.com, for Hotwire.com Web Site: http://www.hotwire.com

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