Same Country, Different Destination: Comparing Canadian and International Travel Habits

TORONTO, March 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Less flash and more function, best describes Canadians' travel habits when exploring their own country. According to the latest Hotels.com™ Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™), although Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver reigned supreme for domestic travellers and international visitors, smaller cities like Kelowna and Kingston were also included in the Top 20 Most Popular Destinations for Canucks. International visitors were much more inclined to visit Canada's larger, more iconic attractions like the emerald waters of Lake Louise or Mont Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains.

"The three most popular Canadian destinations for international and domestic visitors still ring true based on our research," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "however, many of our well-known tourism destinations – particularly those showcasing natural attractions – are more frequently visited  by travellers from abroad looking to experience some of the country's more notable highlights like ski resorts and lakes."

Biggest Differences between Domestic and International Travellers
Among the Top 20 Most Popular Destinations in Canada for domestic and international travellers, each list had five unique cities amongst the other 15 familiar destinations. Smaller cities or those without popular tourism attractions like Saskatoon, Kelowna, Regina, Kamloops and Kingston, were popular among Canadians but did not make the list for international visitors. Whereas more expensive destinations known for their outdoor attractions like Lake Louise, Jasper, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Mont Tremblant did. Windsor was the exception, although as a border city, it's popular among U.S. travellers.

Biggest Similarities between Domestic and International Travellers
Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver remained consistent as the top three Canadian cities for both domestic and international travellers. Calgary also remained in fifth position for both travellers, and Edmonton, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Quebec and Victoria were included in the top 10 – albeit with mixed rankings.

Top Domestic Cities for Canadian Travellers

City

Province

2014 vs. 2013 Popularity Rank

1. Toronto

Ontario

No change

2. Montreal

Quebec

No change

3. Vancouver

British Columbia

No change

4. Edmonton

Alberta

+1

5. Calgary

Alberta

+2

6. Niagara Falls

Ontario

-2

7. Ottawa

Ontario

-1

8. Quebec

Quebec

No change

9. Victoria

British Columbia

No change

10. Winnipeg

Manitoba

+1

11. Banff

Alberta

-1

12. Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

No change

13. London

Ontario

+2

14. Whistler

British Columbia

+1

15. Halifax

Nova Scotia

-1

16. Kelowna

British Columbia

No change

17. Regina

Saskatchewan

No change

18. Canmore

Alberta

No change

19. Kamloops

British Columbia

+1

20. Kingston

Ontario

-1

Top Canadian Cities for International Travellers

City

Province

2014 vs. 2013 Popularity Rank

1. Toronto

Ontario

No change

2. Vancouver

British Columbia

No change

3. Montreal

Quebec

No change

4. Niagara Falls

Ontario

No change

5. Calgary

Alberta

No change

6. Quebec

Quebec

No change

7. Ottawa

Ontario

No change

8. Victoria

British Columbia

No change

9. Whistler

British Columbia

+2

10. Edmonton

Alberta

No change

11. Banff

Alberta

-2

12. Winnipeg

Manitoba

No change

13. Halifax

Nova Scotia

No change

14. Windsor

Ontario

No change

15. Canmore

Alberta

+2

16. London

Ontario

-1

17. Lake Louise

Alberta

+1

18. Jasper

Alberta

-2

19. Niagara-on-the-Lake

Canada

+1

20. Mont Tremblant

Canada

+3

For more insights from the HPI, visit www.hotel-price-index.com and join the conversation on Twitter at @hotelsdotcomca with #HotelExperts.

About the HPI™
The HPI is a biannual report that looks at hotel prices in cities all around the world. The data is based on bookings made through the Hotels.com website and the prices listed are the actual prices paid by Canadians - not advertised rates.

About Hotels.com
Hotels.com, L.P. operates Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca), a leading online accommodation booking website with approximately 435,000 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.

© 2015 Hotels.com, LP. Hotels.com, The Obvious Choice, Hotel Price Index, HPI and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Hotels.com

Image with caption: "Canadian and International travellers shared a mutual love for prairie city, Calgary, which was the fifth most popular Canadian city in 2014 (CNW Group/Hotels.com)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150311_C1311_PHOTO_EN_13065.jpg

For further information: Press Contacts: Lauren Wasley, energiPR for Hotels.com, Phone: (416) 425-9143 x 19, Email: lauren.wasley@energipr.com, @energiPR; Taylor L. Cole, APR, Hotels.com North America, Phone: (469) 335-8442, Email: taycole@hotels.com, @TravelwithTLC


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