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TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Once again New York, Las Vegas and London, England held fast as the top three international destinations for Canadians travelling outside the country in 2015. And even though demand for European destinations increased, there was renewed passion by Canadians to travel to more exotic destinations, a trend evident in the latest Hotels.com™ Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™). 

"Canadians have an inherent sense of adventure and have always shown a great desire to experience new and different cultures," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "We're seeing that interest continuing to increase as Canadians seek out more authentic and experiential travel experiences to destinations rich in history and culture."

Some of the biggest increases among the top 20 most popular international cities for Canadians were outside of North America. Bangkok, Tokyo and Hong Kong jumped five, four and three spots respectively, while in Europe, Amsterdam climbed four spots and Rome and Barcelona jumped a respectable two spots each.

Most Popular International Cities for Canadian Travellers

City

Country

2015 vs. 2014 Rank

1.

New York City

United States

No change

2.

Las Vegas

United States

No change

3.

London

United Kingdom

No change

4.

Paris

France

+1

5.

Orlando

United States

-1

6.

San Francisco

United States

+3

7.

Chicago

United States

-1

8.

Los Angeles

United States

No change

9.

Rome

Italy

+2

10.

Seattle

United States

-3

11.

San Diego

United States

+1

12.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

+3

13.

Boston

United States

-3

14.

Barcelona

Spain

+2

15.

Tokyo

Japan

+4

16.

Miami

United States

-2

17.

Newark

United States

-4

18.

Bangkok

Thailand

+5

19.

Washington

United States

-1

20.

Amsterdam

Netherlands

+4

 

Within our borders, the top three most visited cities by Canadians remained the same. No surprise that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver ranked at the top of the list once again. Edmonton and Calgary held fast at numbers four and five respectively and a couple of surprises as Kingston jumped two spots while Regina, Halifax, Winnipeg and Ottawa all moved up one in the rankings.

Most Popular Domestic Cities for Canadian Travellers

City       

Province

2015 vs. 2014 Rank

1.

Toronto

Ontario

No change

2.

Montreal

Quebec

No change

3.

Vancouver

British Columbia

No change

4.

Edmonton

Alberta

No change

5.

Calgary

Alberta

No change

6.

Ottawa

Ontario

+1

7.

Niagara Falls

Ontario

-1

8.

Quebec

Quebec

No change

9.

Winnipeg

Manitoba

+1

10.

Victoria

British Columbia

-1

11.

Banff

Alberta

No change

12.

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

No change

13.

London

Ontario

No change

14.

Halifax

Nova Scotia

+1

15.

Whistler

British Columbia

-1

16.

Regina

Saskatchewan

+1

17.

Kelowna

British Columbia

-1

18.

Kingston

Ontario

+2

19.

Kamloops

British Columbia

No change

20.

Canmore

Alberta

-2

 

Follow @hotelsdotcomca with #TravelExperts for more information from the HPI report.

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 properties 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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