The Late Easter Weekend and a Strong Canadian Dollar Keep Prices Low,
Giving Travellers a Last Chance at Affordable Ski and Snow Vacations
SAN FRANCISCO, April 13, 2011 /CNW/ -- Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel site, today announced the results of the April 2011 Hotwire® Canadian Hotel Rate Report, which features the top five cities in Canada 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 can maximize their travel dollars.
The Canadian dollar remains strong this April while leisure traffic is delayed due to the later than normal Easter weekend. These two factors are the main drivers behind the price drops that make up this month's report. Exchange rates aren't favouring international visitors, so certain hotels are keeping their opaque prices down to attract tourists, especially those travelling from the United States.
Quebec makes a welcome return to the list with a three percent price decrease in room rates. A cultural hub, Quebec is filled with sights and activities for everyone including museums, art galleries, festivals, aquariums and historic sites.
Other cities appearing on the April list include London, Ontario, Banff, Alberta, Whistler, British Columbia and Vancouver, British Columbia. These four consistent members of the Rate Report list offer something for everyone. Outdoorsmen should head to London, nicknamed the Forest City for its plush, green surroundings. If relaxation is on the mind, Banff sports many resorts and hot springs. For sports enthusiasts, Whistler s home to the 2010 Winter Olympics Olympic Park. Meanwhile, culture seekers could ring in the 125th anniversary of Vancouver, which is hosting a variety of events including a special exhibit on the city's history at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Summer Love music festival in Stanley Park.
Hotwire is able to find great deals because it works with hotels, airlines and car rental companies to fill unsold inventory. This means customers can find incredibly low deals on Hotwire, especially in cities like those on the Hotel Rate Report where prices are unseasonably low.
When compared to the same time last year, the top five hotel price reductions for April 2011 include:
Price Example of a Current
Rank Hotel Market Drop Hotwire Deal, CAD$/Night
1 Whistler, BC -12% 3-star $134
2 Banff, AB -9% 3.5-star $90
3 Vancouver, BC -5% 4-star $100
4 Quebec City, QC -3% 3.5-star $88
5 London, ON -2% 3.5-star $92
"Easter typically helps Canadian ski markets when it's earlier, but since it's near the end of April this year, prices have fallen below what they normally are," said Clem Bason, President of the Hotwire Group. "Tourists should take advantage of low prices now while there are fewer crowds, because late-season snowstorms and the forthcoming warmer spring weather will drive prices back up."
About the Hotwire Hotel Rate Report
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.
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