Hotwire Reveals Canadian Hotel Rate Report for September 2012

Winnipeg Tops the List for the Second Consecutive Month while Whistler, Charlottetown and Vancouver All Make Reappearances with Low Shoulder Season Prices

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ -®, a leading discount travel site, today announced the results of the September 2012 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.

Winnipeg tops the list for the second consecutive month with a 12 percent drop on hotel rates. As we head into autumn, Manitoba's capital remains a deal destination for travelers eager to take in the foodie scene and experience its fall festivities. The city's East Exchange has become a popular dining district with new restaurants including Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria and Boon Burger Cafe, while the more adventurous should be sure to check out historical Muddy Water Tours, which hosts the upcoming Haunted Winnipeg Series for Halloween, among other activities.

Whistler, Vancouver and Charlottetown also reappear on this month's list, albeit in different positions. Home to a variety of outdoor markets, festivals and adventure options, Whistler moves from fourth to second this month with a four percent price drop. Due to its unusually slow summer and new hotels opening in the area, prices are being heavily discounted to help fill empty rooms, creating excellent deals in this leisure locale. Meanwhile, the seaside city of Charlottetown moves from fifth to third with a three percent drop, and world heritage destination Kingston reappears after a three month absence with a three percent drop.

Vancouver – on the list for its third consecutive month – drops from second to fifth with a two percent drop. Like Whistler, Vancouver's drop off in visitors has led hoteliers there to discount to attract travelers. During the early autumn months, the city hosts an array of outdoor markets throughout the week with a fresh produce, fruit and veggie selection straight from the farm. The most established is the Granville Island Farmer's Market across from the public market in Triangle Square.

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 August 2012 include:


Hotel Market

Price Drop

Example of a Current

Hotwire Deal, CAD$/Night


Winnipeg, MN





Whistler, BC





Charlottetown, PEI





Kingston, ON





Vancouver, BC




"Many of these cities are reappearing on the list because they experienced a drop-off in visitors during the summer months that has trickled over into September. As a result, there are still great deals to be had," said Pierre-Etienne Chartier, vice president of the Hotwire Group. "Prices drop as a matter of course in shoulder season, but folks should take advantage of these additional savings now, while there's good weather and fewer crowds, because many of these cities will start to see their prices rise with the onset of winter and ski season in the coming months."

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.

About Hotwire 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. Hotwire is an award-winning website and operating company of Expedia, Inc. CST # 2029030-50. NST: 20003-0209. For more information, visit Hotwire operates sites in 8 countries worldwide:,,,,,, and In addition to Hotwire, The Hotwire Group of websites includes:,, and

Hotwire, and the Hotwire logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved. CST # 2053390-50.

Andrew Reynolds
Atomic PR
(323) 648-5426


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