Hotwire Introduces Canadian Hotel Rate Report

    Monthly Report Lists Top 10 Cities Where You Can Find the Biggest
    on Hotels in Canada

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ -- , a leading discount travel
site, today announced their newest tool to save customers money: The Hotwire 
Canadian Hotel Rate Report. The report, which will be published monthly,
features the top 10 cities with the largest reductions in hotel prices in

    These price drops, combined with Hotwire's already discounted prices,
help guide customers to the destinations that will allow them to stretch their
travel dollar. 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.

    Like the North American Hotel Rate Report, the Canadian Hotwire Hotel
Rate Report gives consumers up-to-date information on the Canadian cities with
the best hotel deals of the month. The report is generated through a
comparison of pricing trends from the previous year in the top markets, and
factors in month-by-month price fluctuations. The report then highlights the
cities that have the biggest hotel price drops each month.

    Many popular destinations are seeing price declines this summer. Quebec
City and Victoria top the August Canadian Hotel Rate Report with a 21 percent
drop. The other cities rounding out the top five are also located in the
western region of Canada, including Vancouver, Whistler and Banff (percent
drops of 20, 18 and 17, respectively). August has seen many resort
destinations, particularly those in BC drop significantly in price, making
this a great time to take advantage of deals in these markets for those
consumers looking to take one last summer vacation.

    When compared to the same time last year, the top 10 hotel price
reductions for August 2009 include:

     Rank     Hotel Market         Price Drop    Example of a Current
                                                 Hotwire Deal, CAD$/Night
     1        Quebec City, QC      21%           4-star        $149
     2        Victoria, BC         21%           4.5-star      $170
     3        Vancouver, BC        20%           5-star        $138
     4        Whistler, BC         18%           3.5-star      $103
     5        Banff, AB            17%           4.5-star      $164
     6        Montreal, QC         12%           4-star        $113
     7        Calgary, AB          12%           4-star        $154
     8        Windsor, ON          10%           3-star        $84
     9        Niagara Falls, ON    9%            4-star        $82
     10       Edmonton, AB         8%            4-star        $90

    "Hotwire is excited to bring the Hotel Rate Report to Canada," said Clem
Bason, President of the Hotwire Group. "The Hotwire Hotel Rate Report is part
of our commitment to provide the tools that Canadian customers need to find
the best and most discounted travel deals available."

    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. 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

    Hotwire, 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.   2009 Hotwire, Inc. All rights reserved. CST#

        Chris Fucanan
        Atomic PR
        (415) 439-4219


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