When passions collide: Combine music and travel this spring

Canadians seeking to indulge their wanderlust tune into Hotels.com for guidance

TORONTO, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - There are only a few safe bets in life but one is a love and appreciation for music. Whether you grew up listening to Bob Dylan or Britney Spears, music is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds… just like travel. With that in mind, the experts at Hotels.com® want to help Canadians merge these two passions and have put together a list of upcoming Canadian music festivals - perfect for spring travel!

What could be better than exploring new surroundings that have activities suited to your personal interests? So for travellers pursuing their wanderlust, the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) is a useful resource that provides an overview of travel trends around the world. Canadians can learn which destinations have the best hotel deals, while finding destinations that complement their travel passions. The latest HPI data was paired with Canadian cities hosting major music festivals to provide suggestions for music lovers.

First is Canadian Music week, which is now in its 31st year. This festival spans six days and features 1,000 bands and artists at 60 venues across Toronto.
Musical Event: Canadian Music Week
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date(s): March 19-24, 2013
Ticket cost: There's a wide range, but fans can purchase six-day festival wristbands for $60 plus tax
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $145 - according to the latest HPI
Why Go? If you're looking for a crash course in the new music scene, then this festival has you covered with local and international musical acts.

As the weather starts to warm up, head to The Queen City for some western Canadian charm, cowboys and pure Canadian music.
Musical Event: The JUNOS
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Date(s): April 15-21, 2013
Ticket cost: Tickets to the awards ceremony range from $59-189 plus tax
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $146 - according to the latest HPI
Why Go? These highly-respected awards honour some of Canada's biggest acts, but there's more to it than the ceremony. Leading up to the big night, fans can check out JUNO Fan Fare or JUNOFest - a two-night festival featuring local and national artists.

Don't wait for summer to check out this Montréal's festivals, as you can spend the last month of spring here too. The thriving music scene includes English-speaking artists and a variety of genres - this one is for your inner digital music lover.
Musical Event: MUTEK Festival
Location: Montréal, Quebec
Date(s): May 29-June 2, 2013
Ticket cost: A week-end pass will cost you $120 plus tax
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $154 - according to the latest HPI
Why Go? In its 14th year, this unique five-day festival supports both electronic music and digital art and includes live performances by renowned international and Canadian artists. MUTEK provides visitors access to some of the most original and visionary artists in the field today.

Make 2013 about new life experiences and put music and travel at the forefront. But if you're not able to take a trip this spring, don't fret - Hotels.com has destination recommendations for music lovers that can be appreciated all year round. You can also find great travel deals, no matter where you are, by using your smartphone to access Hotels.com Mobile Booking App and mobile-exclusive deals. So what's stopping you? Start planning your travel now. You can thank us later.

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. The report examines prices paid in 2012.

About Hotels.com®

Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through the Expedia, Inc. global network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travellers with almost 200,000 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. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading loyalty program Welcome RewardsTM, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comCA, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcomca and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

Hotels.com, Hotel Price Index, HPI, Finding You the Perfect Place and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2013 Hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50

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