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Which Destinations Became Cool In 2012?


Hotels.com uses its Hotel Price Index to find out which cities took centre stage for Canadian travellers

TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - We all remember the popular 'It' kids in high school. They had lots of friends, great reputations and that unidentifiable special something we all wanted. That said, popularity also comes and goes so using its Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™), which tracks bookings by Canadians, the experts at Hotels.com® have uncovered which international cities made the travel 'It' list this year.

1. Seattle, WA, USA


     - climbed one spot to number 5
     o Canadians visit the U.S. more often than any other country
       because it is so close. This particular coastal city is the
       setting for the popular book trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, but
       is also known for its impressive musical history that includes

both the Jazz and Grunge genres. 2. London, England -


     climbed one spot to number 7
     o The Brits have always appealed to Canadians and we continue to
       cross the pond to experience life English-style. This 'proper'

city just breathes cool. 3. Paris, France


     - climbed two spots to number 8
     o Laid back and trendy, this city boasts top-notch cuisine and
       high-end fashion. Only here can people indulge in rich food and
       still fit into designer clothes. Maybe it's this aspirational

lifestyle which keeps drawing us back? 4. Tokyo, Japan


     - debuted at number 25
     o This resilient city has certainly rebounded from the devastation
       of the 2011 tsunami. Canadians flock to this innovative hotspot
       to see cool trends, try new and interesting food and experience

a fascinating culture with exceptionally polite people. 5. Bangkok, Thailand


     - climbed six spots to number 27
     o It's one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world,
       so it should be no surprise that Canadians are joining this
       trend. From temples to street vendors - which there are an
       estimated 100,000 - this is a busy city that appeals to the

masses. 6. Florence, Italy


     - climbed three spots to number 28
     o It's full of beautiful churches, buildings and museums and if

you're a fan of Michelangelo, it's definitely the place to be. 7. Berlin, Germany


     - debuted at number 35
     o This city houses many historic war landmarks, but if you're more
       into art than history, you'll appreciate the ever-present

graffiti lining the city walls. 8. Houston, Texas


     - climbed 11 spots to number 36
     o Everything's bigger in this state and Houston is no exception.
       Popular for its steak, rodeo and football, this city may sound
       like a man's dream but it certainly doesn't exclude the ladies

with great dining and shopping. 9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates


     - debuted at number 37
     o Luxury reaches new heights in this destination. With sun, sand,
       shopping and impressive buildings there is more to the 'city of
       gold' than many realize. Visitors can also experience Arabic

culture and experience the desert first-hand at a dune dinner. 10. Madrid, Spain


     - climbed 8 spots to number 40
     o You gotta love Spanish time. A siesta and all night dancing may
       not be for everyone, but for a vacationer - it's perfect. Relax,
       unwind and maybe even enjoy a little footie (football) in this
       social city.

Whether you're planning a trip during or after the holidays, these exciting 
spots are sure to please. You can also find hotel deals in these cities by 
adding them to your wish list in the Deals for You Facebook app. If you ever 
wanted to be 'on trend', now is the time to visit these fast-rising stars.

About the Hotel Price Index™

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. This most recent edition of the report compares the first 
six months of 2012 with the same period in 2011.

About Hotels.com(®)

Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online 
accommodation booking brand. Through its global network of websites, 
Hotels.com, LP connects travellers with more than 160,000 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 Rewards(TM), 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 and the Hotels.com logo are either 
registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks 
are property of their respective owners. © 2012 Hotels.com, LP. All rights 
reserved. CST # 2083949-50

Press contacts: 

Lauren Wasley energi PR for Hotels.com Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 19 
Email: lauren.wasley@energi pr.com Twitter: @energiPR

Taylor L. Cole, APR Hotels.com North America Phone: (469) 335-8442 
Email: taycole@hotels.com Twitter: @taylorlc

Image with caption: "Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in 
Bangkok, with more than one thousand Buddha images. (CNW Group/Hotels.com)". 
Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121127_C3676_PHOTO_EN_21234.jpg

SOURCE: Hotels.com

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CO: Hotels.com
ST: Ontario
NI: LEI LEI ECOSURV 

-0- Nov/27/2012 13:11 GMT

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