Growing Inventory and Temperate Weather Mean Big Savings for Winter Travellers
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel
site, today announced the results of its January 2013 Hotwire® Canadian Hotel
Rate Report, which features the top five cities in Canada where hotel rates
have decreased the most. When combined with Hotwire's already discounted
prices, the Hotel Rate Report helps guide customers to destinations that can
maximize their travel dollars so they can take more trips.
Whistler, BC tops the first rate report of 2013 with a drop of eight percent.
Whistler rose two spots from the last Hotel Rate Report issued in 2012. Driven
by growing inventory, hotels in the area have been able to offer travellers
better rates through sites like Hotwire, making Whistler the top value
destination this month. Whether it's skiing or snowboarding, Whistler has the
right slope for every snow enthusiast; folks can visit a family friendly
resort or get to untracked powder by way of helicopter to take on the variety
of terrain sure to please visitors of all levels of expertise.
After a brief absence from the list, Victoria returns to the second spot with
a seven percent price drop. This western city's mild climate leaves Victoria
green and lush year-round, making this a particularly noteworthy winter
destination. Hop over to the city by a quick ferry or seaplane ride from
Vancouver, and all sorts of adventures await. Visit one of Victoria's coastal
waterways, spectacular parks, or take a sailing lesson off the coast.
Ottawa, absent from the list for over a year, took the third spot this month
with a six percent price drop. This year's atypical weather patterns have
caused an early thaw, making for a warmer Winterlude festival than in previous
years. Rising temperatures won't keep Ottawa from its annual winter
celebrations this February, however. Competition to attract visitors to big
the event, in combination with a rise in hotel inventory, have created more
price drops in the region.
Winnipeg returns to the list for the first time since August 2012 at number
four, and London, Ontario, which is back for the first time since January
2011, round out the top reductions with five and three percent drops,
respectively. When visiting either city, be sure to catch a hockey game or
take in some of the local culture by visiting one of their museums or theaters.
"We at Hotwire are working very hard to continue to provide travellers with
big discounts in a variety of cities, and this month, we have several
long-absent destinations returning to the list, including London and Ottawa,"
said Pierre-Etienne Chartier, vice president of the Hotwire Group. "It is our
mission to help travelers take more trips this year and we plan on doing it by
pointing folks to affordable and fun locales, whether they are well-known
tourist destinations or up-and-coming hot spots yet to be explored."
When compared to the same time last year, the top five hotel price reductions
for January 2013 include:
|Rank|Hotel Market|Price Drop|Example of a Current|Hotwire Deal,|
| | | | |CAD$/Night |
|1 |Whistler, BC|-8% |3.5-star |$135 |
|2 |Victoria, BC|-7% |4-star |$95 |
|3 |Ottawa, ON |-6% |4-star |$112 |
|4 |Winnipeg, MB|-5% |3.5-star |$98 |
|5 |London, ON |-3% |3.5-star |$96 |
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.
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 Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on
airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages.
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