Slower Convention Season and an Early Easter Means Lower Prices for Spring
SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel
site, today announced the results of its April 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.
"With April's mild temperatures, smaller crowds and more importantly, low
prices, it's really a perfect time to travel in Canada," said Pierre-Etienne
Chartier, vice president of the Hotwire Group. "This year, Easter came a bit
early which reduced visitation for many hotels across Canada. As a result,
some great opportunities have opened up for April travellers who want a
fulfilling getaway that won't break the bank."
When compared to the same time last year, the top five hotel price reductions
for April 2013 include:
Rank Hotel Market Price Drop Example of a Current Hotwire Deal,
1 Lethbridge, AB -17% 3-star, $101
2 Whistler, BC -10% 3-star, $137
3 Ottawa, ON -9% 4-star, $111
4 Quebec City, QC -5% 3.5-star, $82
5 Vancouver, BC -5% 4-star, $103
Lethbridge, Alberta makes its inaugural debut on our Rate Report, topping the
April list for the first time by offering travelers some of the top hotel
deals in Canada. As a designated Cultural Capital of Canada, Lethbridge's arts
scene and thriving performance venues attract travellers from around the
world. And with hotel prices dropping 17 percent this month, there's no better
time to visit one of the most vibrant cities in Alberta.
Rate Report-mainstay Whistler, British Columbia makes yet another showing this
month, offering visitors a continued deal destination at a 10 percent hotel
rate-drop from last year. While the popular skiing destination tends to slow
down during the springtime, travellers can still find quality snow. Last year,
Whistler got a snowfall of 52 inches during the month of April alone. In
addition, recent inventory growth has led to a larger stock of open rooms, and
steep discounts to accompany them.
Next on the list is Ottawa, Ontario, showing a nine percent drop. Ottawa made
a recent appearance on January's list but is expected to be a strong deal city
during the spring season. With its mild climate, April is a great time to
visit Canada's capital, which is experiencing a slower convention season,
decline in group business and slowing government business travel due to
cutbacks. And that means lower prices for leisure travellers.
Rounding out the top five are two of Canada's most wonderful cities. Quebec
City, which is offering a five percent rate drop from last year, is on pace
for a slower than normal month as there are fewer exhibitions in town to drive
leisure business, resulting in some great deals to this beautiful destination.
And lastly is Vancouver, which hasn't made an appearance on this list since
October of last year. This always-popular city is showing a price drop of five
percent as well.
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.
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