2013 Canadian travel recap: Which cities came out on top?

Canadian cities that lured in the crowds and the top international 
destinations for Canucks 
TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - A new year brings new changes, but they say 
there's no better way to predict the future than by looking at the past. So, 
using their Hotel Price Index™ HPI™, the travel experts at Hotels.com® 
are taking a look back at the most popular cities of 2013. 
Which international cities had the biggest increase in Canadian visits? 


        --  London, England:
            London's fame continued from 2012's Summer Games and the
            Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This city saw the biggest spike in
            popularity, climbing three spots to close out at number five in
            2013. The country might be known for its gloomy weather, but
            this city was hot for Canadian tourists.
        --  Orlando, Florida:
            The sunshine state shone bright last year overtaking Seattle
            for the number three spot. With its warm weather, competitively
            priced flights, exclusive travel deals for Canadians and
            numerous theme parks, you don't have to be a snowbird
            to claim Orlando's adventures.
        --  Newark, NJ:
            With easy access to the lights and sights of Manhattan and
            affordable and regular flights to and from Canada, Newark has
            become even more popular - up two spots - with travellers
            looking to visit the Big Apple and captured the 12th spot last
            year.
        --  Hong Kong:
            The island that has it all - big city shopping, colonial
            history, jaw-dropping views and sunny beaches - reappeared in
            the Top 20 in 2013 in 16th place, after having fallen off the
            list in 2012. English is widely spoken here and various forms
            of mass transit (including a maze of escalators!) make
            exploration of the Far East convenient and fun.

Unfortunately not all cities fared as well within the Top 20, the biggest drop 
was by Chicago, IL - down two spots to number seven.

Which Canadian cities had the biggest increase in visits from international 
travellers?
        --  Calgary, AB:
            After a catastrophic summer due to province-wide flooding,
            Calgary launched a tourism campaign to let travellers know the
            doors were open, and according to the HPI (up two spots to
            number five), it worked.
        --  Windsor, ON:
            With a popular casino and an interesting past life as a port
            used to smuggle whiskey during prohibition, Windsor is easy to
            access from the U.S. through the Windsor-Detroit tunnel. The
            'Rose City' is an appealing option for travellers up three
            spots to number 14.

Although there was a surge in travellers to Calgary, nearby Canmore fell to 
number 17 after the floods and the city continues to work on reconstruction 
and strategies to address future floods. The top three Canadian cities for 
international visitors remain unchanged for the fourth year in a row: Toronto, 
Vancouver and Montreal.

Sure popularity feels good, but as with everything in life, it's unlikely to 
last forever. If you're looking for some 'hot' destinations to add to your 
2014 travel plans, consider the above and don't forget to check out the 
Hotels.com mobile app for wallet-friendly mobile-exclusive hotel deals. To 
learn more, join the conversation with @hotelsdotcomca on Twitter using the 
hashtag #TravelHabitsHPI.

Editor's note: To view the Top Travel Trends infographic and many more, visit 
the Hotels.com press room: http://press.hotels.com/en-ca/infographics/

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.

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