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Canadian traveller hot spots and hotel prices

Planning a vacation? Here's where your fellow Canadians are headed.
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Jordan Hale and Greg J. Smith, September 3, 2013 8:45:44 PM

With summer vacation season winding down and winter well on the way, it might be time to start thinking about your next international getaway. This week, we decided to investigate Canadians’ favourite tourism destinations and combined that data with a report on hotel star levels and pricing from gb.hotels.com. Here’s what we found:


It is hardly surprising that Canadians love to travel to our nearest neighbours – we spend $17.5 billion in America and $1.6 billion in Mexico annually. What is interesting is the price of hotel rooms: it’s cheaper to get a two- or three-star hotel room in Las Vegas than in Mexico City. The most expensive cities in the continent for a four-star stay are San Francisco, New York City and Boston (with prices of approximately $650, $545 and $490 respectively).

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Our favourite European countries to visit are the UK, France and Italy (where we spend a little over a billion, a little under a billion and a half-billion annually). Of course Paris has the most expensive hotel rooms in Europe and it is closely followed by London and Rome. On the cheap and cheerful side of things, Berlin is a steal for two- and three-star rooms for less than $125 a night and cities like Dublin, Benidorm and Pisa seem to have some of the lowest rates in the continent. If you are willing to overlook Europe’s more famous cities there are definitely many deals to be found.

China is the major Canadian destination in the Asia Pacific region, where we spend a half billion dollars yearly, while our expenditures in Australia are approximately $330 million. Luxury hotel prices are quite consistent across the cities that we have data for with the exception being the super-expensive Hong Kong, where a five-star room will cost you $400 a night.

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In terms of deals, there are some very affordable rates for modest accomodations in Sydney and two-star and three-star rooms in Beijing and Shanghai are (unsurprisingly) both very inexpensive compared to Europe or North America.

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