Hotwire.com announced the results of the July 2011 Hotwire® Canadian Hotel Rate Report, which features the top five cities in Canada where hotel rates have dropped the most. When combined with Hotwire’s already discounted prices, the Hotel Rate Report helps guide customers to the destinations that can maximize their travel dollars.
As leisure travel traffic increases for the summer months, many popular vacation destinations in Canada are dropping rates to offset the strength of the Canadian dollar. The exchange rate effect has been forcing hotels in several larger markets to offer even deeper discounts to attract a steady flow of vacation and business travelers, and now even more popular leisure destinations are following suit.
Making its Rate Report return for the first time since April 2010, Windsor, Ontario, leads with a 12 percent decrease. Known as the City of Roses, Windsor typically experiences its warmest weather in July and offers the largest riverfront parks system throughout the region. Gamblers can also get their fix at Caesars Windsor, one of the largest casinos in Canada and a huge draw for U.S. visitors since its opening in 1994.
Tied for second with a nine percent decrease each, Victoria and Montreal make their 2011 debut this month. Both are great vacation destinations, but when money can go farther in out-of-country options, even these popular cities have to drop prices to attract more international and domestic travelers. Niagara Falls maintains its presence for the second month in a row with a seven percent decrease. With an estimated 13 million tourists visiting Niagara Falls each year, the summer months are considered peak season, when the Falls themselves are both a daytime and evening attraction.
Rounding out the list is Calgary with a six percent decrease. Like the past several months, Calgary continues to push competitive rates to attract the leisure, shopping and business crowds in an attempt to strengthen its local economy.
“Many Canadian cities we haven’t seen on the Rate Reports so far in 2011 are making a comeback with deep discounts compared to this time last year,” said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group. “To ensure visitor interest this summer, hotels in many popular cities are dropping rates to off-set the strength of the Canadian Dollar and give increasing value to both international and domestic travelers.”
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.
Also in Canada today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Calgary.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Calgary.mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.