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Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ 2016
  • Canadian Trips & Hotel Prices

Canada Domestic and Inbound travel: Solidly successful in 2016 as U.S. market strengthens

With almost 19 million international arrivals in 2016, the Canadian hospitality sector continues to enjoy growing momentum as guests from around the world come to experience the enviable elegance and orderliness of the country’s cities mixed with the sheer grandeur and scale of the natural beauty. This year, the bulk of Canada’s arrivals came from the UK, China and the U.S. – 10% more Americans visited in 2016 compared to the previous year, demonstrating the persistent appeal of their northerly neighbours.

The knock-on effect of heightened inbound and domestic travel was a general trend of rising hotel price averages across the country, for domestic Canadian travellers as well as the overseas guests. On average, Canadians hotel guests paid 1% more this year compared to 2015 on average and saw price rises in 34 of their most popular destinations. However, such percentage rises were mostly in single figures and they were accompanied by a number of destinations with decreased prices, so Canadian travellers weren’t hit too hard overall by the climbing tourism success of their home country.

  • Most popular domestic destination: Toronto
  • Largest average price increase: Whistler at +13%
  • Largest average price drop: Fort McMurray at -17%
  • Most popular destination for international visitors: Toronto
  • Largest average price increase: Canmore at +19%
  • Largest average price drop: Calgary at -11%

What Canadian travellers paid in their top 50 domestic destinations

  • The highest average price increase was in Whistler, making the British Columbian favourite the destination where Canadian travellers paid the most amongst the top 50. Mont Tremblant and Banff also had averages of $200 or more.
  • Three destinations in Alberta scored the lowest averages with Lethbridge, Red Deer and Medicine Hat just over $100 per night in 2016.
  • Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton were the most popular domestic destinations, with only Edmonton seeing a lower average amongst these three, after a fall of more than 5%.
  • The biggest double-digit percentage drops were reported in Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Prince George and Red Deer.

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Average nightly hotel prices paid by Canadian travellers in their 20 most popular domestic destinations in 2016
Average prices paid per night by Canadian travellers in selected Canadian destinations in 2016 compared with 2015

What international travellers paid in the top 50 Canadian destinations

  • Canadian tourism enjoyed a good year in 2016. The number of international arrivals for the first 11 months of 2016 reached almost 19 million, with most arriving from the U.S., the UK and China. The U.S. market was up by 10%.
  • Inbound visitors paid more in almost 80% of their favourite 50 Canadian destinations, with 39 rising, 10 falling and one flat. In the country as a whole, hotel guests from abroad paid 1% more than in 2015 on average.
  • HPI data shows that international travellers in general pay more for their hotel rooms than local guests and this was certainly true for Canada in 2016 when the difference was $14 a night on average. The difference can be attributed to exchange rate factors and the calibre and location of hotels that visitors tend to choose.
  • There was also a wide split between the highest and lowest averages paid per night as the Whistler price average was over $300 while Lethbridge was just over $100, following one of the highest percentage falls.
  • Canmore, Revelstoke, St Catharines and Cambridge recorded the largest increases while Calgary and Saskatoon had the biggest falls.
  • Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal were the most popular Canadian destinations for international visitors in 2016, all with rising averages.
“Despite rising prices, which are a natural consequence of higher visitor arrival figures, there were still lodging accommodation options in some of the world’s most popular cities and winter holiday destinations at competitive rates in Canada. While the likes of Whistler, Toronto and Vancouver still have exceptional international appeal, the lower priced markets on the top 50 list demonstrate the sheer range and value that Canada has to offer its guests from all over the world.” – Josh Belkin, Vice President & General Manager North America, Hotels.com brand

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Average nightly hotel prices paid in the 20 most popular destinations for visitors to Canada in 2016
Average prices paid per night by international travellers in selected Canadian destinations in 2016 compared with 2015
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