Where Canadians Travel & What They Pay Globally
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Canada: Canadians stick to U.S. travel favourites despite unfavourable Dollar exchange rates
The combination of a falling Canadian Dollar with a strengthening U.S. Dollar meant that Canadians were faced with rising hotel prices in all but two of their favourite U.S. destinations as exchange rates worsened during 2016. While noticeable, this trend wasn’t enough to deter Canadians from crossing the border with their go-to travel region.
Similarly, the weakening Canadian Dollar didn’t stop them from taking adventures further afield to Europe and Asia, regions which were experiencing currency fluctuation issues of their own. London was a particularly notable example, as the Brexit decision in June led to the value of the British Pound tumbling and meant that Canadians paid -9% less in the UK capital compared to 2015.
So despite having to pay more on average for hotel accommodation in two-thirds of their 50 most popular international travel destinations, price increases remained marginal in most destinations and Canadian travellers were still able to find plenty of European and Asian hotspots with decreased average prices and subsequently advantageous room rates.
- Most popular outbound region: USA
- Best value region: Asia
- Largest average price increase: Tokyo at +14%
- Largest average price drop: London at -9%
What Canadian travellers paid in their top 50 international destinations
- With several destinations reporting record visitor numbers, 18 U.S. cities spanning the country were included in the list of the top 50 international destinations for Canadian travellers in 2016. This was in spite of the strong U.S. dollar which led to higher prices paid in all but two of the cities included.
- Nine U.S. cities were amongst the top 10 highest prices paid overall, with Boston, New York and San Francisco forming the top three. Of these, only New York saw a modest increase, with the other two recording no change.
- The Big Apple was also the most popular foreign destination for Canadians in 2016 as the eternal favourite enjoyed its seventh consecutive year of rising tourism figures, welcoming more than 60 million visitors in 2016.
- Hotel occupancy in Orlando was down during the year and the city remained the U.S. destination where Canadian travellers paid the least among the top 50.
- Las Vegas also recorded good value hotel room prices, in spite of a rising average paid, and reported its third successive record tourism year with just under 43 million visitors.
- Similarly, Los Angeles set a new record for visitor numbers for the sixth year running and its average price saw the highest increase in the country amongst the top 50. Percentage increases in the other West Coast cities of Portland and Seattle were also in double-digits.
- In the U.S. Presidential Election year, Washington D.C. average saw slower growth.
- There were 16 European destinations in the top 50. Among these, prices rose in 11 and fell in five.
- London was the most popular European destination for Canadian travellers, as the average paid for a hotel room fell by just under 10%, mainly due to the drop in the value of the Pound following the Brexit vote in June 2015. However, when comparing prices paid from July to December 2016 with the same period in 2015, its average fell even further.
- In second place in the European popularity ranking, Paris also saw its average decrease as hotel occupancy rates in France slumped amid security concerns.
- Dublin reported a one of the highest increases, thanks to particularly healthy visitor numbers in the summer, boosted by the success of two major feature films shot in Ireland.
- Tourism to Spain was booming and averages in Barcelona and Madrid also saw double-digit percentage increases, although the capital in particular remained a good value.
- Several other European destinations were in the bottom half of the overall price table. Prague reported the lowest average, in spite of one of the highest average price increases, but Berlin, Athens and Lisbon were amongst the popular European cities where Canadians paid the least.
- There were 12 Asian destinations in the top 50, with prices paid falling in eight and rising in four.
- The lowest prices paid were in Chiang Mai, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, all providing excellent value at under $100 a night. Prices paid fell in all three Thai destinations in the top 50 but tourism to Thailand was thriving with record numbers predicted in 2016.
- Tourism to Singapore was also on the rise in the city-state and its average price paid per night remained one of the highest in the region, in spite of a slight fall.
- With the Japanese Yen regaining some ground against the Dollar in 2016, the averages paid in Tokyo rose to become the Asian destination in the top 50 where Canadian travellers paid the most.
“With average hotel prices rising throughout the U.S. and much of Europe, Asia was an excellent value alternative for Canadian travellers in 2016. Not only did many of the most popular destinations have the lowest average nightly room rates, but they also experienced more price decreases than the other regions, allowing Canadians to stay longer and indulge in more luxurious accommodation options.” – Josh Belkin, Vice President & General Manager North America, Hotels.com brand
Rest of the world
- The softness in the Australian Dollar helped keep price increases for Canadian travellers in Australia in 2016 to a minimum.
- With more than 40% of its hotel rooms in the 5-star category, average nightly rates paid in Dubai remained relatively high but, with little pressure on hotel occupancy levels, Canadian travellers paid less for their hotel rooms in the Emirate in 2016 compared with the previous year.