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Canada’s Top 50 international destinations and what they paid in them
Canadian travellers paid more in over 60% of their Top 50 international destinations in 2017
Some of the highest prices paid by international Canadian travellers were just over the border in the U.S. while the best value was found in the same places as pretty much everyone else – Latin America and Asia.
- Most popular outbound region: USA
- Best value region: Asia
- Largest average price increase: Prague at +13%
- Largest average price drop: Honolulu, Los Angeles and Tokyo at -7%
18 U.S. cities in the Canadian Top 50 list, 12 of them seeing their average price drop in 2017
The overall number of foreign visitors to the USA was down slightly in 2017 but Canadians still crossed the border in greater numbers. A strengthening Canadian Dollar meant better value for Canadian visitors to the U.S.
Nine U.S. cities pretty much filled up the Top 10 highest prices paid for Canadian travellers, with Boston and New York both over $300 a night. New York was also the #1 international destination for the Canadians.
Nashville’s rise of 5% was the highest recorded for a U.S. destination and was helped by the hundreds of thousands of visitors who descended on the city to watch the solar eclipse.
Las Vegas was the 2nd most popular destination for Canadian travellers, although the city saw its visitor numbers fall during the year, and Orlando, Chicago and San Francisco were also in the Top 10. The Florida city recorded lower visitor numbers in 2017 and had the lowest U.S. average amongst the Top 50.
Los Angeles enjoyed a bumper year and set a new record of more than 48 million visitors in 2017, boosted by domestic travellers. For Canadians though, it was 19th most popular destination and its average fell 7%.
Florida had a torrid time with Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and both Miami and Fort Lauderdale were amongst the destinations impacted it. Both saw a slight drop in their averages. Orlando weathered the storm though and was the 5th most popular and also best value U.S. destination for Canadian travellers 2017.
London the most popular, Berlin the best value and Santorini the highest priced European destination for Canadian travellers in 2017
Even though it was the most popular European destination, and 3rd most popular worldwide for Canadians, a weakened Pound saw London’s average price fall by 3%. Paris was the 2nd most popular place for Canadians to go in Europe and its average was up 3%.
Amsterdam and Barcelona both announced they would be drastically curbing the building of new hotels in their cities and this, combined with rising visitor numbers to both destinations, saw their averages prices rise by 7%.
Spain became the 2nd most visited country in 2017, overtaking the USA and Madrid saw the 2nd highest rise for Canadian travellers of 11%.
The highest rise in price in the region was Prague, with a 13% increase in its average price but, even with that, it was still 2nd only to Berlin for best value European destination.
Canadian travellers to Lisbon found a 10% rise in average price as Portugal hit another record year for tourism. Greece also enjoyed a mammoth year in terms of visitor numbers and the Instagram-perfect Greek destination of Santorini was the highest priced European place for Canadian visitors at $266 – up 10% since 2016.
Ireland credited the popularity of the latest Star Wars film, which used the Emerald Isle as a location, for the rise in its visitor numbers. This may have also attracted Canadian visitors, who found prices were up 5% to stay in Dublin in 2017.
Seven Asian destinations in the Canadian Top 10 lowest averages paid in 2017
Chiang Mai was by far the best value for Canadian travellers with an average of just $64 a night. Singapore saw a rise of 3% in visitor arrivals during the first half of the year and was the highest priced destination for Canadians at $190.
Hong Kong was the Canadians most popular Asian destination, and they weren’t alone in enjoying visiting as it was named as the city in the world most visited by international travellers. Its average rose 4%.
A strengthening Dollar against the Japanese Yen meant that Tokyo recorded the highest fall in average price, dropping 7% compared to 2016.
As we all looked forward to the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018, the average paid in Shanghai fell slightly but Beijing saw a rise of 7%.
Bali may have had to deal with a volcano eruption at one of its busiest times of year but it finished 2017 with an average price increase of 9%.
Rest of the World
Almost 2 million Canadians visited Mexico in 2017, a 10% increase on 2016.
Canadian visitors to Mexico paid nearly 10% more in both the capital Mexico City and the cruise hub of Puerto Vallarta.
Australia enjoyed buoyant inbound tourism in 2017 and, as such, Canadian travellers to Sydney paid 4% more than in 2016.
Dubai also reported record visitor numbers and Canadian travellers paid 7% more to stay there, although new hotel openings helped to moderate prices.