Travel news: fewer traveling to Canada means lower hotel rates and less crowds


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Despite summer being in full swing, the strength of the Canadian dollar continues to curb international tourism to Canada. “With fewer visitors from abroad, travelers throughout Canada can experience low hotel rates and smaller crowds at many popular tourist destinations,” said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group.

The results of Hotwire’s July 2010 Canadian Hotel Rate Report features the top five cities in Canada where hotel rates have dropped the most. Moncton, New Brunswick, ranks number one on this month’s rate report with a 12 percent drop, while Cambridge, Ontario, and London, Ontario, round out the top three, with a drop of 11 percent and eight percent, respectively.

This trend is, however, good news for Canadians looking to travel to their favorite domestic destinations this year as hotels continue to lower prices throughout Canada.

Travelers wanting to experience a slice of historic Canada will find amazing prices in Moncton, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and home to the famed Canadian railway. Cambridge and Halifax, ranked fourth in this month’s rate report, are also great value destinations that have distinctive 19th century architecture and offer a beautiful backdrop for shopping, dining and enjoying the mild Canadian summer.

“This is turning out to be a great summer for Canadians looking to explore more of their own country at amazing prices,” said Bason.