10 iconic and ironic places for true Canadians to visit this summer

10 iconic and ironic places for true Canadians to visit this summer

In honour of Canada Day and the unofficial start of the summer travel season, Hotels.com wants Canadians who are sticking close to home this year to visit these 10 off-beat places for a full dose of Canadiana. Take advantage of the Canada Day Sale on Hotels.com to save up to 50 per cent  on room rates on select hotels in Canada’s most popular destinations** or kick off yoursummer coupon and get 11 per cent off your booking price.

1. Roll up the rim at Canada’s first Tim Horton’s donut shop (Hamilton, Ontario)
You could buy a coffee and a donut for 10 cents each when the first Tim Horton’s opened in 1964 on the corner of Ottawa and Dunsmure in Hamilton. It might cost you a bit more today, but make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the double-double to show your Canadian pride. Average HPI hotel price in Hamilton in 2015: $137

2. Marvel at the world’s largest beaver (Beaverlodge, Alberta)
Canada’s highways and byways host a menagerie of giant roadside attractions meant to lure travellers for a visit. The tiny town ofBeaverlodge, Alberta, about 30 minutes west of Grande Prairie, boasts the world’s largest beaver statue, a loving tribute toCanada’s national rodent. Average HPI hotel price in Grande Prairie in 2015: $148

3. Drop the puck at the birthplace of hockey (Montreal, Quebec)
Hockey is such a potent symbol of Canada that several cities claim to be its parent, but the first indoor game played with written rules was at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal in 1875. The original rink was long ago replaced by a parking garage, but today’s hockey fans can take tours year round of the Bell Centre, home to the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Average HPI hotel price inMontreal in 2015: $160

4. Ride your horse to the RCMP Academy (Regina, Saskatchewan)
Since 1885, every Mountie that wears the Red Serge gets his or her basic training at the RCMP Academy, Depot Division, in Regina. Visitors can watch daily parades or the rousing Sunset-Retreat ceremony that is performed weekly in the summer. A tour of the RCMP Heritage Centre on site is also a must. Average HPI hotel price in Regina in 2015: $139

5.  Visit the home of two of the Greatest Canadians (Kingston, Ontario)
What do Canada’s first prime minister, John A. MacDonald, and hockey commentator Don Cherry have in common? Both men, who were voted by fans of the CBC as among the 10 Greatest Canadians of all time, once lived in Kingston, Ontario. The city that is halfway between Toronto and Montreal also happens to have been Canada’s first national capital. Average HPI hotel price inKingston in 2015: $142

6. Tip your hat to the Fathers of Confederation (Charlottetown, PEI)
Canada wasn’t forged in war or revolution, but in a series of conferences attended by guys with big, bushy beards. If you fell asleep during that part of history class, then head out to Charlottetown to spend some time at Province House National Historic Site to get a refresher course on how this country came to be. Average HPI hotel price in Charlottetown in 2015: $158

7. Feel tiny at the polar bear capital of the world (Churchill, Manitoba)
Canada’s most ferocious predator is the polar bear. Normally, these giant carnivores roam the Arctic ice looking for seals to eat, but during the summer they congregate on the shore. Large numbers of them are notably concentrated near the northern Manitobatown of Churchill where visitors can get up close with these marvelous creatures. Average HPI hotel price in Winnipeg in 2015: $136

8. Rock the boat at the Canadian Canoe Museum (Peterborough, Ontario)
They say Canadians know how to make love in a canoe, but don’t test that theory at the Canadian Canoe Museum. Instead, learn about how this First Nations watercraft helped early explorers chart this vast nation and open it up for the fur trade to today become a fixture on cottage lakes across the country. Average HPI hotel price in Toronto in 2015: $155

9. Be sweet with maple syrup (King’s Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick)
Nothing is more Canadian than the maple leaf. Species of the tree grow in every province. Sugar maples are best for producing maple syrup with Quebec and Ontario being Canada’s biggest suppliers of this sweet treat, but don’t forget New Brunswick where a spring visit to the sugarbush is an annual tradition. Get a taste during your visit to King’s Landing Historical Settlement, a recreation of a 19th-century village. Average HPI hotel price in Fredericton in 2015: $135

10.  Immerse yourself in First Nations culture (Whistler, BC)
First Nations people are the original Canadians. You can interact with their living cultures in different ways all across this land, but for something especially engaging, spend some time at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Part museum and part art gallery, this spectacular centre highlights the heritage of the Squamish and Lil’wat aboriginal people.  Average HPI hotel price in Whistler in 2015: $215

With a selection of more than hundreds of thousands Canadian properties available to book on Hotels.com, there are accommodations for every taste and budget in any of the places mentioned above, no matter how big or small.

Hotels.com is encouraging travellers to share their most memorable hotel accommodations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #ObviouslyCanada hashtag.

* The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.

**Book by July 1, 2016 for travel until July 15, 2016. Rooms and prices subject to availability at the time of booking. Discount is only available at participating hotels and may require a minimum night stay. The discount is based upon the total hotel priced excluding taxes and other fees. Discounts are subject to availability and may be discontinued without notice. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

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Travel Time is Family Time

Travel Time is Family Time

Canadians love to travel and Canadian families love travelling together. The proof is in the numbers from a new Choice Hotels Canada™ survey* conducted by Leger that questioned Canadians on their travel habits. It shows that the vast majority of us are planning trips soon and looking to connect with relatives at home or abroad or simply as a way to enjoy the fun times that come from sharing experiences together.

“In this busy age of online distractions and separate schedules, vacations are a time for families to connect, share memories and spend quality time together,” said Julie Chan-McConnell, Director, Marketing and Loyalty at Choice Hotels Canada. “That’s why Choice Hotels Canada offers a friendly, comfortable, value-packed experience that makes travellers feel good about staying with us – wherever and whenever they travel.”

Canadians are on the move

According to the Choice Hotels Canada survey, 89 per cent of Canadians plan to travel somewhere within the country in the next two years and those households with kids are even more likely to take a trip with 92 per cent saying they are ready to hit the road soon.

Who we are travelling with

When Canadians travel, they don’t like to do it alone. An overwhelming 87 per cent of us like to travel with family or friends, Albertans most of all with 93 per cent and, not surprisingly, 95 per cent of families with kids like to travel together.

The furry members of our families aren’t being left behind. Our pets are also popular travel companions with 22 per cent of Canadians saying they don’t leave home without their animals. Families with children are most likely to bring the pet along with 26 per cent saying so.

Where we’re going

When it comes time to pick a travel destination, most Canadians like to find new places to go every time they take a trip. Nearly three quarters of us (74 per cent) seek novel destinations whenever we travel and that number jumps to 81 per cent for Quebecers. Families also like variety as 79 per cent of households with kids look for something new every year.

The reality, though, is that while we may dream of visiting new places, half of us return to the same vacation spots again and again. Albertans are the biggest creatures of habit with 57 per cent of them sticking to the same destination every time they travel.

The family that travels together stays together

Travel may be a time to see new things and visit new places, but a large number of us use it as a time to connect with friends and family in far-flung places. As many as 59 per cent of Canadians travel to hook up with family and friends while those of us fromManitoba and Saskatchewan are even more likely with 74 per cent doing so.

If you’ve got kids in your house, then they have a large impact on where you travel. An overwhelming 88% of them said that children help determine where families go on a trip.

Travelling together is good for families as 84 per cent of Canadians with children say that it brings them closer together.

What we’re looking for in a hotel

Canadian travellers look for value for money when they choose a hotel, with families with children being the most price conscious of all at 97 per cent. After price, the most important factors when choosing accommodations by Canadians is cleanliness (86 per cent) as well as safety (64 per cent).

To help manage budgets, an overwhelming number of Canadians (81 per cent) look for discounts or reward points when they travel, including loyalty cards like the Choice Privileges rewards program. Choice Privileges recently launched a series of changes that include Your Extras which awards guests for mid-week stays in the form of 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles (with participating carriers).

About the survey

An online survey of 1,576 Canadians was conducted between Tuesday May 24th to Thursday May 26th 2016 using LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

About Choice Hotels:

Choice Hotels Canada® is the nation’s largest hotel franchisor with 340 properties currently open or under development. We are affiliated with Choice Hotels International, Inc®, which franchises more than 6,300 hotels in 35 countries and territories worldwide. Our company’s Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet our guests’ needs. With more than 25 million members and counting, check out our Choice Privileges® rewards program to see how you can reap the benefits of being a member of the Choice Hotels® family. Visit us at www.choicehotels.com for more information.

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Air Canada 2016 Summer #TravelTips

Air Canada 2016 Summer #TravelTips

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  • For a one-stop easy self-service travel experience, the best place for information is aircanada.com
  • Save time by checking-in online within 24 hours of departure at aircanada.com or mobile devices
  • Stay informed of flight status whether travelling on Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada Rouge ataircanada.com/flightnotification
  • Arrive early at the airport and consult recommended check-in and cut off times at aircanada.com/deadlines
  • Allow extra time when departing from the United States as security wait times may be longer than usual
  • Check size and weight allowance when packing at aircanada.com/carryon as carry-on baggage will be screened and tagged
  • Customers should ensure their valuables, electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry, cameras, are in their carry-on bags
  • Provide contact information including your email address
  • Customers should also provide their contact information at time of check-in (mobile‎/kiosk/web) to ensure they can easily be reached in case of travel disruptions
  • Follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook for latest travel updates

MONTREAL, June 21, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Summer is here and Air Canada is offering tips to ensure a smooth travel experience. For the latest operational updates, customers are invited to visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook, and sign up for specific flight notification alerts. Additional information on what to expect and do in case of flight disruptions is available at http://www.aircanada.com/en/news/160607.html

Flight status and travel updates online
Operational news is available in the Daily Travel Outlook under the Flights section at the bottom of the home page at aircanada.com. Before leaving for the airport customers should check the status of their flights on aircanada.com, or on an internet-enabled mobile device at mobile.aircanada.com, or by calling the toll free Air Canada flight status line at 1-888-422-7533; TTY (Hearing Impaired): 1-800-361-8071.

Flight notification
Air Canada encourages customers to provide contact information including their email address and phone number so that they can receive flight delay and cancellation information directly on their mobile devices or via e-mail. To register or for more information, simply visit: aircanada.com/flightnotification.

Web and mobile check-in
Air Canada customers can save time by checking-in, selecting/changing their seat, selecting the number of checked baggage and paying any baggage fees within 24 hours of departure time either at aircanada.com or on their mobile devices throughmobile.aircanada.com.

Customers should also provide their contact information at time of check-in (mobile‎/kiosk/web) to ensure they can easily be reached in case of travel disruptions.

Self-service rebooking tool
In the event of flight disruptions that may be caused by bad weather, customers are invited to rebook themselves using Air Canada’s self-service rebooking tool available on aircanada.com or their mobile device.

Recommended check-in times
During peak travel days, Air Canada recommends that customers arrive early at the airport to avoid problems associated congestion. Information on check-in times are available at: aircanada.com/deadlines.

Valuables, Medications, Car Keys
Customers are reminded to ensure that all their valuables, including electronics, documentation, medication, car keys, money, jewelry, cameras, etc., are with them or in their in carry-on bags and NOT in their checked bags. To facilitate security inspection, customers carrying gifts on board the aircraft should keep them unwrapped. Information on checked baggage allowance is available at: aircanada.com/checked.

Health Tips
Before taking a flight, Air Canada recommends that customers take the time to familiarize themselves with tips for a healthy travel experience provided by the Aerospace Medical Association, or see their doctor if they have a medical condition:http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/onboard/healthtips.html

Carry-on baggage
The carry-on baggage allowance is one standard article 23cm x 40cm x 55cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg, and one personal article 16cm x 33cm x 43cm weighing a maximum of 10 kg. More information is available at: aircanada.com/carryon. Airport agents will be screening and tagging carry-on baggage and passengers who exceed their allowance will be required to check their carry-on baggage, and additional checked baggage fees may apply.

Small lithium battery-powered vehicles not accepted as checked or carry-on baggage
Small lithium-battery powered vehicles (hoverboards, electric skateboards, airwheels, mini-segways and balance wheels) should be shipped via Air Canada Cargo. Information is available at aircanada.com/cargo

Personal electronic devices powered by lithium batteries [laptops, ipads, iphones, etc] and spare batteries must be in carry-on baggage.

Strollers
Air Canada recommends the use of small, umbrella type strollers as facilities are not designed to accommodate larger, heavy strollers. Collapsible strollers may be checked at the gate and will be delivered to you at the aircraft door at destination. Details of the stroller policy are available at: aircanada.com/infant-child.

Sporting equipment
Air Canada recommends that customers pre-register their sporting equipment by contacting Air Canada Reservations, Air Canada Vacations or their travel agent up to 24 hours prior to departure. Some sporting equipment is entitled to a waiver of oversize and/or additional piece charges. Details are available at: aircanada.com/excessbaggage.

External and internal name tags
As external baggage name tags sometimes become detached, Air Canada recommends that passengers place identification INSIDEtheir bag. A baggage ID template is available at:
aircanada.com/baggageid.

Travelling with children
Parents travelling with children should ensure they have appropriate documents including a birth certificate showing the name of both parents, legal documents pertaining to custody, or a parental consent letter authorizing travel where the child is travelling alone or with only one parent.

Children travelling outside of Canada with one parent may require legal documentation proving the other parent or guardian’s consent that the child may leave the country. Consult the Embassy or Consulate of the countries the child will be visiting and the Department of Global Affairs at 1-800-267-8376 to determine if such documentation is necessary.

Information on security measures
Government regulations stipulate customers can only transport in their carry-on baggage a limited amount of liquid, gel and aerosol items: 100ml/100g (3.4 oz) per article or smaller. Larger containers must be placed in checked baggage.

For more information on security measures, please consult the following official web sites:

In-Transit Pre-Clearance (ITPC) in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal
Customers arriving in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from an international flight with a connecting flight to the U.S. do not go through Canadian Customs and Immigration. Their checked baggage is automatically transferred to their connecting flight.

Duty-free purchases
Any duty-free items purchased before or during a flight that exceed current Government regulations will be confiscated at security check points unless they are sealed in Security Tamper Evident bags (STEBs). For more information please refer to the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) web-site: catsa.gc.ca/duty-free-purchases.

Travel documentation
All international travel requires a valid passport and in some cases other documentation, such as visas, in order to enter the country of destination and/or for transiting connection countries. The IATA Travel Centre search tool offers details regarding country-specific passport, visa and health entry requirement.

Domestic travel requires government-issued photo identification that includes date of birth and gender for all passengers 18 years of age and older. Government regulations require that the name provided in the flight reservation be exactly the same as it appears in the travel documentation.  More information is available at: aircanada.com/traveldocumentation.

Air Canada encourages customers to complete any travel information form ahead of time at aircanada.com.

Travelling to, from, via or over the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint lines can be longer than normal in spring and summer. The TSA recommends arriving at the airport 2 hours before departure if your flight is in the early morning or evening, when wait times for screening can be up to one hour. Members of Known Traveler Programs, such as Nexus or Global Entry, may experience normal wait times. Learn more

The United States requires that travellers provide additional Secure Flight information at least 72 hours before their flight or at time of booking. Please note that this requirement applies to many international flights which are deemed to over-fly the US. For more information please consult aircanada.com/secureflight

Eligible Air Canada customers enjoy the benefits of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✓™ program which provides accelerated security screening at most U.S. departure airports by allowing customers to keep shoes, belts and light outerwear on, and laptops and liquids in carry-on baggage. Learn more about TSA Pre✓ and how it applies to Air Canada flights.

 

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Canadian Travellers: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Canadian Travellers: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

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Whether it is travelling to meet your celebrity crush at a film festival, cheering on your favourite sports team at a tournament or grooving to the hottest live bands at a music festival, there are many events around the world this summer for Canadians to enjoy. Since travelling out of the country can stretch your travel budget beyond comfort and takes more advanced planning, the travel experts at Hotels.com™ have shared a list of exciting global events and how Canadian travellers can get the most bang for their buck by enjoying similar events at home.

“Celebrating milestones or festivals abroad can be such an exciting and memorable experience,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert at Hotels.com. “Many of the largest festivals have smaller equivalents so we’ve suggested some alternative events and outlined the hotel costs to help you budget your travel or staycation dollars.”

Euro Cup, France (June 10 – July 7, 2016)
The next best thing to the World Cup, France will play host to the European Cup this summer. The usual 16-team format of the quadrennial football championship has been expanded to 24 teams. Europe’s best national teams will compete in Paris, Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse as well as in newly constructed stadiums in Lille, Lyon, Nice and Bordeaux. In Paris, a fan zone will be set up on the Champ de Mars lawns under the Eiffel Tower and in Saint-Denis, giant screens will be placed near the Saint-Denis Basilica. Average hotel prices in Paris: $213*.Alternative: Amway Canadian Championship (June 2016) Canada’s five professional soccer teams, three in the MLS and two in the NASL, compete for the national club championship, the Voyageurs Cup. The two-leg finals are held in the last two weeks of June in the cities of the finalists. Last year’s champion was Vancouver where average hotel prices were $169*.
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom (June 22 – 24, 2016)
Just about any major popular music act you can name played the famed Glastonbury Festival in England’s south-west. This year’s edition features everyone from Adele to ZZ Top. With a perimeter of nearly 14 kilometres and as many as 1750,000 spectators enjoying music on multiple stages, Glastonbury is one of the world’s biggest outdoor music festivals. Chances of scoring a ticket are remote as they typically sell out in less than 24 hours, but you can always try the secondary market. Average hotel price in London: $276*.
Alternative: Osheaga Arts and Music Festival, Montreal (July 29 – 31, 2016)Now in its 10th year, this popular music festival on île Sainte-Hélène, site of Expo 67, continues to attract big-name acts year after year. This year’s headliners Radiohead and Lana Del Rey are joined by dozens of other of the world’s hottest musicians for a weekend of sun and fun. Average hotel price in Montreal: $160*.
Calgary Stampede (July 8 – 17, 2016)
The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has been Calgary’s defining event for more than a century. While rodeo competitions of such events as calf-roping and chuck-wagon racing are its biggest draw, the festival has grown to include a series of popular outdoor concerts and other community happenings, like the ever-popular pancake breakfasts. Be sure to wear a cowboy hat while you’re there so you will fit in! Average hotel price in Calgary: $150*.
Alternative: Festival Western de Sainte-Tite (Sept. 9 – 18, 2016).Would it surprise you to learn that the second largest rodeo in Canada is held in Quebec? Every September, the tiny town of Saint-Tite shuts down for two weeks to host one of the most popular rodeos on the eastern circuit. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to watch top rodeo stars compete for big money prizes. How do you say yee-haw in French? Average hotel prices in Trois-Rivières: $124*.
San Diego Comic-Con (July 21 – 24, 2016)
Every year, this California city becomes the center of the “nerd” universe as fans of comic books, superhero movies and cult TV shows converge to meet their idols and celebrate their love for genre media. Scoring tickets to this annual event require a lot of planning and accommodations need to be reserved far in advance. Average hotel price in San Diego: $182*.
Alternative: Central Canada Comic-Con (Oct. 28 – 30, 2016). Canada has its share of comic-book conventions with notable ones being held in Toronto and Vancouver, but Winnipeg’s C4 punches above its weight and draws fans from all over the country. One of this year’s notable guests is Canada’s own William Shatner, the living legend best known for his role as Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk. Average hotel price in Winnipeg: $136*.
EuroPride, Amsterdam, Netherlands (July 23 – Aug. 7, 2016)
World Pride happens next year in Madrid, but until then the world’s biggest gay pride event takes place in Amsterdam. The festival kicks off with Pink Saturday, a series of parties and activities that will be held throughout the city. The highlight of the two-week event will be the Canal Parade, a floating procession of boats that will travel a 6-kilometre route along the city’s famous canals. Average hotel prices in Amsterdam: $214*.
Alternative: Pride Toronto (June 24 – July 3, 2016).This annual Canadian Pride celebration is one of the biggest in the world, attracting more than 1.2 million attendees from Toronto and beyond and includes multiple parades and marches in support of various LGBTQ groups. Average hotel price in Toronto: $155*.
Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Aug. 5 – 21, 2016)
Every four years, the entire world is captivated by the globe’s finest athletes competing in sports that normally get little attention, but for two glorious weeks every four summers, we cheer on our favourites. Watching on television is great, but nothing compares to being there in person. The only problem is obtaining tickets for the most coveted events is a sport in itself. Average hotel price in Rio de Janeiro: $195*.

Alternative: Vancouver 2010 winter games venues: Revisit the city that most recently hosted an Olympic Games in Canada with a tour of the venues of the 2010 event. Start in downtown Vancouver to pose with the famous torch then end your tour in Whistler and its mountain venues which are as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter. Average hotel price inVancouver: $169*.

Alternative: Vancouver 2010 winter games venues: Revisit the city that most recently hosted an Olympic Games in Canada with a tour of the venues of the 2010 event. Start in downtown Vancouver to pose with the famous torch then end your tour in Whistler and its mountain venues which are as spectacular in the summer as they are in the winter. Average hotel price inVancouver: $169*.
Everyone knows that big events boost demand for hotel rooms, which means prices go up. One way to score the best deals is to join the Hotels.com Rewards™ program. Not only will the free program net you a free** night for every ten you stay, but members have access to Secret Prices***, lower rates on selected hotels in popular destinations. These are rates that aren’t available to everyone and won’t be found on hotel comparison sites.

*Average price paid per night including taxes and fees by Canadian travellers in 2015.
**Free night does not include taxes and charges and is subject to terms and conditions of Hotels.com Rewards.
*** Secret Prices are available to Hotels.com app users, Hotels.com Rewards members and individuals who unlock Secret Prices on the website by subscribing to Hotels.com by email. Secret Prices will be shown where the “Your Secret Price” banner is displayed in your search results. Available on selected hotels and selected dates only. Subject to full terms and conditions.

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com, L.P. operates Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca), a leading online accommodation booking website with properties ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

© 2016 Hotels.com, LP. Hotels.com, The Obvious Choice, Hotels.com Rewards and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks of the property of their respective owners.

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Survey reveals how mobile technology is revolutionizing Canadian travel habits

Survey reveals how mobile technology is revolutionizing Canadian travel habits

As mobile devices continue to evolve, the Hotels.com™ Mobile Travel Tracker* uncovers the true impact that the number-one travel accessory, the mobile phone, is having on our booking and travel behaviours. It reveals Canadians are now booking hotels in secret, becoming more spontaneous, staying connected with friends and placing less emphasis on price.

Global travel summary for 2015

According to the Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker, a global study of 9,200 travellers across 31 countries, today’s modern traveller makes four trips a year and on average stays in a hotel 13 nights of the year. Although for some, the hotel becomes their home for a month, as almost 1 in 10 spend more than 31 days a year in a hotel room.

Almost a third of people admit that they book more trips than ever thanks to mobile, so as smartphones continue to get smarter, it’s no surprise that nearly a third (30 per cent) of Canadians regularly book their hotel stays on a mobile device, with this number rising to 42 per cent for those aged 30 – 40, according to the survey. Short breaks at home (19 per cent), short breaks abroad (16 per cent) and business trips (16 per cent) are the main occasions Canadians make their hotel reservations on mobile.

We’re booking our hotels from everywhere

Gone are the days of booking your trip in a travel agent’s office surrounded by people, because nowadays hotel bookings are sometimes a more secretive affair, with travellers reserving their hotel room from their bedroom and their bathroom. Seventeen per cent of Canadians say they have booked a hotel while in bed with their partner. Eleven per cent of people also admitted to booking a hotel in the office when they were supposed to be working and nine per cent even confessed to booking a hotel while sitting on the toilet! Over a quarter of people (27 per cent) are multi-tasking mobile users as they have booked a hotel while also searching on multiple devices, according to this survey.

How we pay is more important than how much we pay

For today’s savvy traveller, it is no longer simply a case of the price is always right. In fact according to the Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker, having the right payment method and offering genuine guest reviews are more important factors when Canadians book a hotel on mobile. (Hotels.com offers 15 different payment methods, including the newly launched Apple Pay available currently in the U.S., but coming soon to Canada.)

Top five influencing factors for Canadians to book travel on mobile:

  1. Payment method is right for me – 45 per cent
  2. Price is best value – 42 per cent
  3. Genuine guest reviews – 40 per cent
  4. There is relevant and detailed info on hotel – 37 per cent
  5. Lots of hotel photos – 37 per cent

Nine per cent of travellers say having a loyalty program, like Hotels.com™ Rewards, influences their decision when booking on mobile and 11 per cent of people say having a coupon code also influences whether they make a booking. When it comes to the hotel itself, being connected is so important that 23 per cent of people say they only select a hotel if it offers free WiFi.

Mobile technology lets travellers be spontaneous

More than a third of Canadians (37 per cent) say their smartphone makes them more spontaneous when travelling and the fact that 37 per cent of people have made a same-day hotel booking and over a fifth of holidaymakers book less than a week before travel, seems to be evidence our travel booking behaviour is becoming more last-minute. A super spontaneous nine per cent of us have really left booking a hotel to the last minute and actually booked in the airport lounge before departure.

Travellers want to do more with their phones

With mobile technologies developing at such speed, there’s no doubt mobile usage for travellers will evolve. The Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker looked at what activities Canadians would be prepared to do in the future on their mobile devices while travelling. The most popular future usage for a quarter of people was to use their mobiles as an identification tool, to open hotel doors electronically and to check-in at self-serve kiosks at hotels.

More mobile usage facts about Canadian travellers:

  • Two-thirds of Canadians say their mobile phone is their favourite travel accessory.
  • The biggest use for mobile devices while travelling is as a camera with 42 per cent of Canadians using their phones to take photos.
  • The mobile apps Canadians use most while travelling are dedicated social media apps with 53 per cent of us using them while on the road.
  • Sixty-nine per cent of Canadians spend 1-to-2 hours per day on social media while travelling.

The Hotels.com app constantly evolves to meet the needs of travellers

Dan Craig, Senior Director of Mobile at Hotels.com brand said: “We pride ourselves on the booking experience we offer today’s modern traveller through our mobile app. As one of the market leaders in the mobile space, we’re constantly innovating and adding new features to make our app more personal and improve both hotel shopping and the customer experience. We see a growing number of transactions coming from mobile, so it’s fantastic to see that travellers anticipating new mobile technology features. It’s also great to see that booking a hotel on mobile is so easy, that 10 per cent of people do it while sitting on the toilet!”

Hotels.com is continually evolving its in-stay mobile experience and some exciting new features will be revealed in the coming months.

Launched earlier this year, a new home screen design on the Hotels.com Android app now means users have a more personalized experience. New home screen features include the Hotels.com Rewards punch card, dynamic reservations, cross device searches and offline mode.

The Hotels.com mobile app is available for IOS, Android, Windows and Amazon Kindle devices, and already has over 50 million downloads worldwide.

Please visit: http://mobiletraveltracker.hotels.com/ for more insights from the Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker.

Notes to Editor 

*9,200 adults from 31 countries were polled by One Poll, commissioned by Hotels.com in May 2016

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com, L.P. operates Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca), a leading online accommodation booking website with properties ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

© 2016 Hotels.com, LP. Hotels.com, The Obvious Choice, Mobile Travel Tracker, Hotels.com Rewards and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Canadians spending money close to home this summer

Canadians spending money close to home this summer

With the first long weekend of the season coming up, a recent survey by Tangerine found that home may be the place to be this summer. The survey found that the vast majority of Canadians (81 per cent) plan to spend the long weekend at home this year, and two-thirds (69 per cent) say the value of the Canadian dollar is impacting their travel plans for the rest of the summer.

For the remainder of the summer months, a quarter of Canadians surveyed said they won’t be getting away at all, and 58 per cent said they’ll travel within Canada or their home province. Only nine per cent will travel to the US, and another eight per cent will travel internationally. More than one quarter (27 per cent) of Canadians said they changed their plans and no longer plan to travel to the US this summer because of the Canadian dollar.

While it seems that many people are cutting back on US travel plans this year, those with vacation plans are not afraid to spend money. Of those planning a trip within Canada this summer, 55 per cent will spend more than $1,000, and of those planning a trip to the US, 74 per cent will spend more than $1,000. Furthermore, 59 per cent admitted that they typically overspend what they budget for vacation, and many (29 per cent) use credit and debt to fund their vacation and pay it back later.

“Vacations can be a slippery slope when it comes to spending money, since you’re out of your regular routine and already opening your wallet for many expenses,” says Silvio Stroescu, Vice President of Deposits and Investments at Tangerine. “Having access to an interactive banking app with alerts can be helpful for money management while away, but, of course, deferring a vacation until you can afford it is the best option and appears to be what many Canadians are doing this year.”

A Canada-cation
When taking a vacation in their own country, Canadians are most likely to prefer an extended cottage trip to the lake and a good book (44%), followed by a busy-city adventure (23%). If they could take a vacation anywhere in Canada, one-third (33%) of Canadians would choose the east coast/Atlantic Canada as their destination of choice, followed by British Columbia (25%), Ontario (16%), and Quebec(16%).

The millennial compromise
When asked about splurges and compromises while on summer vacations, the millennial age group was the most likely to splurge, admitting they’re likely to overspend on food and beverage (63%), outdoor activities (43%), shopping/souvenirs (35%), and tickets for entertainment (25%) when travelling. But some millennials may be splurging in some areas because they’re saving on other expenses. Millennials were the most willing to share a bed or hotel room (35%), and take multiple connector flights (31%). Meanwhile, 18 per cent said they’ll travel on their birthday to take advantage of birthday freebies, or during non-peak times (70%).

“Whether staying with friends at an Airbnb® or hostel, or just hitting the road in your car, there are many ways to ensure you stay within your budget while you travel,” says Cait Flanders, author of the personal finance blog, Blonde on a Budget®. “My favourite way to save on travel is taking a ‘staycation’ and exploring areas close to home, which can be an eye-opening experience and cost much less.Canada is one of the most beautiful places in the world and we should all spend more time exploring it.”

Survey Methodology
From April 20 to 21, 2016, an online survey was conducted among 1,515 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

About Tangerine
Tangerine is a direct bank that delivers simplified everyday banking to Canadians. With nearly 2 million Clients and close to $38 billionin total assets, we are Canada’s leading direct bank. Tangerine offers banking that is flexible and accessible, products and services that are innovative, fair fees, and award-winning Client service. From no-fee daily chequing and high-interest savings accounts, a Credit Card, GICs, RSPs, TFSAs, mortgages and mutual funds, Tangerine has the everyday banking products Canadians need. With over 1,000 employees in Canada, our presence extends beyond our website and Mobile Banking app to our Café locations, Pop-Up locations and 24/7 Contact Centres. Tangerine was launched as ING DIRECT Canada in 1997. In 2012 it was acquired by Scotiabank, and operates independently as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

More information is available at tangerine.ca

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