American travelers picked Toronto over Rome last year, according to the just-released Hotels.com™ Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™). Ontario’s capital city was ranked as the third Most Popular International City by US travelers, coming in ahead of Rome for the first time since 2010.
The HPI also showed that the average price of a hotel room in Canada rose three per cent during 2013, and that more foreign guests were drawn to Canada thanks, in part, to the decline in the value of the Loonie in the last half of 2013.
“The HPI has tracked four years of solid progress since hotel prices declined in 2008,” said Neha Parikh, vice-president and general manager, Hotels.com North America. “This steady growth is a good sign for the Canadian travel industry and the 2013 prices paid are a useful guide for inspiration to visit familiar domestic cities and venture out and discover a wide range of destinations beyond Canada’s border.”
According to the HPI, the most popular international cities for Canadians are: New York, NY (1); Las Vegas, NV (2); and Orlando, FL (3). It also reports that the best values in four and five star hotels can be found in Warsaw, Poland, which offered the best dollar-per-star value ($120 per night). Lisbon, Portugal also ranked high with an average five-star room rate of $171 per night.
Other cities offering great deals at five star hotels are: Mumbai, India ($187); Guangzhou, China ($188); Budapest, Hungary ($192); and Delhi, India ($192).