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Chapter 10: A Look at Canada


The Hotel Price IndexTM (HPITM) is a regular survey of hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on and prices shown are those actually paid by customers per room per night, rather than advertised rates.

Now in its tenth year, the HPI is respected as the definitive report on hotel prices paid around the world and is increasingly used as a reference tool by the media, hoteliers, financial analysts, investors, tourism bodies and academics.

The HPI tracks the real prices paid per room per night by customers around the world, using a weighted average based on the number of rooms sold in each of the markets in which operates.

The international scale of, in terms of the number of customers, properties and destinations covered, makes the Hotel Price Index one of the most comprehensive benchmarks available. It incorporates both chain and independent hotels, as well as options such as self-catering and bed & breakfast properties.

The Index was started in 2004 at 100 and includes all bookings across all star ratings from 1-star to 5-star. This edition looks at the first six months of 2013, comparing the results with the same time period in 2012. More than 150,000 properties around the world make up the sample set of hotels from which prices are taken.

About the HPI

The HPI report focuses on two main sources of data:

The first section (Chapter 1) shows the international Hotel Price Index for the first half of 2013, comparing it with the same period in previous years.

The Index is compiled from all relevant transactions on during this period, weighted to reflect the size of each market. By representing hotel price movements in an index, can illustrate the actual price movements as paid by consumers, without foreign exchange fluctuations distorting the picture.

The Index was started in 2004 at 100 and includes all bookings across all star ratings from one- to five-star.

The following sections (Chapters 2-7) show hotel prices across the world per room per night as paid by travellers from Canada in the first six months of 2013 compared with the first six months of 2012. This shows the changes in real prices paid by Canadian consumers, reflecting both movements in exchange rates and hotel pricing. The sections also highlight price increases and decreases throughout Canada, the areas of Canada that international visitors are travelling to, destinations offering the best value in 2013 as well as relevant travel news and updates.

Prices are rounded to the nearest Canadian Dollar and percentage figures to the nearest percentage point.

Reports are also available in other currencies. Please contact Follow the discussions on Twitter @hotelsdotcomca, #HPI. Highlights of 2013

The first half of 2013 has seen some notable achievements for

  • In February, launched a pioneering mobile app specifically designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 device. The app, which is also available across all devices in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, makes use of the Galaxy Note 8.0's integrated pen-input technology, called the S Pen, to provide users with a richer and more interactive booking experience.
  • Also that month, Byte Level Research's report of Best Global Websites 2013 listed as No 2, rising three spots in a year to reach its highest ever position. The Report Card analyses websites according to four criteria: Global Reach (Languages), Global Navigation, Global/Mobile Architecture and Localization & Social.
  • In March, was named the Top Travel Website in the UK by eDigitalResearch which measures user satisfaction across the entire end-to-end customer journey, from first impressions all the way through to customer contact. claimed the top spot for its clean and simple homepage, clear navigational links and extensive range of search filters.
  • Also in March, launched an app for Windows 8 and the mobile app was named the Best Hotel Booking App in the Hotels & Resorts category by, surpassing several other leading online travel companies to capture nearly half of the vote. Collectively, apps have achieved more than 20 million downloads since the launch in 2011.
  • In June, was shortlisted in the travel and tourism category of the Online Retail Awards in the UK with the results to be announced in September.
  • Since the launch of its Welcome Rewards™ loyalty programme, has rewarded its customers with more than one million free* nights.
  • Many of our international sites celebrated their 10th anniversary during 2013 including 13 in Europe and Australia. in numbers:

20 mobile apps downloaded
7 millionCustomer reviews from guests who have actually stayed in the hotels
1 millionFree* nights given away to Welcome Rewards members
Approx 220,000Bookable properties available on the site
85+Localised websites around the world

Canada Contacts

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Director of Public Relations, North America

Lauren Wasley
energi PR for
Phone: (416) 425-9143 ext. 19

* The maximum value of the free night is the average daily rate of the 10 nights stayed. The free night does not include taxes and fees.