Once again New York, Las Vegas and London, England held fast as the top three international destinations for Canadians travelling outside the country in 2015. And even though demand for European destinations increased, there was renewed passion by Canadians to travel to more exotic destinations, a trend evident in the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index.
“Canadians have an inherent sense of adventure and have always shown a great desire to experience new and different cultures,” says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. “We’re seeing that interest continuing to increase as Canadians seek out more authentic and experiential travel experiences to destinations rich in history and culture.”
Some of the biggest increases among the top 20 most popular international cities for Canadians were outside of North America. Bangkok, Tokyo and Hong Kong jumped five, four and three spots respectively, while in Europe, Amsterdam climbed four spots and Rome and Barcelona jumped a respectable two spots each.
Most popular international cities for Canadian travellers
|City||Country||2015 vs. 2014 Rank|
|1||New York City||United States||No change|
|2||Las Vegas||United States||No change|
|3||London||United Kingdom||No change|
|6||San Francisco||United States||+3|
|8||Los Angeles||United States||No change|
|11||San Diego||United States||+1|
Within our borders, the top three most visited cities by Canadians remained the same. No surprise that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver ranked at the top of the list once again. Edmonton and Calgary held fast at numbers four and five respectively and a couple of surprises as Kingston jumped two spots while Regina, Halifax, Winnipeg and Ottawa all moved up one in the rankings.
Most popular domestic cities for Canadian travellers
|City||Province||2015 vs. 2014 Rank|
|3||Vancouver||British Columbia||No change|
|19||Kamloops||British Columbia||No change|