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Hotwire unveils Canadian hotel rate report for January

Growing inventory and temperate weather mean savings for winter travellers, report says


SAN FRANCISCO—Discount travel site Hotwire.com has announced the results of its January 2013 Hotwire Canadian Hotel Rate Report, which features the top-five cities in Canada where hotel rates have decreased the most. The Hotel Rate Report is designed to help guide customers to destinations that can maximize their travel dollars, Hotwire.com said.

Whistler, BC tops the first rate report of 2013 with a drop of 8 percent. Whistler rose two spots from the last Hotel Rate Report issued in 2012. Driven by growing inventory, hotels in the area have been able to offer travellers better rates , making Whistler the top-value destination this month. Victoria took the second spot with a 7-percent price drop. Meanwhile Ottawa, absent from the list for over a year, took the third spot this month with a 6-percent drop. According to the report, this year’s atypical weather patterns have caused an early thaw, making for warmer temperatures than previous years.

Winnipeg returns to the list for the first time since August 2012 at number four, while London, Ontario, which is back for the first time since January 2011, round out the top reductions with five and three percent drops, respectively.