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London Moves into the Top Three Most Popular International Destinations for Canadians

Regina climbs into the Top 20 list of Canadian cities visited by international travellers
London, United-Kingdom is now one of the three most popular international cities for Canadian travelers. (CNW Group/Hotels.com)
London Moves into the Top Three Most Popular International Destinations for Canadians

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According to recent insights from the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™), London debuted in the top three most popular international cities for Canadian travellers in the first half of this year by jumping one spot since the first half of 2013 to third place. Paris debuted in the top five, climbing two spots to number four. The recent stability of the Euro, which has hovered at a lower than historical rate for the first half of 2014, is likely one of the reasons behind the increased interest in European cities from Canadians.

Orlando, historically a very popular U.S. destination for Canadians, ranked third in popularity for the first half of 2013, but was pushed two spots down by London and Paris to number five in the same period this year. Swapping places yet again were New York City and Las Vegas. In the first half of this year, the Big Apple was the victor as the most popular international city for Canadian travellers and Sin City fell to second place.

New to the Top 20 list for the first half of 2014 is Tokyo, which climbed six spots – the largest jump in the Top 20 – from the same period last year. The second largest increases in popularity were in Barcelona, Hong Kong and Anaheim - all up three spots in the Top 20 ranking. The biggest decrease amongst the Top 20 went to Seattle, dropping four spots from number five in 2013 to number nine in the first half of this year.

20 Most Popular International Cities for Canadian Travellers

20 Most Popular International Cities for Canadians

City

Country

H1 2014 vs. 2013 

Rank Change

1. New York City, N.Y.

U.S.

+1

2. Las Vegas, Nev.

U.S.

-1

3. London

United Kingdom

+1

4. Paris

France

+2

5. Orlando, Fla.

U.S.

-2

6. Chicago, Ill.

U.S.

+2

7. Los Angeles, Calif.

U.S.

+2

8. San Francisco, Calif.

U.S.

-1

9. Seattle, Wash.

U.S.

-4

10. Rome

Italy

+1

11. Boston, Mass.

U.S.

-1

12. San Diego, Calif.

U.S.

No change

13. Barcelona

Spain

+3

14. Newark, N.J.

U.S.

No change

15. Miami, Fla.

U.S.

-2

16. Hong Kong

Hong Kong

+3

17. Anaheim, Calif.

U.S.

+3

18. Portland, Ore.

U.S.

No change

19. Washington, D.C.

U.S.

-2

20. Tokyo

Japan

+6 (New)

When it came to the most popular Canadian cities for international visitors in the first six months of 2014, Regina had an impressive three place jump into the Top 20 list, replacing Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, which moved one place to number 19. The top six Canadian cities remained unchanged in their popularity amongst foreign visitors. Lake Louise, typically one of Canada's most expensive destinations, increased two spots to number 16 in the first half of 2014. Other cities known for their outdoor attractions, Canmore, Ottawa and Whistler all jumped one spot in the Top 20 rankings.

20 Most Popular Canadian Cities for International Visitors 

20 Most Popular Canadian Cities for International Visitors

City, Prov

H1 2014 vs. H1 2013 Rank Change

1. Toronto, ON

No change

2. Vancouver, BC

No change

3. Montreal, QC

No change

4. Niagara Falls, ON

No change

5. Calgary, AB

No change

6. Quebec, QC

No change

7. Ottawa, ON

+1

8. Victoria, BC

-1

9. Banff, AB

No change

10. Whistler, BC

+1

11. Edmonton, AB

-1

12. Winnipeg, MB

No change

13. Halifax, NS

No change

14. Canmore, AB

+1

15. Jasper, AB

-1

16. Lake Louise, AB

+2

17. Windsor, ON

+1

18. London, ON

-1

19. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

+1

20. Regina, SK

+3 (New)

 



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