Looking to take a trip to a Canadian destination this year?
Hoping for a warm welcome when you arrive?
If so, you might be happy to hear that Booking.com recently revealed the most welcoming places in Canada
The places were chosen according Booking.com’s 2018 guest review awards. For the seventh annual edition of the awards, 759,845 properties across 219 countries and territories were given an award, with more than 2,200 Canadian properties claiming awards.
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So, what are the most welcoming destinations, according to Booking.com?
The reported most welcoming destinations in Canada include Calgary, Kelowna, Whistler, Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax, Niagara on the Lake, Ottawa, Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant.
So while only two Ontario destinations made the list, one of those destinations includes somewhat nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake–an ideal getaway for GTA wine lovers.
Booking also released some interesting data about preferred accommodations.
When it comes to the most welcoming property types in Canada, four out of the five are alternative accommodation options: B&Bs (1,568), Apartments (1,048), Hotels (1,987), Motels (600), and Inns (486).
According to the data, people like to stay in apartments when they travel.
Booking says that for the second year in a row, apartments are the top-awarded accommodation type around the globe, making up more than a third (36 per cent) of the award-winning properties in 2018.
In fact, nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of all the winning properties are homes, apartments and other unique places to stay, including everything from riads and ryokans to homestays and guest houses. This isn’t too surprising, considering the fact that recent research found that over one quarter (26 per cent) of travellers say that they prefer “unique and quirky accommodation over more traditional places.”
Booking also found that a more than a quarter of travellers (28 per cent) would prefer to stay in a vacation rental (holiday home or apartment) over a hotel in 2019.
The data also found that 12 per cent said that they would consider listing their own home on a travel accommodation site over the coming year, with 29 per cent of Canadian travellers also wanting to stay in an accommodation type they’ve never experienced before.
“No matter the type, size or location of the property, what we see from our customers is that they value a human connection when they travel, whether it’s some extra attention to detail or a truly individualized approach to service,” said Nuno Guerreiro Regional Manager Canada at Booking.com. “With these awards, we celebrate and thank all of the amazing accommodation providers who create special travel experiences for our customers on a daily basis.”
Do you plan on visiting a welcoming destination in Canada this year?