Booking.com Reveals Top Property Types and Destinations on the Minds of Home-Bound Canadians
- Hotels most wish-listed* type of property by Canadians, higher than the global average
Focus of travel wanderlust shifts closer to home with increased presence of domestic properties now in travel ‘wish lists’ created on Booking.com compared to last year
While the world sits poised for when the time is right to travel again, Booking.com shares insights gathered from the millions of properties favorited across over 100,000 different destinations by travellers from all over the globe since the start of March.
With many experts across the industry speculating about traveller preferences once travel restrictions are lifted, Booking.com reveals that the most desired types of properties among Canadians since the start of March are: hotels, apartments, guest houses, resorts and hostels. Hotels account for 46% of all properties wish listed by Canadians over the last two months, slightlynoticeably higher than the global average of 40%.
It’s no surprise to see domestic travel is top of mind for consumers, with over half (51%) of all properties wish listed being within a traveller’s own domestic borders. This figure is a jump from the same time last year, when domestic properties accounted for just a third (33%) of those added to wish lists.
Digging deeper, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City were found to be among the most popular domestic destinations being wish listed by Canadians signaling that travellers are ready for sunny city getaways and historic architecture when they are able to hit the road again. Notably, destinations close to water and wine country such as Niagara Falls and Vancouver were also at the top of the list.
From the concrete jungle of Toronto to the beaches and mountains of Vancouver, Canadian travellers’ wanderlust has them clicking the “heart”hitting “save” on properties offering them an escape. The top places to stay in Canada on wish lists include:
One King West Hotel and Residence - Toronto (Hotel & Residence)
Hôtel Sainte-Anne - Quebec City (Hotel)
Hotel Belmont - Vancouver (Hotel)
For their first steps beyond their own borders, Canadians’ hearts are set on world class city getaways at center stage alongside tropical adventures.
New York (U.S.) tops the list, followed by Lisbon (Portugal), Paris (France), London (UK), and Tokyo (Japan), while Ubud (Indonesia), Playa del Carmen (Mexico), Rome (Italy) and Orlando (U.S.) also appear strongly top of mind.
Adriana Mantilla, Regional Manager Canada at Booking.com, said: “Throughout the rapidly evolving global uncertainty of this time, we have been intensely focused on the safety and security of our customers, partners and colleagues as well as evolving the support we provide to them at every step. One piece of this is working to ensure that travellers are inspired to dream about all kinds of travel and bring assurance to our partners that we will continue to deliver demand to them as the world begins to travel again. It is encouraging to see so many properties added to wish lists over the past few months, and we look forward to helping travellers experience them when it is safe to do so.”
*Methodology: based on comparing wish list data on Booking.com between March and April 2020 to the same months in 2019. Customers on Booking.com can wish list properties by clicking the ‘heart’ button present on every property’s listing on the platform.
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