CANADIANS SEEK A ROYAL ADVENTURE, SAYS BOOKING.COM
Castle stays top Canadians’ wish list of unique accommodations, according to new survey
One in three Canadians dream of living the royal life.
Perhaps it's Canada's ties to the British monarchy or the popularity of shows like Downton Abbey, but it seems Canadians' fascination with the royals are driving them to seek out the royal experience for themselves. A recent survey by Booking.com, the world's number one accommodation site, found a stay at a castle topped Canadians' list of dream accommodations.
The Epic Accommodations survey gave 1,200 Canadians the option to choose among some of the world's most interesting accommodations and, while castles proved to be the runaway winner, Canadians also expressed their preference for themed hotels, boats and farm stays. Perhaps not surprisingly, more Canadians would rather stay in a converted prison than an igloo.
Canadians also ranked in the world's top five most adventurous when it came to accommodation choices, ranking higher than Americans and Australians. One in three Canadians reported having stayed in an unusual accommodation, including a tuberculosis sanatorium in China, a pyramid, a pirate ship, a converted fort, a convent and a cave hotel.
Today Booking.com launched a new platform called Epic Accommodations to help travellers unearth some of the world's most interesting accommodations and inspire them to embrace adventure when booking their next stay.
We know travellers from all over the world really like the idea of staying somewhere unusual. And that everyone has their own version of an 'epic' stay.
Paul Hennessy, chief marketing officer, Booking.com: "With Epic Accommodations we are celebrating that spirit of adventure, as well as some of the world's most interesting accommodations, and sending the message that choosing somewhere unusual doesn't mean compromising on practical considerations."
Castles are no stranger to Booking.com with more than 729 destinations featuring some of the leading castles of the world. Through Booking.com, travellers can wine and dine amongst historical gardens and medieval architecture in West Sussex, United Kingdom's Amberley Castle or spend a night in a fourteenth century medieval castle in the village of Óbidos, Portugal.
The Epic Accommodations site features news and insights into the travel habits and preferences of travellers from nine countries: United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, China and Japan. It also provides a selection of those travellers' favourite unusual accommodations from all over the world.
Booking.com is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodations online. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property – from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the Booking.com website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don’t pay booking fees – ever. The Booking.com website is available in 42 languages, offers more than 525,000 hotels and accommodations in 205 countries, features 33+ million reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts online visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 17 years of experience and a team of over 8,000 dedicated employees in 135+ offices worldwide, Booking.com operates its own in-house customer service team, which is available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.
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