Canadians will spend slightly more than a week in hotels this summer. And they’ll be looking for a bargain. And nice amenities.
The folks at Room Key recently completed a survey and found Canadians plan to spend 7.84 nights (maybe they’ll get up early the last night) in hotels this summer for vacation. Some 78 per cent of travelers plan to spend about the same per night as last summer, when six out of ten folks spent $100 to $200 a night on a room and about 32 per cent paid less than $100.
Among those Canadians planning a hotel stay between May and August, they expect to spend an average of $1,029. Which adds up to about $14 billion on hotels for the summer season; a sizeable amount for sure.
As you’d expect, 78 per cent of respondents said price would drive their hotel decision, followed by location (64 per cent) and amenities (57 per cent). The hotel brand was cited by 37 per cent, while points and rewards programs were mentioned by 34 per cent of respondents.
“Value reigns supreme in the search for hotels this summer,” said Chief Marketing Officer Stephany Verstraete. “But today’s savvy traveler is looking beyond room rate to perks like complimentary Wi-Fi or free breakfast, the ability to earn loyalty points and more.”
When asked about their favourite part of staying in a hotel, 66 per cent amenities. Folks also said they prefer to avoid a room by the elevator or, no surprise, near the ice machine. (Of course, one option is to go to Europe and stay in an old hotel and avoid the ice machine entirely).
Fifty four per cent of folks said they plan to take it easy on a beach or on an island or at a spa. Big city sight-seeing that includes shopping came second at 48 per cent, following by family or school reunions at 32 per cent. More than half – about 55 per cent – said they’ll stay home on summer holiday weekends. Twenty seven per cent plan to travel for Canada Day, 17 per cent for this coming Victoria Day weekend and 23 per cent for Labour Day weekend.
I wouldn't turn down an invite for a cottage on the Canada Day weekend, but I do find it hugely relaxing to stay at home and do my chores and gardening and relax in the backyard with a nice glass of wine...
BARBIE HOME IN FLORIDA
I seem to recall my daughter playing with Barbie dolls. I’m sure my wife did as a little girl.
But I can’t help but feel a little weird about the idea of this Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience at the mall in Fort Lauderdale. It just seems so over the top and plastic. But maybe it’s just me.
If you haven’t heard, there’s a story on it in today’s Living section of the Star, a piece that talks about “an endless closet, elevators, a kitchen, bedroom, and everything pink."
It’s a life-size house that has some women turning to puddles.
Japes says she has more than 3,000 Barbie dolls in her home and plans to visit Barbie’s home this week, along with other members of what’s called the Fashion Queen Doll Club.
It sounds awful. But, then again, somewhere in my basement at home is a Willie Mays bobblehead doll that’s cracked all apart and a Captain Kirk Star Trek figurine someone once gave me. So maybe I should keep quiet.
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