September 1, 2015


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Winnipeg wins over tourism heavyweights

It doesn't have marketing slogan written all over it, but let's yell it out loud anyway, Winnipeg -- We're No. 12!

Manitoba's capital is the 12th most popular Canadian city for international visitors, according to new research from Hotels.com.

It's the same ranking as last year, but Taylor Cole, travel expert at Hotels.com, said it's worth noting Winnipeg ranked ahead of well-known tourism destinations such as Lake Louise (16) and Halifax (13). Winnipeg may even be poised to move up the list.

"It's an interesting city to watch as there are a lot of current and up-and-coming attractions from the Assiniboine Park Zoo to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights," Cole said.

The good news, she said, is Winnipeg is easy to access via frequent flights on popular airlines, including WestJet and Air Canada, and with the airport close to downtown, it's also convenient for business travellers.

Topping the list is Toronto, followed by Vancouver, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Calgary, Quebec, Ottawa, Victoria, Banff and Whistler.

Hotels.com also determined the most popular international cities for Canadians. New York topped that list, followed by Las Vegas, London, Paris, Orlando, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Rome.

Hotels.com compiles its numbers from booking patterns on its website.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2014 B9

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