Searching For New Year’s Eve Escapes

With 2016 winding down, many Canadians are on the hunt for a New Year’s Eve getaway. In fact, KAYAK reports that New Year’s Eve searches by Canadians have already increased by 10% compared to 2015. Prior to this year, Canadians showed a decrease of 11% interest in New Year’s Eve travel.

To discover where Canadians will be when the ball drops, KAYAK explored its searches to forecast national travel trends kicking off the New Year:

  • Chilly Canadians welcome 2017 with sun – With sunshine locations making up the majority of Canada’s top 10 destinations for New Year’s Eve, bundled-up Canucks are looking to celebrate in snow-free hot spots. Florida rays continue to attract Canadians with Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Miami taking up 3 spots in the top 10 positions, taking residence in second, seventh and ninth positions, respectively.
  • Untraditional New Year’s Eve destinations are on the rise – More Canadians are looking to raise a toast to 2017 in an exotic location, with double the interest in NYE destinations like Dubai, Guatemala, Reykjavik, Seoul and Madrid compared to last year.
  • Vancouver and Toronto defend their titles of top Canadian destinations – While these two cities continue to reign as most popular travel locations for Canadians travelling domestically, Kelowna, B.C. has made an impressive showing with almost 70% increase in New Year’s Eve interest from last year.

David Solomito, VP North America Marketing for KAYAK, observed: “This year more than ever, we’re witnessing the role New Year’s Eve plays in providing Canadians with a much needed escape from the snow, the cold and the stress of the holidays.”

Solomito continued: “We understand that after the festive season budgets can be tight, and we would encourage travelers to begin planning now to discover cost-saving destinations. By turning to tools like Price Alerts, you can set it and forget it with alerts coming to you when prices change.”

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