While it may be known for its epic landscapes and hyperactive nightlife, Whistler rarely makes headlines for being a cheap place to stay.
That changed this week when a hotel rate report tallied by popular Internet travel site Hotwire started circulating. Taking note of a five per cent overall drop in accommodation prices over the last year, Hotwire included Whistler in its February round up of Canadian resorts with the biggest price decrease.
It joined Banff, AB, which experienced a 19 per cent drop; Quebec City, QC, which has a nine per cent drop; Vancouver, BC, also with a nine per cent decline in prices, and London, ON, which saw an eight per cent dip. This is the first time Whistler has made the list since the report debuted in August 2009.
"Consistently ranked the number one resort in North America, and featuring two majestic mountains prime for skiing and snowboarding, Whistler's five per cent price drop entices travelers to come to town to play hard and rest easy," states the press release circulated by Hotwire.
Data collected in Hotwire's report is calculated by comparing stay dates for select regions in the current month, prices in the same month in the prior year.
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