Lonely Planet Writer

Hotels in Canada experience the 'Kate Middleton bounce' after recent royal visit

The recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada has coincided with a huge surge in hotel bookings over the past week in comparison to the same period in 2015. Hotels.com say searches for Canada have jumped by 60% following the arrival of the English Royals to the Maple Leaf shores.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with children Prince George and Princess Charlotte wave to wellwishers in Victoria, Canada.
Prince William and Kate Middleton with children Prince George and Princess Charlotte wave to wellwishers in Victoria, Canada. Image by Samir Hussein, WireImage

The ibtimes.co.uk says the Kate Middleton effect, which previously applied to clothes flying off the shelves after she had worn a particular item, is now spreading into the hospitality sector. The couple undertook their eight-day Canadian tour late last month with their two children, Prince George (3), and Princess Charlotte, (16 months). And as the royal pair travelled across the vast country, certain areas have noticed a marked jump in interest. Vancouver has reported a 50% rise in hotel searches as the Royals headed in the city’s direction. According to Hotels.com, among the top-named hotels it handpicked for those who want to live like a royal for a few days, were the Fairmount Royal York in Toronto and the Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal.

 Prince William and theDuchess of Cambridge visit the Haida Heritage Centre during the Royal Tour of Canada.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge visit the Haida Heritage Centre during the Royal Tour of Canada. Image by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic

Also on their list were the Hotel Port Royal in Quebec and the Royal Scot Hotel Suites in Victoria. There is a three-star hotel, the Coast High Country Inn in Yukon, which is currently available for visits, having just recently hosted the touring party. Mr. Simon Matthews, of the Hotels.com brand said it was hardly a surprise following the visit that more British people were considering Canada as a destination.  He described the huge rise in interest as “impressive”. He also hoped that the Royal couple would encourage more families from the UK to tour Canada, in particular British Columbia.