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The Canadian Business Traveller's Survival Guide

Tip 1: Stay packed - If you travel a lot, make sure to always leave your suitcase partially packed when at home to save time and hassle.

Tip 2: Look for perks - When you check in, always ask if there is an upgrade available, if there are extra points for anything or if there are any specials. It's free to ask and worth the effort.

Tip 3: Travel light - Pick clothing that can do double-duty to save space. If you can get away with just a carry on, you can skip the luggage carousel and get in and out of the airport in no time.

Tip 4: Be metal and lace -free - Put metal accessories, like a watch, phone or jewellery, in your bag to save time going through airport security and wear shoes without laces so they're easy to slip on and off. And, don't forget to put your travel sized liquids in a quart-size bag.

Tip 5: Sleep for free - Sign up for Welcome Rewards™, the Hotels.com loyalty program, and you'll earn one free night for every 10 stayed. What's even more appealing is that you're not tied to one chain, so you can book hotels based on convenience and not by name.

While business travel will never be as enjoyable as leisure travel, there are many ways to improve the experience. Besides, think of all the different destinations you may not have visited if it wasn't for your work schedule... and while on your company's dime!

The HPI is a biannual report that looks at hotel prices in cities all around the world. The data is based on bookings made through the Hotels.com website and the prices listed are the actual prices paid by Canadians - not advertised rates. This most recent edition of the report compares the first six months of 2012 with the same period in 2011.

About Hotels.com ®

Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through its global network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travellers with over 160,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading loyalty program Welcome RewardsTM, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comCA, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcomca and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

Hotels.com, Hotel Price Index, HPI, Welcome Rewards and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2012 Hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50

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