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“We’re already seeing a surge in demand for journey to Cayo Largo”: Sunwing Q&A

Lastly, the world was all-in on journey once more, and right here was Sunwing Journey Group saying that Blue Diamond Resorts was all-in with Cayo Largo. It was a shot within the arm for journey, and an enormous plan for one among Cuba’s prime locations.

Most of the resorts are being rebuilt or renovated to open as early as subsequent month. The 11 resorts will likely be rebranded as Grand Reminiscences Resorts & Spa, Reminiscences Resorts & Spa, Starfish Resorts and Villa properties. Bookings opened in July for fall and winter 2022/2023 holidays ranging from Nov. 1, 2022 onward.

With that begin date inching ever nearer, we went to Sunwing’s Chief Advertising Officer, Samantha Taylor, to search out out the newest on the Cayo Largo venture, from resort readiness, to response from Sunwing’s journey advisor companions, to the potential for takeovers like this to be expanded to different locations.

Travelweek: What’s Sunwing’s considering behind the Cayo Largo venture?

“We are already seeing a surge in demand for travel to Cayo Largo”: Sunwing Q&A

Samantha Taylor

Taylor: “Cuba has lengthy been a favourite trip vacation spot amongst Canadians and one among our bestsellers 12 months after 12 months, so increasing our presence in Cayo Largo suits inside our long-term technique to offer Canadians with extra trip packages to standard solar locations, together with Cuba, at inexpensive value factors.

“What’s nice about Cayo Largo – and among the many causes we’re thrilled to supply this vacation spot to prospects – is that it presents 25km of pristine seashores in an intimate and enjoyable setting, and it is positioned alongside the southern coast of Cuba, recognized for hotter temperatures year-round, which you will not discover in different elements of the nation. Canadians seeking to escape the lengthy, dreary winter season will benefit from the climate in Cayo Largo any month of the 12 months, even in January and February. Plus, with a global meals import license, Canadians can take pleasure in a few of the comforts of dwelling when eating at any of the resorts on the island. It is usually a sustainable, eco-friendly vacation spot so will attraction to probably the most eco-conscious of travellers.

“It is the amalgamation of all these particulars that make for an unforgettable trip expertise in Cayo Largo and, because the main tour operator in Canada, we’re delighted to supply all inclusive packages to the sunshine coast of Cayo Largo this winter.”

Travelweek: Are you able to present a standing replace on the rebrandings and renovations?

Taylor: “We’re very enthusiastic about that! The rebrandings and renovations are effectively underway, and the groups in vacation spot are exhausting at work getting the properties prepared for the debuts for the autumn and winter. Sunwing prospects can guide their all-inclusive holidays to Cayo Largo for stays at some resorts comparable to Reminiscences Cayo Largo from November onwards.

“We’re presently providing 5 weekly direct flights for the autumn and winter – from Toronto and Montreal on Fridays beginning Nov. 4, from Ottawa and Quebec Metropolis on Saturdays beginning Dec. 17, and from Halifax on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 10.

“We’re already seeing a surge in demand for journey to Cayo Largo for the winter, and we hope so as to add extra flights for the winter to replicate evolving buyer demand. With the large demand for winter journey, we encourage brokers to guide shoppers’ dream getaways to Cayo Largo now so they do not miss out on the tropical expertise of a lifetime this winter.”

Travelweek: Are you able to provide a fast overview of every of the resort manufacturers?

Taylor: “There actually is one thing for everybody in Cayo Largo. There are a selection of family-friendly resorts, together with Reminiscences Cayo Largo, Grand Reminiscences Cayo Largo, Starfish Cayo Largo, Villa Coral, Villa Linda Mar, Villa Marina, Villa Serena and Villa Soledad. In fact, for these on the lookout for a {couples} escape or getaway with pals, the adults solely Sanctuary at Grand Reminiscences Cayo Largo will match the invoice, and adults looking for an au naturel expertise will take pleasure in vacationing at Villa Caprice. Plus, prospects looking for a 2SLGBTQ+ trip expertise will take pleasure in staying on the adults solely, inclusive beachfront resort of Villa Natura.”

Travelweek: Are there any benefits for travellers, for instance, dine round alternatives, keep at one and play at extra, that form of factor?

Taylor: “Sure, prospects will take pleasure in further options which might be obtainable at sure resorts, from dine round packages to remain at one, play at extra choices. Visitors on the adults solely Sanctuary at Grand Reminiscences Cayo Largo could have full entry to amenities, facilities and companies at neighboring Grand Reminiscences Cayo Largo, together with the out of doors pool, health centre, eating places and bars. Visitors at each of these properties might also improve to Diamond Membership for most well-liked room classes, premium facilities and inclusions all through their keep.

“In the meantime, Villa Soledad friends could have entry to the eating places and bars of close by Villa Lindamar and Villa Caprice. Plus, various family-friendly resorts provide particular pricing for youngsters when touring with two or extra adults. What’s extra, all resorts provide direct service from the inns into city the place they’ll soak up native sights and points of interest, together with Paraíso Seaside and Sirena Seaside, the Cayo Largo Exercise Heart and a sea turtle rescue centre, or they’ll hire ATVs to discover on their very own.”

Travelweek: What’s been the response from brokers?

Taylor: “We have had very optimistic suggestions from the agent neighborhood. They know the way standard Cuba is for our mutual prospects, and they’re excited to have the ability to provide this idyllic beachfront location to prospects, which we’re assured will develop into a must-visit vacation spot Canadians will look ahead to returning to repeatedly.”

Travelweek: May there be extra tasks like this for Sunwing in different locations within the years to return?

Taylor: “By no means say by no means! We’re at all times on the lookout for methods to innovate and proceed bringing wonderful trip experiences to our valued prospects at aggressive costs. We’ll remember to share extra updates as new locations and upcoming tasks come to fruition.”


To learn this story within the Oct. 20, 2022 digital version of Travelweek, click on right here.

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