TORONTO — In its 35-year history, Air Canada Vacations has never had a year like 2016. The tour operator has accomplished the most growth this year than ever before, with new routes, increased frequencies and capacity and more exclusive properties driving its expansion.
Maintaining this momentum, ACV will launch a new route from Montreal to Puerto Vallarta this November, which will operate three times a week until April 2017. This December, new routes between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, as well as Montreal and San Jose, Costa Rica will launch, both as 2x weekly service. All three routes will be operated by Air Canada Rouge.
New seasonal service between Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico will also launch in December operating once a week onboard Air Canada mainline.
Additional frequencies have been added between Montreal-Cancun and Turks & Caicos; Toronto-Cayo Coco, Varadero, Curacao, Puerto Plata, Samana, Huatulco, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos; and Vancouver-Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. Service between Toronto-Punta Cana, and Vancouver-Cancun, Ixtapa, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta will see increased capacity due to a change in aircraft. These routes will now be operated by Air Canada Rouge Boeing B763, which features 282 seats including 24 in Premium Rouge.
To bring travel agents’ clients more options, Air Canada Vacations is also introducing exclusive properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean including the Azura Beach Resort Samara in Liberia, Costa Rica (sister property of Hotel Villas Playa Samara, which is semi-exclusive); La Isla Huatulco & Beach Club and Isla Natura Beach in Huatulco, Mexico; Papillon by rex resorts in Saint Lucia; Kunuku Aqua Resort in Curacao; Starfish Tropical in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba and Be Live Experience Las Morlas in Varadero, Cuba. All properties are ideal for family getaways and group vacations.
As an incentive for travel agents, those who book Sun groups until Oct. 31 will receive four flight passes and two free seat upgrades. The reward depends on the number of passengers booked. Full details can be found on Air Canada Vacations’ website.
Also until Oct. 31, 2016, agents who book ACV’s all-in-one cruise packages online will receive 12% commission. The tour operator’s newly launched cruise packages include air, cruise, roundtrip transfers and all taxes and added values in one seamless package.