Canadian tour operators add more direct flights, resorts in St. Maarten

Canadian tour operators add more direct flights, resorts in St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Canadian travellers have more flights and resorts to choose from this winter season on the island of St. Maarten.

Following are new offerings from various Canada-based suppliers:

Sunwing has added a new weekly flight from Ottawa. The new flight is in addition to Sunwing’s two weekly flights departing from both Montreal and Toronto on Thursdays and Sundays. Sunwing’s fall/winter 2014/15 program now includes the new Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, which is a five-star, all-inclusive and adults-only resort which opens on Nov. 27, 2014.

WestJet Vacations is the first tour operator in Canada to offer Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, an all-suite property with 342 rooms/83 villas, six pools and seven on-site bars/restaurants. WestJet has added the Westin St. Maarten and Sonesta Ocean Point Resort to its St. Maarten program. WestJet has three weekly flights from Toronto, and one weekly flight from Montreal.

Air Canada Vacations has added a second weekly flight from Toronto. The AC rouge flights depart on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Air Canada has also added the new Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Oyster Bay Beach Resort to its fall/winter 2014/15 program. Oyster Bay Beach Resort is an all-suite resort located in Oyster Pond, on the north end of Dawn Beach.

Transat Holidays has added a weekly flight from Toronto, departing on Saturdays. The Transat Holidays’ fall/winter 2014/15 program now includes the Westin St. Maarten and Sonesta Ocean Point Resort.

“We are very excited about the additional flights and resort programs available to Canadians this season. St. Maarten is a diverse destination with many different types of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, villas, suites, yachts and all-inclusive resorts. This season’s tour operator programs reflect more of that diversity,” said Catherine Pentiricci, representative for the St. Maarten Tourist Office in Canada.

“Tourists coming from Canada to St. Maarten are an important part of our tourism product,” said Marla Chemont, Interim Director of Marketing for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. “We are pleased that these Canadian tour operators are providing additional options making it easier for travellers to enjoy the island and all it has to offer.”

Travel agents looking for more information can contact the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Canada office by e-mail: stmaarten@jauntmarketing.com.

For more information on St. Maarten, the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, is available in both English and French at VacationStMaarten.com.