TORONTO — Club Med is in a celebratory mood. The company marked its 65th anniversary last night with about 30 travel agents at Toronto’s Old Mill by announcing impressive visitor increases and launching its 2016 Trident brochure, called Press Pause.
It lists 65 all-inclusive resorts worldwide including 20 ski destinations in the Alps. Agents also watched a seven-minute video retracing the company’s history – which has been a story of expansion, developments and upscale re-positioning.
Club Med’s Carolyne Doyon congratulated the assembled travel agents for helping make 2015 a successful year. “In Canada we experienced a 12% increase in individual activity over the winter season and a 5%
increase during the summer and it’s thanks to you.”
Ontario was particularly impressive with 14% growth for the current winter compared to last year. The company also saw a 17% growth in group travel and a 33% increase in ski vacations at the 20 resorts offering all-inclusive packages in the Alps.
In the spotlight this year is the resort in Punta Cana (Dominican
Republic) which this summer opened the Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. The playscape dedicated to circus with more than 20 acrobatic and artistic activities, has recorded a 64% growth for next winter.
And opening in December, is the Zen Oasis, a peaceful environment designed for adults, featuring 78 new deluxe guest rooms with spa-like bathrooms – rainfall showers, large soaking tubs, chromatherapy lighting and L’Occitane products, plus yoga mats and outdoor daybeds on private terraces or gardens.
Among the perks of the exclusive retreat – in-water lounge chairs, a lap pool, a secluded and quiet beach, a palapa for yoga lessons and a wellness bar with smoothies, teas, light bites and “delectable cocktails”.
In other news, last year’s renovation of Club Med Cancun Yucatan, with 60 new oceanfront family rooms, helped drive a sales increase of 44%, while the latest addition to Club Med’s ski resort collection, Val Thorens Sensations in France had a successful first season last winter.