More than half of Canadians considering vacation plans within next 12 months

56% of Canadians considering vacation plans within next 12 months

TORONTO — More than half of Canadians say they are considering taking a vacation within the next year, according to a new study commissioned by Sunwing.

With a representative online sample of 1,505 Canadians, in both English and French, the survey was conducted Sept. 28-29, 2020 among members of the Angus Reid Forum.

Asked if they are considering going on vacation within the next year, 56% of respondents said yes. The percentage was even higher among regular vacation-goers, with 71% saying that they are considering a vacation.

And half of respondents who would consider travelling in the next 12 months, said they would be interested in planning an all-inclusive vacation.

Sunwing’s flight service is set to restart on Nov. 6 to Mexico, the D.R., Costa Rica and Jamaica.

“After months of staying at home and putting vacation plans on hold, Canadians are ready to head to the tropics,” says Sunwing Travel Group CEO, Stephen Hunter. “We have spent the last few months reimagining the vacation experience and working hard on perfecting our health and safety protocols throughout the vacation journey and across our Royalton Luxury Resorts properties, which are proudly Canadian owned. These survey results show a growing demand for travel and we’re happy to help Canadians head back to paradise, safely.”

Sunwing can ensure that the highest Canadian health and safety standards in place throughout the entire vacation journey, as the only travel provider that owns the airline that customers fly on, the transfer buses that travel to and from hotels, and over 30 hotels throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.

The company introduced Safe with Sunwing in June, and in September it announced a new partnership with global healthcare leader Medcan, whose experts advise on the Safe with Sunwing program and provide ongoing support for customer and employee health and safety. Safe with Sunwing includes:

  • On-flight HEPA air filters, which remove 99.9% of airborne particles in the cabin;
  • Reduced capacity on transfer vehicles in destination with frequent disinfection;
  • Contactless methods of communication with Sunwing Experiences representatives who are available to assist customers 24/7;
  • A 360˚ Clean Approach at its Royalton Luxury Resorts, where common areas are cleaned hourly; and
  • Certification of all Sunwing Experiences excursions from the World Travel Tourism Council.

Sunwing has also partnered with Manulife to offer the COVID-19 Emergency Medical Certificate of Insurance at no additional cost to customers. It is included in all Sunwing vacation packages (excluding cruises) and air-only bookings with Sunwing Airlines (for a duration of 21 days or less) made between now and Oct. 31, 2020 for departures from Oct. 16, 2020 up to and including May 31, 2021.

“When Canadians vacation with Sunwing, they can rest assured that they are travelling responsibly in this time of uncertainty,” said Dr. Peter Nord, Sunwing Travel Group’s acting Chief Medical Advisor, providing guidance and support on all aspects of the Safe with Sunwing program.

“The Safe with Sunwing commitment promises the highest Canadian standards across the entire vacation experience, from airport check-in, to the flight, transfers, hotel stay and journey home; so they can enjoy a safe and much-needed getaway. This is especially important this year, as many Canadians have felt a toll on their mental health in recent months. A sun getaway offers an opportunity to restore a sense of normalcy,” said Nord.

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