New Sunwing survey reveals top preferences for all-inclusive holidays

New Sunwing survey reveals top preferences for all-inclusive holidays

TORONTO — A new survey by Sunwing has found that of the 53% of Canadians who intend to travel internationally in the next year, just over half (51%) will mostly likely book an all-inclusive vacation.

The survey, available in both English and French and taken by members of the Angus Reid Forum between Nov. 17-21, 2022 with a nationally representative sample of 1,515 Canadians, also revealed that the destination or country is the single-most important consideration for 46% of those intending to travel internationally. This is followed by resort amenities (20%) as a top consideration when booking, such as restaurants, pools, gyms and spas.

When it comes to Canadians’ destination preferences for an all-inclusive vacation, over one-third (36%) of respondents prefer a location with a beach, such as Punta Cana, Varadero and Negril. This was followed by a destination with culture and history (31%), such as Havana and Riviera Maya, and adventure and exploration (23%), such as Costa Rica and Panama.

“Our research shows us that Canadians are eager to travel internationally in the next year, with 43% of likely travellers looking to escape the cold at home over the winter months,” said Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer for Sunwing Travel Group. “For those considering an all-inclusive vacation, a prime beachfront location is top of mind for the ultimate sun and sand getaway, while Canadians also crave opportunities to do more in paradise, from soaking up the local culture to exploring at the resort and beyond.”

Taylor added: “With more than 30 destinations and over 700 resorts offered by Sunwing – the largest assortment of any tour operator in Canada – set on some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, coupled with plenty of opportunities for relaxation and exploration, our customers can do and experience more in paradise with Sunwing this winter season.”

Additional survey highlights include:

  • Among those who are open to an all-inclusive vacation in the next year, seven-in-ten (71%) are most likely to travel with a partner or significant other, while three-in-ten (30%) are most likely to travel with friends, followed by one-quarter (24%) who are most likely to travel with children
  • 62% of Canadians aged 18-34 are likely to travel internationally in the upcoming year, along with 70% of high-income households ($100k+ in annual household income)
  • Respondents in Quebec (60%) are most likely to book an all-inclusive vacation in the next year
  • When choosing an all-inclusive vacation provider, over half of respondents (55%) say the primary thing they consider is the overall price of the vacation package

Sunwing offers a wide array of all-inclusive options for all types of preferences. Those in search of the best beaches in the Caribbean can opt for Varadero Beach in Varadero, the white-sand shores of Cayo Largo, Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana or Seven Mile Beach in Negril.

Those looking for a romantic getaway for two can head to the adults-only Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa, set on the famous shores of Varadero Beach, where they can soak up the sun on a Bali bed by the beach, swim in the freshwater pool with a waterfall and swim-up bar, and dine on a variety of cuisines at the on-site restaurants. Another great adults-only option is Sanctuary at Grand Memories Cayo Largo, located on a pristine stretch of sand in Cayo Largo on the southern coast of Cuba. The beachfront resort offers a laidback atmosphere, relaxing pool area with Jacuzzis and loungers, plus the resort is set within the wider Grand Memories Cayo Largo property so guests will also have access to all of its amenities and facilities.

For a getaway the whole family will love, customers can head to the newly renovated Grand Bavaro Princess in Punta Cana. A top-rated family resort, it offers plenty of activities and amenities, from pirate-themed splash pad and a kids club for the little ones to an on-site spa offering relaxing treatments, plus a variety of water sports on Bavaro Beach and other activities like yoga classes for the fitness-minded.

For a fun escape that’s perfect for friend groups and families alike, Riu Negril will fit the bill. The modern beachfront resort is the perfect place to try out water sports like snorkelling and kayaking, while guests can also lounge by the sprawling pool complex, and enjoy a wide variety of dining options including international flavours and Jamaican cuisine.

Plus, during the tour operator’s 12 Days of Getaways event, on now until December 16, 2022, customers can take advantage of incredible holiday deals and savings on their next tropical getaway, and enter for their chance to win highly sought-after getaways and prizes. Limited-time deals include savings of up to 40% off Cuba getaways, up to 25% off adults only escapesBOGO deals on flights to every Sunwing destination and more. Plus, customers who book a vacation package during the 12 Days of Getaways event will be entered to win one of 17 giveaways, from $250 pre-paid gift cards from Sunwing and Walmart to the coveted grand prize of two complimentary all-inclusive vacations for two at Royalton Cayo Santa Maria or the brand-new Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun. Savings during the 12 Days of Getaways apply to bookings made on applicable packages by Dec. 16, 2022, for travel by April 30, 2023.