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Sunwing shares in Cuba’s record-setting arrivals celebration

TORONTO — Cuba’s three millionth visitor in 2014 arrived on a Sunwing flight and the company says it is proud to share in the country’s record-setting success.

Sunwing passengers arriving at Cayo Coco International Airport on Dec. 30, 2014 from Ottawa and Toronto were treated to a display of traditional dancing and presented with island flowers, as one lucky passenger from Toronto was recognized as being Cuba’s 3 millionth visitor.

The Sunwing Travel Group observed a number of significant milestones of its own in Cuba in 2014. The travel group’s hotel management company, Blue Diamond Resorts, expanded its operations to become the country’s second largest hotel chain by the close of the year.

Key additions within the collection included the creation a new brand, Starfish Resorts, aimed at more budget-conscious, fun loving travellers together with the introduction of the group’s first city hotel, the Memories Miramar Havana.

Sunwing Airlines also expanded its programs to include more destinations from a greater number of Canadian gateways than ever before.

“As Sunwing is Canada’s largest tour operator to Cuba, I was glad to inform them that it was a Sunwing Airlines flight that carried the three millionth passenger on Dec. 30, 2014 into Jardines del Rey International Airport in Cayo Coco,” said Eloy Govea, Director of Canada for the Cuba Tourist Board. “We are delighted to have been able to share this important milestone with them.”

Andrew Dawson, Chief Operating Officer for the Sunwing Travel Group, said Sunwing is “proud to offer Canadians over 130 flights a week across our gateways from coast to coast to this varied destination. It’s no surprise that we have seen continued growth for several years and early indications are that this trend will continue in 2015.”