The airlines are increasing the tempting offers for Quebeckers to go to the South despite the calls for caution from the Legault and Trudeau governments.
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Airlines that offer all-inclusive packages for the South do not hesitate to drastically lower their prices, while François Legault yesterday asked the federal government that non-essential trips be canceled.
For example, an online tour operator offers discounts of up to 70% for a stay at a luxury hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, at the end of January.
At another site, a family of four can go to sunny Cuba for less than $ 3,000 during spring break.
But despite these offers, Quebeckers seem less fond of trips to the South, even for spring break.
“We enjoyed a brief breeze of freshness at the end of December with several trips during the holidays, but with everything we’ve heard since, with statistics and mandatory COVID tests, I can assure you that the demand completely falls, assures Johanne Larivière, a travel consultant from Outremont, in Montreal. Believe me, no one is rushing on spring break trips anymore. ”
Sales in free fall
Same observation of André Desmarais, a truck driver in the industry and former president of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Association of Travel Agencies.
“People usually book their holiday and spring break trips for August. However, they have not done so this year. We are currently running at 10% of usual sales. ”
The traditional school break week for elementary and secondary students has become for many Quebecers the opportunity for annual vacation in the South.
Tourisme Québec does not keep precise statistics on this subject. But according to one of its polls, 18% of Quebecers questioned in 2019 were planning a trip “to the sun” during spring break.
It quickly cancels
For its part, Montreal Airport claims to have witnessed the departure of some 221,455 passengers to foreign destinations (except the United States) in March 2020. Of these, many were going on trips.
Things have changed a lot since then, says Ms. Larivière.
“People are a lot more careful and less casual,” she explains. This means that even after having booked, many choose to cancel or postpone their trip, taking advantage of the new flexibilities offered by wholesalers. ”
Spring break deals *
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sunwing, (February 26 to March 5)
- Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa Hotel (★★★★★) from $ 4,060 for two adults and two children **
Riviera Maya, Mexico, WestJet, (February 27 to March 6)
- BlueBay Grand Esmeralda (★★★★) from $ 1079 for an adult.
Cayo Coco, Cuba, Air Canada, (March 1 to March 8)
- Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo (★★★★) from $ 3,576 for two adults and two children **
Holguin, Cuba, Air Transat, (February 28 to March 7)
- Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel (★★★) from $ 2,976 for 2 adults and 2 children **
Deals before spring break *
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sunwing, (January 29 to February 5)
- Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa Hotel (★★★★★) from $ 1644 for two adults
Cancún, Mexico, Sunwing, (February 6 to February 13)
- Hotel Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort and Spa (★★★★★) from $ 1065 for an adult
Cayo Coco, Cuba (February 14 to 21)
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel, Air Canada, (★★★ 1⁄2) from $ 779 for 1 adult
Cayo Coco, Cuba, Air Canada, (February 7-14)
- Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo (★★★★) from $ 1198 for 2 adults