ACV Adds 31 Sun Resorts, Including Memories & Starfish Properties

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Air Canada Vacations says it is responding to “record demand” by adding 31 new properties to its Winter 2015/2016 product line-up, including several properties from Blue Diamond Hotels, a company owned by ACV rival Sunwing Travel Group.

“Working with Blue Diamond is no different than when we work with other tour operators who have an interest in a hotel group,” ACV V.P. Product Dina Bertolo told Open Jaw. “It’s a great partnership.”

Bertolo says ACV is expanding quickly and its hotel needs are growing. “Since Memories has also been growing it makes sense to work together in some areas,” Bartolo says.

“The Blue Diamond management team in Cuba is extremely professional and runs a very large, well run, organization. We see that passengers are happy with the product. Memories also offers great value. With the extreme pressure on the dollar we are all experiencing, it’s a great addition to the ACV portfolio.”

ACV President & COO Eamonn Ferrin says the move gives its customers more options. “The additional properties will offer incredible value with built-in features such as complimentary stays for the 8th and 11th passengers within a group; 20% off spa services for each group member and private group check-in, all at no extra cost.” 

In Cuba, the tour operator is now offering 6 Memories Resorts & Spa properties along with Blue Diamond-operated Starfish Resorts including Grand Memories Varadero, Memories Holguin; Memories Flamenco Beach Resort in Cayo Coco, Starfish Matanzas Cayo Santa Maria and Memories Paraiso Beach in Cayo Santa Maria.

ACV has also added 8 Oasis properties in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area, including the 5 star Pyramid at Grand Oasis, the adults-only Grand Oasis Sens, Grand Oasis Cancun, Grand Oasis Palm, Oasis Palm, Grand Oasis Tulum, OH! By Oasis and Oasis Smart. 

Other properties added to the ACV lineup include the Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Puerto Plata, Viva Wyndham V in Samana, 3 AlSol properties in the D.R., the Luxury Bahia Principe Samana Don Pablo Collection in Samana, 3 Sandos properties in Mexico, Melia Bracovillage in Jamaica and other resorts in Aruba, Costa Rica, Cuba and Mexico.

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