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I need a Canadian sponsor -

Travel & news discussion about Cuba

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I need a Canadian sponsor -

Postby Anthony » Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:38 pm

I know a lot of our users on the Cuba forum are from Cananda. Sadly I must admit that I have never visited your country, although I had a room mate once from Calgary (and there are a lot of Canadians who admire, like Mike Myers and the McKenzie brothers :). Who would all you fine Canadians suggest to me as the perfect sponsor for this forum and for our Cuba pages? A "sell-off" travel company, or some other Cananda based entity? I would value what you tell me here as I really don't know much about the market for travel in Canada.
Thanks,
Anthony

(PS - Gordon, please don't suggest a canned salmon company)
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Postby YVR » Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:28 pm

Anthony,

You might want to try a few of these on-line travel agencies. A couple of them already sponsor some other Cuba travel forums. No idea how deep their sponsorship pockets might be. Worse they can say is no.


www.escapes.ca
www.selloffvacations.com
www.itravel2000.com
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Postby Anthony » Mon Nov 07, 2005 5:26 pm

Thanks for those suggestions - who in your opinion is the best one of that group? By best I mean one that people use and trust - or are they all selling the same thing?
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Postby YVR » Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:37 pm

Well Anthony, all three of my suggestions sell pretty much the same thing. I've personally used the first two:- escapes & selloffvacations- with good success. All three offer vacation packages from all Canadian departure cities which is an important consideration.

I was hoping that by now, you would have gotten more suggestions though, since the majority of the already registered posters live in central Canada, which has the largest population base and the best selection of vacation packages with the most flights per week to Cuba. Toronto also has the largest number of english service on-line agencies although many provide service in french as well.

Now that we have the mandatory registration we were begging for, and you ask for our help, the silence is a bit odd. I hope more suggestions will be offered soon.
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Postby Beattle » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:02 pm

I only used www.sunholidays.ca before I started dealing directly from Pearson for my trips.

sunholidays.ca is now apparently apart of Selloffvacations so not much more I can add to this.

I have also dealt with www.solysonvacations.com but only for air only.

I'm sure someone will chip in. :)

Jay
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Postby Tuss » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:19 pm

I agree with the above suggestions. I have always booked my trips with Sunholidays.ca which has just been taken over by selloffvacations.ca. Another suggestion might be to approach the tour operators that sell the packages. The ones i can think off right of the top of my head are:

Air Canada Vacations
Conquest vacations
Signature holidays
Air Transat

You could also approach airlines that fly directly to cuba (the non-charter ones). This would include:

Air Canada
Cubana

good luck!!
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Postby Beattle » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:40 pm

Ooops, Also forgot

www.sunwing.ca

Another great operator.

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Postby flopnfly » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:42 pm

These are a few of the online travel sites I monitor and use. Red Tag Vacations has been coming up with the cheapest sell off prices lately.

In the Toronto area we have a flight center on every corner, and in every mall. I've used them for my last two vacations.

http://www.flightcentre.ca Flight Center

http://www.belairtravel.com/packages.asp Belair Travel

http://www.selloffvacations.com/home.htm Selloff Vacations

http://www.itravel2000.com/ itravel2000

http://www.yourtraveltickets.com// Your travel tickets

http://www.wholesaletravel.com/packages.asp Wholesale Travel

http://www.redtagvacations.com/ Redtag Vacations

http://www.holidaymarkettravel.com/ Holiday Market Travel

http://www.thetravelhotline.com/packages.asp The Travel Hotline for Avion Travel

Hope this helps
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Postby Iriemon » Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:27 am

I'm somewhat alarmed that you ask about finding out whom you ought to approach for this. You really don't know?

Who helped your last site?

Who helped your competitors' sites?

Best of luck, and I wish you long life.

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Postby Anthony » Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:48 am

I don't know why you would be alarmed. In case you didn't know, the government of the U.S. doesn't let it's citizens travel there (for the most part) or do business there (not that I agree with that policy - but that is a different issue). Most of the users of this forum are from Canada. They are they ones who travel there, and they are the ones that know who to use or not. I have never been to Cuba. It always puzzles me to see people's perceptions as to what I am supposed to know or not, simply because we provide this forum. I am a person who was interested in the Internet, and started this site in 1995. I have learned a lot about the travel industry, and about the islands I have visited over the last 11 years. I don't know a lot about traveling to Cuba - people here do. What is wrong or alarming about me asking for advice? I would like a sponsor that would at least offer something relevant to the people that come to this forum. My concept of the Internet has always been that it is a place where people can share information, that is why we started these forums. I don't know what else to tell you - other than not to be alarmed.
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Postby will » Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:48 am

Anthony, there is also www.gotraveldirect.com that you can try, they do alot of advertising here in Ottawa
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Postby Iriemon » Tue Nov 08, 2005 7:48 pm

"What is wrong or alarming about me asking for advice?"

Nothing at all wrong with asking for advice, nor did I imply that there was.

I said that I was alarmed that you really didn't know where to turn for the info. It's really not a big deal.

I still wish this site all the best, and I look forward to it's growth.

Irie
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Postby Anthony » Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:56 am

Okay Iriemon - maybe I misunderstood your original comment. Thanks for your kind wishes - I appreciate it.
Anthony
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Re: I need a Canadian sponsor -

Postby selectivedi » Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:41 pm

holidaymarkettravel.com is the site i've used and had alot of good luck with them. who knows, they may help....Diane
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you have a good start

Postby jenniferjenniferjen » Thu Nov 17, 2005 7:22 pm

Selloffvacations.com
tripcentral.ca

they are both pretty reliable. I work in the travel industry and I still book with selloffvacations.com
When we are going on holidays I usually have 2 windows open selloff and caribbean online, so a sponsor and a link would be great. You should also try to get some of the airport hotels to sponsor you, at least the chains. We always drive to fly out of Toronot, and I am sure many pax do the same thing fly/drive
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