TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 22, 2015) - One of Cuba's most beguiling island destinations will be a little closer to residents of Kitchener and Waterloo this winter with the launch of a new weekly flight service to Cayo Santa Maria. Located off the northern coast of Cuba and situated in the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Santa Maria boasts immaculate white sandy beaches and stunning turquoise waters that are ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, and catamaran excursions. Beginning Thursday December 24, 2015, the new route will be the only direct connection from Kitchener-Waterloo over the winter season 2015/16.

On their way to this popular Cuban destination, passengers will be able to start off their vacation in style with a welcome glass of sparkling wine, complimentary Hot & Fresh Bistro Meals™ served with wine, and in-flight entertainment as part of the airline's award-winning Champagne Service. And unlike many other airlines, Sunwing also includes free checked baggage with a generous 20kg allowance.

Andrew Dawson, Chief Operating Officer of Sunwing Travel Group commented, "We have been working with Kitchener-Waterloo Airport since 2009 and are delighted to be returning for another season this year. Cayo Santa Maria combines some of Cuba's best beaches with an array of excellent accommodation choices including Royalton Cayo Santa Maria -- our exclusive resort that was recently voted the Number 1 All Inclusive Resort in the World by TripAdvisor. We're certain that the new route will prove a popular choice amongst vacationers this coming winter."

"We are thrilled to welcome Sunwing back to Waterloo Region for their seventh season" said Chris Wood, General Manager at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. "Cuba is a destination we know will be popular, and the addition of Sunwing's direct weekly departure to Cayo Santa Maria will provide a great option for guests looking for a winter escape."

Cayo Santa Maria boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Couples and newlyweds alike may opt for the award-winning all inclusive Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, delivers gracious hospitality, thoughtful service and first rate amenities. Part of Sunwing's Adults Collection™, this sophisticated, luxurious oasis was recently voted the number one 'All Inclusive Resort in the World' at the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.

Also offered exclusively by the tour operator, Starfish Cayo Santa Maria is the ideal choice for couples and families alike looking to enjoy a laid back getaway in a beachfront location where they can enjoy friendly service, spacious rooms, restaurants serving international culinary classics and one-of-a-kind entertainment. Part of Sunwing's exclusive Family Collection™, Memories Paraiso Azul Beach Resort provides family-friendly amenities, including supervised kids clubs and a full program of daily activities and nightly entertainment to keep everyone entertained.

A week's stay at Starfish Cayo Santa Maria starts from $775 plus $350 taxes based on two people sharing a Junior Suite on an all inclusive basis and departing from Kitchener-Waterloo on January 07, 2016.

For more information on vacations to Cayo Santa Maria, visit or contact your local travel agent.

About Sunwing Vacations
All Sunwing Vacations packages include award winning Sunwing Airlines' Champagne Service, which features a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro Meals™ served with a choice of wine at lunch and dinner, and complimentary in-flight entertainment, including first run movies and a generous 20 kg free baggage allowance. For just $50 more per flight segment, travellers can upgrade to Sunwing's Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, complimentary headsets, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30 kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling, and extra legroom seats.

About the Region of Waterloo International Airport
The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full-service modern facility which supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. Daily scheduled air service with connections to over 250 destinations in 40 countries is provided by: American Airlines offering twice daily non-stop service to Chicago; WestJet, offering daily non-stop service to Calgary; and Sunwing Airlines offering weekly direct service to a vacation destination from December through mid-March. The Region of Waterloo International Airport is owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario Canada. For more information visit, call, toll free 1-866-648-2256 or contact your travel agent.

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