Sunquest’s new package concept is off to a strong start, with the operator reporting that bookings to-date are already trending 30% higher versus the same time last year. Craig Kijek, senior executive vice-president of Thomas Cook North America, observed: “The brand is doing really well and we are very pleased with the response since launching this new concept a couple of months ago.” Kijek noted that: “We’ve received a lot of interest and support from the travel agent community, for which we are very grateful. More and more travel agents are seeing the benefits of our duration flexibility, increased breadth of product and fantastic prices, especially for winter departures.” Currently Sunquest is offering free Plaza Premium Lounge access to all of its customers departing out of Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto — a promotion that is valid on all new package bookings made between July 11 and Aug. 31, 2013, for departures during the same period — and more exciting incentives are already in the works and will be launched in the days and weeks to come. This includes last-minute deals on long weekend escapes this upcoming Civic Holiday weekend, a huge choice of non-traditional durations during the peak holiday travel period in December and January, and a “3 nights free” campaign that will be unique to Sunquest when launched in the very near future — so stay tuned for more details. Go to for more.