Expedia.ca returns as a proud sponsor of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Expedia.ca teams up with TSN to create Hockey Hotel™ in Cancun Mexico, the ultimate destination for fans to celebrate their passion for Canada's favourite holiday hockey tradition, beach side

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Expedia.ca, Canada's most-visited full-service online travel provider, is pleased to announce that it will be returning as a sponsor of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship for the second year in a row. As part of the brand's sponsorship of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Expedia.ca has launched its Take the Passion with You campaign and will be transforming the Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group resort in Cancun, Mexico into the Expedia.ca Hockey Hotel™ – a haven for hockey fans to cheer on their team from December 26, 2015 to January 5, 2016 in the sun.

New this year, Expedia.ca has partnered with TSN to create exclusive content from the Hockey Hotel™ that will be broadcast during the network's coverage of the World Juniors. During the tournament, TSN host Cabral 'Cabbie' Richards and TSN's Kate Pettersen will be reporting remotely from the Expedia.ca Hockey Hotel™ in Cancun, Mexico. As the world's best hockey nations battle for glory in Finland, Cabbie and Kate will capture the energy and reaction from Canadians celebrating the games at the beach side hockey haven. The unique content will be broadcast during every Canada game and medal round game, for a total of seven segments.

As part of the Expedia.ca-TSN partnership, Canadian fans will be able to follow the tournament with TSN's live broadcast coverage of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship available at the Hockey Hotel™ at Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group in Cancun, Mexico.

"With Take the Passion with You, we wanted to again speak to the pride we all share for being hockey fans and cheering on our team at the World Juniors. Expedia.ca knows that Canadians fly south to escape winter and we wanted to help them enjoy the tournament, even if they find themselves away from home," said Christopher Day, ‎Senior Director of Marketing at Expedia Canada Corp. "The Expedia.ca Hockey Hotel™ is our manifestation of that experience – we've created the ultimate hockey destination in Cancun where Canadians can come together to celebrate their passion for Canada's favourite holiday hockey tradition, only this time beach side."

Home of the Hockey Hotel™ and hotel partner of Expedia.ca, Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group is a five-star paradise oasis in Cancun, Mexico that boasts a private white sand beach, over 10 pools, 11 restaurants, as well as 17 bars and lounges. During the Hockey Hotel™ activation the property will be welcoming Canadians with open arms as it transforms to feature big screen TVs playing the games, prize giveaways, parties and events and hockey swag for fans.

"We are extremely excited to partner with Expedia.ca to transform the Finest Playa Mujeres into a hockey haven," said David Torres, Director of Sales at the Finest Playa Mujeres.  "We have watched as Canadians migrate to the beaches of Cancun during the holiday season for years and we look forward to celebrating the World Juniors tournament with our guests this year at our property."

Hockey fans will have the opportunity to take their passion to the beach in a number of ways. Leading up to the tournament, from December 1 – 16, Expedia.ca is offering Canadians a chance to win one of 10 all-inclusive trips for two to the Hockey Hotel™ from December 27January 6. Then, from December 17- 31, Canadians can enter for a chance to one grand prize trip for two to the Hockey Hotel™ from January 4 – 11 to watch the gold medal game. Moreover, Expedia.ca is offering great deals on beach side destinations all winter long at expedia.ca/perfectbeach. For a chance to win a trip to The Hockey Hotel™, Canadians can enter at www.expedia.ca/hockeyhotel.

Visit Expedia.ca/HockeyHotel for more information about the promotion and to find the best holiday beach deals. #HockeyHotel

About Expedia Canada
Expedia.ca is the nation's most-visited full-service online travel provider. To help Canadians plan and purchase travel, Expedia.ca offers the best combination of scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation packages, destination activities, cruises, and travel insurance. Expedia customers are supported by customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a toll-free number and email response. Follow Expedia.ca on FacebookTwitterGoogle + and download the free Expedia Mobile App.

Expedia.ca is owned and operated by Expedia, Inc. Expedia, Expedia.ca, the Airplane logo and Hockey Hotel are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2015 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-5030

About Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts
Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is a familyowned and operated resort group, specializing in hotel management and worldwide real estate development, with a primary presence in the Caribbean. A joint investment between Medieval Times and ETI (Explotacions Turistiques de les Illes), the group owns and manages fivestar, award winning resort properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico under three brands which encompass the concept of ultimate allinclusive luxury: AdultsOnly Excellence

Resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana; Boutique AllInclusive at Beloved Hotels; and Modern AllInclusive Luxury for all ages at Finest Resorts. In 2014, Excellence Group properties won the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award, the Travel & Leisure World's Best Award and Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Award to name a few.

For more information on The Excellence Group and its brands of resort properties, go to http://www.excellenceresorts.com/

SOURCE Expedia.ca

For further information: Rebecca Feigelsohn/ Charlene Magnaye, Veritas Communications, (416) 725-5039/416-955-4573, feigelsohn@veritasinc.com/Magnaye@veritasinc.com

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