Plunging Loonie + Early Booking Incentives Make Now The Time To Book A Winter Escape

TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ - For any Canadian contemplating a vacation escape to someplace hot and sunny this winter, now is the time to book.

As the loonie continues to fall, it's only a matter of time before tour operators adjust their prices in order to mitigate any losses. Couple that with the many great early booking incentives on winter vacation packages available in the market right now, and you've got all the reasons you need to book today.

"We are already seeing tour operators react to the falling loonie by adding currency surcharges," said Dean Moore, CEO of itravel2000. "Fuel and hotel contracts are all negotiated in U.S. dollars but their earnings are in Canadian dollars, so while they do hedge to a certain extent in order to protect themselves against any wild swings in the value of the dollar, depending on the extent of those swings they often have to turn to surcharges, as we are seeing now."

Citing the ability to lock in a price on a winter vacation, while also taking advantage of the great rates and many offers designed to incentivize early bookings, including lower deposit requirements, price drop protection plans and added value inclusions such as free seat selection and free room upgrades, Moore "strongly recommends anyone planning on getting away this coming winter to book early."

"Trading has been very strong for us over the past few months, and the traditional peak travel periods – Christmas, New Year's, Reading Week & March Break – are already in high demand, with some dates and resorts already sold out or very close to it. It is key to book early to not only get the best deal but to also get exactly the vacation you want," concluded Moore.

For more information or to book, please call 1.866.WOW.DEAL or go online to

About itravel2000 – Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, ON, itravel2000 is one of Canada's largest independent travel companies and the nation's trusted source in travel. With a mandate to offer clients best-in-class customer service (either online or through its team of Travel Experts), itravel2000 provides Canadians with exceptional value complemented by the broadest range of travel options, including flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, and its proprietary travel insurance product GoWise. For more information, visit   

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For further information: Kerry Sharpe, Director, Communications, itravel2000, 905-267-4547,


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