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    Groundhog Day Getaway!


    Are you afraid that Wiarton Willie may tell us that we’ll have six more weeks of winter? Then enter our Groundhog Day Getaway contest! As the proud sponsor of the Wiarton Willie Festival, we’re giving a lucky family of four a one week all inclusive vacation to the beautiful Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa on Groundhog Day! The winning family can chase the winter blues away with the resort’s enviable beachfront, on-site splash park, kids and teen clubs and over 10 different restaurants. Plus if winter is extended, we’ll also reward all entrants with a $100 travel voucher to ensure that they can escape winter also. 

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.  The contest ends at 12:00 pm EST on February 2, 2017 (“Contest Period”).  There is one vacation for four (consisting of two adults and two children) to be won to the Royalton Riviera Cancun at the Royalton Riviera Cancun.  Approximate retail value of the prize is $4,000 CDN. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. The selected entrant must correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question.  For full contest rules and details go to

    Groundhog Day Contest


    Official Rules and Regulations (“Contest Rules”)




    The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding residents of the Province of Quebec, who, as at the start of the Contest Period, have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence. This Contest is not open to employees, officers, directors, independent contractors, judges, representatives and agents of Sunwing Vacations Inc. (“Sunwing”) and its affiliates, or their respective advertising and promotional agencies, dealers, prize suppliers, as well as those with whom any of the foregoing are domiciled (whether legally related or not).




    The Contest entry period commences at 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, January 21, 2017 and concludes at 12:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 2, 2017.




    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  During the Contest Period, visit, complete an online entry form in full with your full name, email address and province. Your name will be automatically entered into the Contest.  Failure to complete the form may result in disqualification to be determined in Sunwing’s sole discretion.


    Only one (1) entry per person during the Contest Period is permitted. Multiple entries are not permitted and will be discarded. In the event that Sunwing receives more than the permitted number of entries from an entrant during the Contest Period, Sunwing reserves the right to void and destroy any entries from that entrant, and that entrant may, at the sole discretion of Sunwing, be disqualified from the Contest.


    By submitting an entry, entrants agree to be bound by these official Contest Rules, which are subject to change in Sunwing’s sole discretion.


    1. THE PRIZE


    There is one (1) prize (“Prize”) to be won. The Prize consists of an all-inclusive trip which shall include the following:


    • Round trip airfare, based on economy class, for four people consisting of two (2) adults and two (2) children from a Canadian gateway which Sunwing Airlines operates to Cancun, Mexico (“Destination”).
    • Seven (7) nights’ standard accommodation (based on quadruple occupancy, base room category) at the Royalton Riviera Cancun
    • all hotel taxes and processing fees;
    • land airport-hotel transfers in the Destination; and
    • all meals and beverages while at Royalton Riviera Cancun



    The approximate retail value of the Prize is $4000.00 CDN plus applicable taxes, if departing from Toronto, Ontario.  The actual amount may vary according to the location of the airport nearest the Prize winner’s place of residence.




    Travel must be completed by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (the “Travel Period”). Travel is subject to availability and must be requested a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to the requested departure date. Blackout periods apply, including without limitation: Feb 20-24, 2017, Mar 10-18, 2017 and Apr 08-17, 2017. If the Prize winner is unable to travel during the Travel Period, he or she will be required to forfeit the Prize and an alternate winner may be selected in Sunwing’s sole discretion.  Travel arrangements and reservations regarding the flight must be made according to instructions given to the Prize winner. Once reservations are made, they cannot be changed.  All reservations are subject to the terms and conditions set out in Sunwing’s brochure or located on Sunwing’s website located at  Other restrictions may apply, please contact Sunwing for more information.


    The Prize winner and his or her guest must travel together on the same itinerary from the same departure airport as approved by Sunwing.  The Prize winner and his or her guest must be in possession of a valid passport and other necessary travel documents upon selection, which documents must be valid prior to, and for the duration of the trip. Failure to obtain necessary travel documentation will result in forfeiture of the Prize. 


    The Prize winner and his or her guest are solely responsible for all incidental costs and expenses not specifically referred to herein as part of the Prize description, including but not limited to, ground transportation not specifically mentioned above (including transportation to and from the Prize winner’s home), airport improvement fees, travel insurance, medical insurance,  trip cancellation insurance, connector flights, sightseeing tours and other in Destination activities, tips, taxes (including, but not limited to, departure taxes, air seat/airline taxes and applicable federal, provincial, municipal, state and/or local taxes on the Prize), travel-related fees/surcharges, excess baggage fees, costs associated with obtaining travel documents, visas, or necessary vaccinations, or items of a personal nature, additional meals, room upgrade, gratuities, and in-room movies, (collectively, the “Expenses”).  The Prize winner and his or her guest shall not seek reimbursement for the Expenses from Sunwing.


    Any lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates will not be replaced. All airline tickets are subject to flight variation, work stoppages, and schedule or route changes. Sunwing reserves the right to structure travel routes and select hotels in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight except at the sole discretion of Sunwing.


    If the Prize, or any portion thereof, is unused, it cannot be carried forward and will be forfeited. 


    Elements of the Prize (including, without limitation, airfare and lodging) may not be used towards frequent flyer miles or other loyalty programs.


    The Prize winner and his or her guest must comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to, all local laws while in Destination.






    The Prize, and any portion thereof, is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, non-refundable, has no cash surrender value and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions, except as may be decided by Sunwing in its sole discretion. Sunwing reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute and/or modify the Prize or any portion thereof, with a Prize of equal or greater value for any reason.




    On Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST(“Winner Selection Date”) at the offices of Sunwing located at 27 Fasken Drive, Toronto, Ontario, one (1) eligible entrant will be randomly selected as the potential winner of the Prize and Sunwing will make an announcement on on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 12:00 p.m. EST.  Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.


    The selected entrant will be contacted by a representative of Sunwing within twenty-four (24) hours of the Winner Selection Date by telephone and/or email (the method selected in Sunwing’s sole discretion), as provided by the entrant in his or her Contest entry form. Sunwing is not responsible for false, incorrect, changed, incomplete or illegible contact information. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an email or placing a phone call.


    If the selected entrant is unable to be contacted (including failing to return phone calls or emails) within two (2) days of the Winner Selection Date, declines to accept the Prize or is found to be ineligible, his or her rights to the Prize shall be forfeited and another eligible entrant may be selected in Sunwing’s sole discretion.


    In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the email address at the time of entry. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the email address in question.




    Before being awarded the Prize:


    1. the selected entrant must correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited skill-testing mathematical question during a prearranged telephone call; and
    2. the selected entrant and his or her guest must each sign and return to Sunwing a standard form Declaration and Release (the “Release Form”) confirming compliance with the Contest Rules, acceptance of the Prize as awarded and releasing Sunwing, its affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from all liability arising in connection with the Contest and the Prize.  The Release Form will be emailed to the selected entrant at the email address provided on his or her Contest entry form.  The selected entrant is responsible for obtaining and returning signed copies of the Release Form from his or her guest.  In the event the selected entrant’s guest is a minor, the parent or legal guardian of the minor must sign the Release Form on behalf of the minor.  If the selected entrant is not the parent or legal guardian of the minor, the parent or legal guardian of the minor must consent to the designated accompanying adult in taking part in the Prize.


    In the event that the selected entrant fails to answer the mathematical question correctly, does not return the signed Release Form as instructed by Sunwing and within two (2) days of receipt of such Release Form, or otherwise does not meet all Contest Rules, the selected entrant will be disqualified and the Prize will be forfeited.  Sunwing will then award the Prize (subject to these Contest Rules) to another selected entrant drawn from the remaining entries, at its sole discretion.




    All entries shall become the property of Sunwing. By entering the Contest, each entrant, regardless of whether or not he or she is selected as the Prize winner, grants to Sunwing and its advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective affiliates and subsidiaries, the right to display, disclose, produce, reproduce, publish and/or republish, broadcast, communicate, exhibit, distribute, adapt, alter, use and/or reuse and otherwise exploit the entrant’s entry and any other information and material provided by entrant at any time (including, but not limited to, the entrant’s name, city of residence and province, voice, likeness, photograph and likeness of entrant, image or any other aspect of entrant’s personality, photographs, images, video, biography, statements, story and endorsements), in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other items for advertising and/or publicity purposes, throughout the world, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised (including, but not limited to, print, video, television, website/internet and broadcast), in perpetuity, and without any obligation, notice, payment or compensation.  The entrant hereby waives any right to inspect or approve any advertising copy or other material which may be used in conjunction with the entry and any moral rights entrant may have in or in respect thereof.    




    By entering the Contest, the entrant consents to the collection, use and disclosure of his or her personal information by Sunwing for the purpose of administering the Contest, awarding the Prize and announcing the Prize winner, as applicable, and any subsequent advertising or promotion related thereto. The entrant further consents to receive electronic messages from Sunwing regarding its products, services, special events, surveys, contests, offers, promotions or any other marketing material.  The entrant may unsubscribe or withdraw consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of Sunwing’s email communications. Personal Information collected in connection with this Contest will be used by Sunwing in accordance with Sunwing’s privacy policy available at




     If entrant submits any photos, videos, written materials and any other materials with his or her entry, by submitting an entry, entrant represents and warrants that his or her entry:

    (a)    is his or her own original work;

    (b)   does not contain material or images that is obscene, inappropriate, offensive, or defamatory;

    (c)    does not violate or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other rights of any person or entity;

    (d)   does not contain malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;

    (e)    does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation; and

    (f)    does not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third party.


    Entrant further represents and warrants that the rights that entrant is granting under these Contest Rules do not conflict in any way with any other agreement to which he or she is a party, or with any commitments, restrictions, or obligations that he or she is under to any other person or entity.


    If entrant’s entry contains an image or representation of an identifiable feature of a person other than himself/herself (for example, if enough of someone else’s face were shown so that that person could be identified), then entrant represents and warrants that he or she obtained the express approval of that person before submitting the entry, and that entrant can provide a copy of that consent to Sunwing upon request.




    The Prize winner accepts the Prize “as is”.  Sunwing does not make any representations nor offers any warranty, express or implied, as to the quality or fitness of the Prize awarded in connection with the Contest. The Prize winner understands and acknowledges that he or she may not seek reimbursement or pursue any legal or equitable remedy from Sunwing should the Prize fail to be fit for its purpose or is in any way unsatisfactory to the Prize winner.




    Subject to applicable law, Sunwing reserves the right to cancel, suspend, terminate and/or modify the Contest Rules or administration of the Contest, in whole or in part, without prior notice with no obligation or liability, including, if for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, whether due to technical failure, tampering, fraud, corruption of security or other causes beyond the control of Sunwing.


    Sunwing further reserves the right to disqualify, from this Contest and future contests of Sunwing, any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry process. Sunwing may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest, future contests of Sunwing and/or winning a prize if, in Sunwing’s sole discretion, Sunwing determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or any unlawful or unfair playing practices relating to the Contest (including but not limited to the use of automated quick entry programs), prize, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sunwing representatives.


    Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sunwing reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including lawyers’ fees) from any such entrant or any other individual to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.







    By participating in the Contest, the entrant agrees that Sunwing shall have no liability and agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Sunwing and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, dealers, prize suppliers and each of their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions, demands, suits, proceedings, costs, expenses, including without limitation any legal fees and any liability of any kind resulting from or arising directly or indirectly out of: (a) the entrant’s participation in the Contest or inability to participate in the Contest; (b) the acceptance, possession, use, enjoyment or misuse of the Prize; (c) with respect to the entry and any other information and/or material submitted by the entrant including, but not limited to, all actions of passing off, misappropriation of personality, breach of privacy, infringement of any patent, copyright, trademark or any other proprietary right; or (d) any breach of the entrant’s representations and warranties above.


    Sunwing will not be responsible for lost, stolen, illegible, incomplete, inaccurate or destroyed entries, and all such entries are void. Sunwing assumes no responsibility for incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, printing errors, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or failures of any telephone or computer lines or networks, emails, computer equipment, servers, software, access providers, or any combination thereof.






    These Contest Rules are available online at the Website or entrant may request a copy of the Contest Rules by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Groundhog Day Getaway c/o Sunwing Vacations Inc., 27 Fasken Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1K7.




    This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, territorial and municipal laws and regulations.  This Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The entrant hereby irrevocably attorns to the jurisdiction of the Courts of the Province of Ontario.


    In the event that any provision of the Contest Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sunwing’s failure to enforce any term of these Contest Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Contest Rules. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest related materials, privacy policy or terms of use on the Website and/or the terms and conditions of the Contest Rules, the Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Sunwing’s sole and absolute discretion.