Sandals honours top agents at 16th STAR Awards

Friday, February 16, 2018

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SANDALS Resorts International (SRI) honoured top travel agents in the SRI network during the glitzy 16th Annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) Awards at the beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos recently.

A total of 300 travel agents and companions from North America, Canada and Latin America attended the function in Providenciales where they were recognised for their hard work and dedication to the Sandals brand.

Sandals, in a release, said a number of notable figures from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), including Governor Dr John Freeman; Deputy Governor Anya Williams; Premier Sharlene Cartwight Robinson; and Minister of Tourism Ralph Higgs were in attendance.

Sandals created the STAR Awards in 2002 as a way to recognise top travel agents and their agencies as well as showcase the latest resort products and on-island attractions. In addition to top product, regional and national categories, awards were handed out for the Top 10 Travel Agencies worldwide, Chairman and CEO awards and the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Chairman's Award went to Eileen Nason of Discerning Journeys; the CEO Award of Excellence to Tracy Mcgaughey of A-Aarons All-Inclusive Travel and Flemming Friisdahl of Travel Agent Next Door; and Wedding Vibe was named as the top USA Sandals travel agency.

Below is a list of all STAR Awards winners:

Lifetime Achievement Awards:

• Kim Cook, Love To Travel

• xempmargin;Wanda Keefer, All-Seasons Vacations

• xempmargin;Mary Fowler, Riverside Tours And Travel

• xempmargin;Marcia Perkins, Destination Wedding.Com

• xempmargin;Georgiann Jowarskji, Custom Travel Services

• xempmargin;Bonnie Rygg-Haley – Bon Voyage Travel

• xempmargin;Lisa Hoppe, Lisa Hoppe Consulting

• Robert Rizzo, Travel Only

• Barbara Scrocco, Travel Only

• Lisa Tetzlaff, Valente Travel

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT- SOCIAL MEDIA:

• Katie May, Classic Travel Connections

CEO's Award of Excellence:

• xempmargin;Tracy Mcgaughey, A-Aarons All Inclusive Travel

• xempmargin;Flemming Friisdahl, Travel Agent Next Door

Chairman's Award

• Eileen Nason, Discerning Journeys

OUTSTANDING SALES ACHIEVEMENT WEDDINGS

• Marcia Perkins, Destination Weddings.Com

• Lynn Thomas, Alpha World Travel

• Wanda Keefer, All-Seasons Vacations

• Denise Kerkhoff, Wedding Vibe

• Terri Flood, Escapes Unlimited, Az

WORLDWIDE TOP SANDALS TRAVEL AGENCY

For USA:

Wedding Vibe

For Canada:

Tripcentral.Ca, Bedford

WORLDWIDE CONTRIBUTION TO THE SANDALS FOUNDATION:

• Wanda Keefer, owner of Allseasonsvacations.com

WORLDWIDE TOP TEN TRAVEL AGENCIES

1. Wedding Vibe, Bristol

2. Enchanted Honeymoons, Omaha

3. Twinsburg Travel Cruise Inc

4. Royal Travel, Maryville

5. Island Getaways, Brookfield

6. Discerning Journeys

7. VIP Vacations Inc

8. &empmargin;Loyalty One Travel Services, Canada

9. Escapes Unlimited, Az, Llc

10. Classic Travel Connections

TOP RETAIL TRAVEL AGENCY CHAIN WORLDWIDE

• Liberty Travel

TOP PRODUCING AGENCY IN LATIN AMERICA:

• Honeymoons SAC/Travel shop, Peru

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