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Shake off the winter blues with Sunwing tips Posted by Sunwing

The third Monday of January, otherwise known as Blue Monday, is often considered to be one of the gloomiest days of the year. From frigid temperatures and a lack of sunlight to failing New Year’s resolutions, many Canadians begin to experience a serious case of the winter blues at this time.

The good news is that shaking off the winter blues might be easier than you think. According to a survey recently conducted by Sunwing, 95% of Canadians agree that vacations have a positive impact on their wellbeing. We compiled some of our top tips to help you get out of the blues and into the sun this winter. From boosting your mood by booking early to spending some much-needed time in the sun, read on for their top advice on shaking off the winter blues.

Two young girls standing in front of a water park

Book Early and Get Excited

There are plenty of clear advantages to booking your vacation early – you’re more likely to get your preferred departure date and resort and you can score a better deal – but did you know that booking early can also boost your mood? While you’ll definitely feel an upswing in your mood when you step off the plane in paradise and smell that fresh island breeze, over 75% of Canadians say that they get excited about their upcoming vacation the moment they book and the week before they depart – proving that the ‘holiday halo effect’ starts long before you depart and can continue even after you’ve returned home. Booking early will extend the holiday happiness bubble, giving you something exciting to look forward to and making those chilly winter commutes much more bearable.

You’ll have a lot to look forward to when you plan your getaway to Grand Memories Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This popular resort includes access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean with a wave pool, seven “monster” slides and two mini slides for kids. Remember to book early to start counting down to paradise and to secure your preferred suite – there are even options that sleep families of five or more.

Swim-up bar and pool overlooking the ocean surrounded by lush palm trees

Fly South to Make Winter Fly By

The dreary winter weather, gloomy skies and shorter days back home in Canada can negatively impact your wellbeing. Booking a vacation to a tropical destination can help make the winter season go by faster! Although all vacations have a positive effect on our wellbeing, over 80% of Canadians agree that where you choose to vacation makes a difference and believe that vacationing somewhere tropical can make the dreaded winter season fly by. When you choose a sunny and warm locale for your next vacation, you’ll get your much-needed dose of vitamin D and facing the rest of the cold weather will be a tropical breeze, with fond memories of your time away and the ‘holiday halo effect’ helping to keep you warm for months (or years!) to come.

After a stay at the top-rated family resort Riu Vallarta, you’ll be ready to take on whatever winter has in store. This newly-renovated property in Riviera Nayarit is nestled on the pristine shores of Playa de Flamingos where you can soak up some much-needed sunshine by the sprawling pool complex or try out a range of water sports by the beach.

Two people on dual ziplines flying high above the coast

Try Something New and Memorable

Sunwing’s survey found that if money was no object, most Canadians (especially millennials) would choose to splurge on experiences and making memories over anything else, including VIP upgrades or luxury items. Excursions are a great way to have a unique experience and make the most of your time away, with memories that will last a lifetime. Not only will you have a blast in the moment, but you’ll also have something positive to look back on over the cold winter months. Excursions are a great way to get outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Whether you want to spend the day on a private island, learn about your destination’s history and culture or race ATVs across the desert, Sunwing Experiences offers something for every traveller – making checking things off your bucket list easy.

Try out exciting new adventures when you stay at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, with the resort’s exclusively-curated PH Experiences. Zipline high above the treetops of Guanacaste on the Canopy Congo Trail, unwind in relaxing hot springs after a horseback ride on the Mega Combo Buena Vista adventure, explore nearby Nicaragua’s only active volcano on the Discover Nicaragua excursion and meet sloths and monkeys on the Adventure Pass tour.

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Sweeping wins for Travel Time – TPI at the Playa Awards

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Travel Professionals International’s (TPI), wins big at the 4th annual Spotlights Awards for Playa Hotels & Resorts. The Playa Spotlight Awards invites the best and top-producing agents in the industry. With over 120 Canadian agents attending the awards, TPI was proud to see their very own Lois Barbour walk away with three significant awards for her and her team. Playa Hotels and Resorts awarded Lois Barbour with Most Improved Agent in Canada, Top Seller for Jamaica in Canada and Top Seller for Jewel Resorts in Canada.

“I am honoured to be recognized with these prestigious awards by Playa Resorts. We strive to offer the best vacation options to our clients, so when the brands that provide our guests with the vacation memories of a lifetime then recognize us in this way, we say thank you!” said Lois Barbour, TPI Advisor.

TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon said, “Congratulations to Lois and all of her team at Travel Time – TPI! What an amazing accomplishment to bring home three Spotlight Awards and be recognized for their incredible dedication to their clients. We are honoured to have Travel Time – TPI as part of the TPI family and are always proud to share our Advisor’s achievements!”

Find more information about Lois Barbour and her team Travel Time – TPI at www.traveltimetpi.com

Published by Openjaw on January 14, 2020

Top 5 Unique Cruise Destinations in 2020

With so many options to choose from when looking into planning a cruise vacation, one can often get lost in the “go-to” destinations that every other traveller is going to. Cruise lines have stepped up their game for 2020, bringing us new experiences and new itineraries for all of the explorers out there. They are taking travellers to corners of the globe that are barely touch, we know, hard to believe! We have collected the top 5 cruise destinations that we are sure any traveller would enjoy!

1. Asia

Asia has been climbing on many top destinations lists, now more than ever, it is the perfect time to experience it from the comfort of your favourite cruise ship. Visit the ancient temples of Cambodia, the relaxed island life in Thailand or the bustling city of Hong Kong. If you feel like moving a little closer to the culture and traditions, a river cruise is the best option. The Mekong River runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – a journey along this river will take you to some of the most majestic and unique corners in Asia! Unpack your bag once and check off multiple countries from your travel list, all while being fully emerged in ancient Asian culture.

Sail 9 nights around South East Asia with Royal Caribbean onboard Quantum of the Seas, October 2020
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2. Galapagos

 

This untouched region of nature is crawling with unique animals and endless “awe” experiences for all ages. Make your way to one of the most unique areas of the world, filled with magical moments and wildlife that will blow you away. Celebrity Cruises recently introduced the evolutionary Celebrity Flora, this luxury mega yacht is based in the Galapagos and designed to immerse its guests in the destination. If you want something more intimate, there is a long list of smaller cruise lines that will help you get up close and personal with the Blue-Footed Boobies, ancient tortoises and playful sea lions.

Sail 11 nights in the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises onboard the Flora, March 2020
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3. Iceland

If you want to dig deep and really feel connected to a destination, Iceland is the best pick! Although you might only be visiting the one country on this cruise itinerary, it will feel as though you are exploring a whole new world. Cruise lines will fill your excursion list with black sand beaches, natural hot springs, active volcanos, and captivating waterfalls. If visiting during the fall, you may be lucky enough to check off the Northern Lights from your bucket list or if passing by in the summer months, experience the perfect time for whale watching! *Fun fact: There are long, dark winters, and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.

Sail 14 nights around Iceland & Norway with Princess Cruises onboard the Grand Princess, June 2020
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4. Pacific Region

Islands, islands and more islands! We couldn’t just choose one beautiful Pacific island with crystal blue waters and the whitest sand you will have lay eyes on… so we decided on them all. Whether you want to explore some of the small pieces of an island paradise or make your way down under, cruising the south pacific is the best way to experience these breathtaking islands. With itineraries that will take you around the entire circumference of Australia or zig-zag your way through islands like Fiji or Bora Bora.

Sail 13 days from Australia to New Zealand with Holland America onboard the Noordam, February 2020
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5. Africa, Seychelles & Madagascar

Head off the beaten path and into the wild! As you make your way to unique islands like Madagascar and Seychelles. Spend some time exploring the untouched beaches before making your way inland on a memorable safari. An exotic and incredible Africa itinerary will take your breath away, not to mention the endless wildlife sightings!

Sail 20 nights around Exotic South Africa + Islands with NCL onboard the Spirit, March 2020
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Australia Bushfire Update – Support Australia through Travel Posted by Goway Travel - January, 2020

All across the world, people stand in solidarity with Australians in the midst of the heartbreaking bushfires that have spread across parts of the country. At Goway and TPI, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and communities affected. We hope for an end to the fires and a speedy recovery for the impacted townships and natural landscapes. We also commend the fearless efforts of first responders who are combating the fires and working to restore their communities.

Some have voiced concern over whether Australia remains safe for travel at this time. To that end, we must stress that while the seriousness of the bushfires in Australia has not been overstated, many parts of the country of interest to international tourists are unaffected and remain open for travel.

To be specific, some key regional areas in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, including western Kangaroo Island, have been affected and are currently not recommended for travellers. However, many previously affected regions have since re-opened to tourism. For instance, touring of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales has resumed and Kangaroo Island is also still accepting visitors in the unaffected eastern towns of the island.

Please know that our primary concern is ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our travellers, whether in Australia or elsewhere. We are constantly monitoring the bushfire situation in conjunction with our Sydney office and local partners and have been proactively contacting and successfully relocating all the travellers whose plans have been immediately impacted by these fires.

If you are booked to travel Downunder in the near future, reach out to your Travel Advisor to assist you by answering any of your questions and concerns or by making any necessary modifications to your clients’ vacation.

For up-to-date information on Australian weather and wildfires, check out the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology, which provides weather updates for all parts of Australia, as well as the latest fire warnings.

TPI and Goway, value your safety above everything else. We also value supporting local communities in Australia in any way possible. We firmly believe that travel changes the world for the better. One major way to support Australia at this time is to travel to the country as planned and explore the many regions unaffected by the fires, where tourism is still open.

There’s so much to see and do in Australia and now is the perfect time to support it. Click here for ways you can help.

Where To Go When: The Best Places To Go On Holiday Posted in Condé Nast Traveller by Laura Fowler

 

One person’s idea of the best holiday destinations in the world differs wildly from the next’s. It all depends, of course, on what you want from a holiday. Whether your idea of fun is taking off as many clothes as is humanly decent and lying down for two weeks, or standing ponderously before Giotto’s candlelit frescoes in Assisi, or hacking through rainforest to discover the indigenous tribe that has never clapped eyes on an outsider. Why every day thousands make the pilgrimage that is the three-hour queue at Madame Tussaud’s to see a bunch of famous dummies, and they can’t get enough of it.

Some places in the world, however, are so unequivocally brilliant, so indisputably incredible, that it would take extraordinary effort to not love them. Places that have everyone from belligerent old uncles to jaded been-there-done-it-alls about what a simply WONDERFUL holiday they had. So here is the ultimate holiday calendar to help you find out where to go when, top holiday destinations whether you want beaches or wilderness, safari or city breaksskiing or winter sun; whether you want to know where to go in October, or where to escape the crowds at Easter: the 10 best holiday destinations for every month of the year.

 

BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS CALENDAR

Where to go on holiday in January
Kick-off the New Year somewhere amazing and uplifting – our top 10 holiday destinations for January are all epic and give a much-needed dose of winter sun to beat the post-holiday party blues.

 

Where to go on holiday in February
February is possibly the best month for winter sun in the tropics – the January crowds have departed, prices have dipped, the weather’s still hot and sunny – and it’s carnival time! These are our Top 10 destinations for holidays in February

 

Where to go on holiday in March
March is often a good time for cheap holidays – a shoulder-season month between the Christmas and Easter crowds when it’s heavenly in certain long-haul destinations and you can find early spring sun just four hours’ flight from the UK.

 

Where to go on holiday in April
Sure-fire-fantastic ideas for holidays in April, as spring warms up the Med and Europe’s greatest cities come out from hibernation – and a few far-flung under-the-radar destinations you might not have considered but will definitely love. Plus where to safari in April, and where to ski in April.

 

Where to go on holiday in May
May time, playtime: not one but two bank holidays for weekend breaks; where to find spring sun in Europe; why May is our favourite month in these North American destinations; plus the little-known islands with year-round sunshine just a four-hour flight away.

 

Where to go on holiday in June
Summer’s here – quick, take a summer holiday before the schools break up! Here’s where to find the best beach holidays in June, a few excellent city breaks, plus an epic trip of a lifetime.

 

Where to go on holiday in July
Holidays in July where you can beat the crowds, from Great British beach holidays to a few beach holiday destinations in Europe you might not have thought of – and some epic long-haul destinations at their absolute best in July.

 

Where to go on holiday in August
Where to go in August when the world and his wife are on holiday? These are our top 10 holiday destinations for August to escape the crowds, where you can still find a quiet beach and a table at the best restaurants in these good-time cities.

 

Where to go on holiday in September
Sunshine, lower prices, quieter beaches – why September is the best month to go to Santorini, IbizaSicily, and more of our favourite Mediterranean islands, top beach destinations, and some of the best cities in Europe

 

Where to go on holiday in October
Holidays in October are ideal for the last blast of sunshine in southern Europe where it’s still hot and sunny. It’s a top month for nature shows, too, from the fiery autumn displays to wildlife in a few of the world’s most extraordinary islands. Read our top 10 holiday destinations for October here.

 

Where to go on holiday in November
Time for a long-haul holiday, a burst of winter sun. You can still find warm weather in Europe, if you know where to look; while South America, the Caribbean and the Antipodes are perfect for beach holidays in November, with prices low before the Christmas rush. Read our top 10 holiday destinations for November here.

 

Where to go on holiday in December
Some of the world’s best winter-sun destinations are in their prime in December. So which is the best Caribbean island at Christmas? Where are the best places to spend New Year’s Eve? Plus the top holiday destinations for winter sun in December, and where to ski at Christmas.

 

Posted in Condé Nast Traveller

TPI is the only agency in Canada to have two of their advisors recognized in the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.

Travel Professionals International (TPI), is the only agency in Canada to have two of their advisors recognized in the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.

Lois Barbour of Travel Time TPI and Kim Hartlen of Kim Hartlen Travel were once again recognized for their contribution to Sandals & Beaches as Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club, an exclusive club that rewards the most loyal and top-producing travel agents in North America for the Sandals brands.

TPI CEO, Zeina Gedeon, said that TPI is “ecstatic” with having the only two advisors in Canada that are in the Sandals Chairman Royal Club.

“This is a great testament to the dedication and commitment TPI Advisors have to Sandals,” Gedeon said. “We see the rewards our Advisors get recognized for, and it is the support and tools they get with TPI that makes them the best of the best.”

Kim Hartlen, TPI Advisor, said, “I have been honoured to be a part of the Sandals Travel Agent awards for the past 18 years and a member of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club since the beginning in 2012! Thank you, Sandals and Beaches Resorts for this prestige invitation and recognition.”

Lois Barbour, TPI Advisor, said, “Thank you to our VIP clients first of all, but also with thanks to our BDM extraordinaire, Meredith Hand and also Maureen Barnes-Smith Sandals Director of Sales & Marketing, for her endless support of our agency on the rock! With you, and the amazing Sandals Resorts team who enable us to do what we do every day, we say thank you!”

Director of sales and marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc., Maureen Barnes-Smith spoke highly of TPI, saying, “Travel Professionals International continues to foster the environment for high growth for Sandals and Beaches, and we congratulate the organization as well as the individual agent winners. Well done.”

Published in Pax News on December 18th, 2019

TPI Sweeps Awards at Sandals STAR Awards

TORONTO – Travel Professionals International (TPI) once again was named the Top Host Agency and Best of the Best in Canada for the 2nd year in a row at the 18th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) Awards hosted at Beaches Turks & Caicos on Dec 8th.

It was a big night for TPI and their attending Advisors at the Sandals STAR Gala Awards. TPI’s top Sandals producing Advisors were recognized for their loyalty and dedication by Sandals Resorts. Kim Hartlen took home Best of the Best in Canada, Top Club Sandals Travel Agency and Top Beaches Travel Agency in Atlantic Canada and Lois Barbour of Travel Time received Top Sandals Travel Agency in Atlantic Canada.

“I have been honoured to be a part of the Sandals Travel Agent awards for the past 18 years! Thank you, Sandals and Beaches Resorts for this prestige invitation and recognition. I am thrilled to have stepped out on my own as an entrepreneur under my brand Kim Hartlen Travel with the amazing support of TPI. My clients are truly the Stars!! #filledwithgratitude” said Kim Hartlen, TPI Advisor.

Lois Barbour, TPI Advisor, said, “I am pleased to be recognized again by Sandals Resorts as a top Canadian agent. The recognition received in being named the Top Sandals Agency of the Year for Atlantic Canada is a huge honor for us, as well as being named one of only two Canadian Chairman’s Royal Club agents.” Barbour added, “Our team at Travel Time – TPI appreciates our loyal VIP clients, and the trust they place in us for their valuable vacation time. Our partners at Sandals Resorts deliver on the experience we recommend to our clients again and again and make the process easy with repeat bookings being the norm.”

The STAR Awards celebrates travel agents worldwide and Sandals Resorts as an innovator and trendsetter in luxury Caribbean resorts for the last 24 years.

TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon said, “We are extremely proud of our Advisors who took home some of the most prestigious Sandals Awards this week! It was an honour for me to accept the award as Top Host Agency in Canada, on behalf of my TPI family, this award is for all our advisors across Canada,” Gedeon continued, “to recognize all their hard work and all the passion they put into what they do, all of this would not have been possible without our Advisors’ commitment to Sandals Resorts.”

List of awards received at the STAR Gala Awards:

  • Head office awards:
    • Best of the Best Agency Recognition
    • Top Host Agency in Canada
    • Top Sandals Travel Agency
    • Top Ten Travel Agencies Worldwide
  • Lois Barbour – Travel Times
    • Top Sandals Travel Agency – Atlantic Canada
    • Chairman’s Royal Club
  • Kim Hartlen – Kim Hartlen Travel
    • Best of the Best Agency Recognition Award
    • Top Beaches Travel Agency – Atlantic Canada
    • Top Club Sandals Travel Agency
    • Chairman’s Royal Club

Posted in Travel Press on December 17th, 2019

Canadians shine at Sandals STAR awards, with complete list of winners & pics

Canadians shine at Sandals STAR awards, with complete list of winners &...

TORONTO — Sandals Resorts International paid tribute to its shining stars at the 18th Annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (S.T.A.R.) Awards – and the list of Canadian winners is impressive.

Sandals celebrated its top travel agents with a gala ceremony, the pinnacle of a four-night trip at Beaches Turks & Caicos earlier this month.

Sandals created the S.T.A.R. Awards in 2002 to recognize top travel agents and their agencies while also highlighting new products and on-island attractions.

This year’s event brought in some 560 travel advisors and companions from Canada, the U.S., Latin America and the UK.

The Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands, Nigel John Dakin, also attended the ceremony, as did Deputy Governor Anya Williams, Minister of Tourism Ralph Higgs, Consul General for Jamaica, Allen Hutchinson and MHA Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Labor and Employment Services, Vaden Williams.

CHAIRMAN’S ROYAL CLUB MEMBERS

Two Canadians achieved this top-level Certified Sandals Specialist status as top performing agents: Lois Barbour – Travel Time TPI, and Kim Hartlen – Kim Hartlen Travel TPI.

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Worldwide Top 10 Travel Agency includes TPI.

WORLDWIDE AWARDS

 

Top Ten Travel Agencies – including two from Canada:

Travel Professionals International

 

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National – Canada – Top Sandals Travel Agency – TPI

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National – Canada – Top Host Travel Agency – TPI

NATIONAL AWARDS

Top Host Travel Agency

Travel Professionals International

Top Sandals Travel Agency

Travel Professionals International

 

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Canada – Regional – Top Sandals Travel Agency

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Canada – Regional – Top Beaches Travel Agency

 

REGIONAL AWARDS

Top Sandals Travel Agency

Atlantic Canada – Travel Time TPI

 

Top Beaches Travel Agency

Atlantic Canada – Kim Hartlen Travel TPI

 

Top Club Sandals Travel Agency

Atlantic Canada – Kim Hartlen Travel TPI

 

BEST OF THE BEST – AGENCY RECOGNITION AWARDS – CANADA

Travel Professionals International

Kim Hartlen Travel/TPI

 

Zeina Gedeon, CEO of TPI, said she was “extremely proud” of its advisors at this year’s STAR awards. “It was an honour for me to accept the award as Top Host Agency in Canada, on behalf of my TPI family,” said Gedeon. “This award is for all our advisors across Canada to recognize all their hard work and all the passion they put into what they do. All of this would not have been possible without our advisors’ commitment to Sandals Resorts.”

Said Hartlen: “I have been honoured to be a part of the Sandals Travel Agent awards for the past 18 years! Thank you, Sandals and Beaches Resorts for this prestige invitation and recognition. I am thrilled to have stepped out on my own as an entrepreneur under my brand Kim Hartlen Travel with the amazing support of TPI. My clients are truly the Stars!”

Barbour added: “Our team at Travel Time – TPI appreciates our loyal VIP clients, and the trust they place in us for their valuable vacation time. Our partners at Sandals Resorts deliver on the experience we recommend to our clients again and again and make the process easy with repeat bookings being the norm.”

 

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Sandals STAR Awards gala a special night for home-based agents

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TPI was part of the Worldwide Top 10 Travel Agencies winner’s circle at the 2019 Sandals STAR Awards

Home-based agents shone brightly at Sandals Resorts’ 18th annual STAR Awards.

The top 10 travel agencies worldwide included host agency TPI.

 

Always top producers for Sandals and Beaches Resorts, home-based agents in Canada are scaling new heights with the company. And Sandals knows it. This past summer Sandals held its first-ever Canadian Home-Based Travel Consultant Conference, bringing home-based agents from across Canada from host agencies including TPI, TTAND, TravelOnly, The Destination Experts and Nexion Travel Group (Canada), to Sandals South Coast for five days of excursions, site inspections and a Business Marketing Forum targeted specifically to home-based agents.

At this year’s STAR Awards, held Dec. 7 – 11 at Beaches Turks & Caicos, Canadian home-based agents and host agencies dominated the leaderboard in the ‘Best of the Best’ category.

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Canada’s ‘Best of The Best’ winners at the 2019 Sandals STAR Awards, with Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc. and Sandals Resorts International CEO and deputy chairman Adam Stewart

The ‘Best of the Best’ for Canada included TPI; Kim Hartlen Travel/TPI in Nova Scotia; amongst the rest.

TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon says TPI is excited about its strong double-digit growth with Sandals every year, and praised the company for all that they do for TPI advisors on a daily basis.

“We are extremely proud of our Advisors who took home some of the most prestigious Sandals Awards this week!” said Gedeon. “It was an honour for me to accept the award as Top Host Agency in Canada, on behalf of my TPI family, this award is for all our advisors across Canada, to recognize all their hard work and all the passion they put into what they do and all this would not have been possible without our Advisors’ commitment to Sandals Resorts.”

Gedeon added that TPI is “over the moon” with having the only two advisors in Canada that are in the Sandals Chairman Royal Club: Travel Time TPI’s Lois Barbour and Kim Hartlen with Kim Hartlen Travel/TPI . “This is a great testament to our advisors and to Sandals for their commitment to TPI. We strive to give our advisors all the support and tool to make them the best of the best.”

While the STAR event is all about celebrating travel agents, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the legacy, and forward momentum, of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.

Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc., affiliate of the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, says that while resort vacation trends have come and gone, “what has never changed for us is the vision that started this company, of finding the best beaches and real estate on which to create world class luxury resorts.”

The story of Sandals “has been an unbelievable journey, from the humblest beginnings of 99 bedrooms in 1981 to now being the Caribbean’s only all-inclusive superbrand and World’s Leading All-Inclusive Resorts for 24 years,” she added.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

TPI among top 10 agencies worldwide at Sandals STAR Awards

 

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TURKS & CAICOS — Sandals Resorts is celebrating the best of the best with its top travel agents, travel agencies and suppliers at the 18th annual STAR Awards at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

The top 10 travel agencies worldwide included host agency TPI.

And the ‘Best of the Best’ for Canada included TPI; Kim Hartlen Travel/TPI in Nova Scotia; amongst others.

While the STAR event is all about celebrating travel agents, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the legacy, and forward momentum, of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.

“’World’s Best’ is not a tagline, it’s a signifier of what to expect, and more importantly it’s a promise on what Sandals and Beaches Resorts will deliver – exceeding your and your clients’ expectations and earning our stars every day,” said Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing, Unique Vacations Canada Inc., affiliate of the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.

“Over the past 38 years we have seen the evolution of travel and the transformation of the Sandals brand as your customers’ needs and desires have changed. We have seen the introduction of Beaches and the increasing diversity of our product offerings as we have anticipated and reacted to industry trends.”

The company has stayed nimble as it evolves with the times, but “what has never changed for us is the vision that started this company, of finding the best beaches and real estate on which to create world-class luxury resorts,” said Barnes-Smith.

For Sandals Resorts’ “passion driver and perfection seeker”, Chairman and Founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, every beach told a story, said Barnes-Smith, “one he wanted to share with customers while delivering more than they ever expected.”

That led to Sandals Resorts’ trajectory as an innovator, with industry firsts including everything from hair dryers and robes in the room, to à la carte restaurants, and more recently, to over the water bungalows and villas, over the water serenity wedding chapels and over the water bars.

The story of Sandals “has been an unbelievable journey, from the humblest beginnings of 99 bedrooms in 1981 to now being the Caribbean’s only all-inclusive superbrand and World’s Leading All-Inclusive Resorts for 24 years,” said Barnes-Smith.

She added: “We continue to be the single largest private employer in the Caribbean, supporting local industries in all the islands where we operate and providing sustainable linkages throughout all levels of industry in these islands.

“We continue to set the trends, and to be the benchmark that competitors follow, seizing opportunities where others see obstacles.”

Tuesday, December 10, 2019