TPICanadians Shine at Sandals STAR Awards! - TPI

Canadians Shine at Sandals STAR Awards!

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.


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.


Worldwide Top 10 Travel Agency includes TPI.



Top Ten Travel Agencies – including two from Canada:

Travel Professionals International



National – Canada – Top Sandals Travel Agency – TPI


National – Canada – Top Host Travel Agency – TPI


Top Host Travel Agency

Travel Professionals International

Top Sandals Travel Agency

Travel Professionals International



Canada – Regional – Top Sandals Travel Agency


Canada – Regional – Top Beaches Travel Agency



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



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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