0

450 Travel Agents Visit For Awards Ceremony

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Tribune Senior Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

SANDALS Royal Bahamian hosted almost 450 travel agents this past weekend for a grand awards ceremony, while announcing the expansion of the Sandals brand through a recent acquisition in the Turks and Caicos.

Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin attended Sandals’ “Star Awards” dinner Saturday evening and praised the travel agents for their continuing dedication to the struggling travel agency industry.

“I wish to commend firstly all of you for staying ahead of the game, so to speak, in a highly competitive environment where, in truth, you could have become dinosaurs but instead you dug your heels in and refined and improved upon and brought innovation to your craft,” Mrs Hanna-Martin said.

“As a result, not only have you preserved the market niche for the travel agent and the art and science of travel advice but your advice and expertise has brought a level of enjoyment in depth and breadth to millions of travellers worldwide which is unmatched.”

She also lauded Sandals for continuing its programme with the travel agents and for its continuing commitment to the Bahamas.

“Sandals however must be commended for recognising and understanding the invaluable and important contribution that travel agents make to the tourism industry worldwide and no doubt to its own properties here in the Bahamas and elsewhere,” she said.

“In pursuance of this Sandals has sought to strengthen and cement relationships with travel agents and agencies worldwide such that this collaboration has assisted in bringing the beautiful island of Exuma, one of the islands of this archipelago, to the world and the city of Nassau to the global tourism market along with other lovely countries of the Caribbean. For this we are grateful to Sandals.”

Chairman of Sandals Gordon “Butch” Stewart resoundingly thanked the travel agents Saturday morning for their dedication to the Sandals brand.

“Agents in this room have been our backbone for 31 years,” said Mr Stewart. “Everybody in this room is my friend.”

Mr Steward revealed during his morning meeting with the travel agents that Sandals recently acquired the Veranda Resort and Residences in The Turks and Caicos in order to expand its Beaches resort on along Grace Bay.

“Agents are simply over the moon with this good news and we sincerely thank Governor Todd, Premier Dr Rufus Ewing and the entire democratically-elected Cabinet for their ongoing support of Beaches Resorts which made this acquisition possible,” said Stewart.

Comments

dudu 7 years, 7 months ago

This is a nice thing because due to some good travel agents I've found some http://www.globotreks.com/posts-artic...">affordable Paris hotels and I've spent a wonderful holiday along with my family.

0

leonardo85 7 years ago

These travel agents indeed are doing great, ever since the travel costs have gone up the travel agents are finding it hard to continue their job. Unless you get a good travel deal the http://www.bestbandbinns.com/destinat...">cost of a vacation could go beyond your budget.

0

isabella 5 years, 1 month ago

These travel agents are really going through a tough time because of the bad economic situation. However, when it comes to making travel arrangements one can do that online. You can now even make reservations at http://singerislandresortandspa.net/r...">Marriott in Singer Island online in a jiffy.

0

leonardo85 5 years ago

Now the situation is getting better for the tourism industry, the economy is quite stable and so people are now showing interest in traveling. Now you can make all arrangements online, if you want to find http://enchanted-france.com/">European tour packages within your budget, you can find such packages online in an instant.

0

zinos85 4 years, 11 months ago

These travel agents had to work really hard to get success. However, now the tourism industry is moving towards a positive phase. There are online travel agencies available as well which offer really https://escapeandearn.com/jointoday/d...">affordable vacation packages.

0

karina 4 years, 10 months ago

Now the travel agents are out of the bad phase they were in, people are again making travel plans and they are willing to make trips. However, now most people book their flights, accommodation online. For example, if you want to book http://www.beaversbendlogcabins.com/">Beavers Bend cabin rentals, you can do that online.

0

karina 4 years, 9 months ago

It is a great idea to honor the travel agents who have worked so hard to achieve success. However, now people are indeed showing great interest in traveling again and they are ready to spend a good amount of money as well. However, before you start your journey you should make all the bookings online. If you need http://www.americancarservicenj.com/j...">NYC shuttle Newark airport service then you should book that in advance to avoid any last minute hassle.

0

karina 4 years, 9 months ago

They had to work really hard to win these awards, their work was certainly not easy because of the recession. However, now they can have a better time because people are again willing to spend money on trips. So the agents should consider promoting offbeat destinations like http://www.stayincostarica.com/">Costa Rica vacation spots.

0

karina 4 years, 8 months ago

Travel agents indeed make all sorts of efforts to keep the tourism industry running. However, traveling has become easier now because you can make all sorts of travel arrangements online including booking http://www.kingcharterbus.com/charter...">bus charters New Jersey area.

0

karina 4 years, 8 months ago

The travel industry indeed had to go through a lot of struggle because of the financial issues. But now it has become stable, so which means that the travel agents will find it easier to attract a client. However, now thanks to technology people have access to gadgets and cutting edge technical solutions like http://www.flyenord.com/">UAV mapping which help them make the right arrangements.

0

karina 4 years, 7 months ago

For all of these travel agents it was really a tough task to convince people to make a trip during recession. However, now the situation is certainly better and those who want to travel abroad they should be careful about their passport. Contact the right place which handles issues like https://visaobtainers.com/passport-se...">expedite passport.

0

Sign in to comment