Sandals, Beaches Resorts Honor Agents at the 14th Annual S.T.A.R. Awards

Petra Roach, director of the U.S. for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International. Roach was honored with the Global Commitment to Service & Excellence Award.

Sandals Resorts recently celebrated the 14th Annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (S.T.A.R.) awards on December 4 at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica.

A total of 450 travel agents, guests, VIPs and media from North America, U.K., Canada and Latin America traveled to Jamaica’s south coast where the agent community was recognized for their diligence and fortitude in Sandals and Beaches resorts. 

The event was attended by Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica; John McMahon, executive vice president and group publisher of Travel Agent magazine; Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International and Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. 

Sandals Resorts created the S.T.A.R. Awards in 2002 as a way to recognize top travel agents and their agencies as well as showcase the latest resort products and on-island attractions.  

The group of winners included the following:
Outstanding Sales Achievement – Weddings

Robbie Phillips - Royal Travel
Terri Flood – Escapes Unlimited AZ, LLC
Jennifer Doncsecz – V.I.P. Vacations Inc.
Nancy Finn – Island Getaways
 Mark Hennigan - Dreamers Travel
Cindy McCabe – Bethany Travel

CEO’s Outstanding Achievement – Social Media

Mary Flower – Riverside Tours & Travel
Kira Solomon – My Paradise Planner
Lois Barbour – Travel Time – TPI

Global Commitment to Service & Excellence

Petra Roach – Barbados Tourist Board

CEO Award of Excellence

 Vinnie Vats – TravelAir International
Lisa Billings – Maritime Travel
Jeri Vaughn – Liberty Travel, Deptford
Mary Fowler – Riverside Tours & Travel

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Bonnie Lee – Enchanted Getaways
Jennifer Doncsecz – V.I.P. Vacations Inc.
Ella Eliezer – Cruise & Land Travel, LLC
Mike McHugh – Dream Makers Vacation
John Yakes – Yakes Travel
Geri Jones – Accent On Travel
Steve Simmons – Honeymoons, Inc.
Lynn Thomas – Alpha World Travel
Tracy McGaughey – A-Aarons Travel
Matt Lanza – The Travel Consortium Inc.
Eileen Nason – Travel Leaders/Discerning Journeys
Sally Jane Smith – TravelSmith Inc.
Alex Churchman – Maritime Travel

Chairman’s Award

Robbie Phillips - Royal Travel (US) and Kathy Kennedy – One Love Honeymoons (Canada)

Worldwide Top Ten Travel Agencies

Enchanted Honeymoon
Twinsburg Travel & Cruise, Inc.
Escapes Unlimited AZ, LLC
Dream Makers Vacation Services
V.I.P. Vacations Inc.
Royal Travel
Island Getaways
LoyaltyOne Travel Services
Classic Travel Connection
Honeymoons Inc.

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