Fifty of Jamaica’s top-selling travel agents, including 15 Canadian members of the Jamaica Travel Specialist (JTS) program, were honoured by the island’s tourist board last week during the annual One Love Affair gala and incentive trip in Montego Bay.

“The annual JTS One Love Affair program is an important tradition for Destination Jamaica, and we take great pride in rewarding our dedicated partners who show an enduring commitment to the destination,” said Donovan White, Director of Tourism, JTB. “Travel advisors are the backbone of our industry, and their support has played a pivotal role in Jamaica’s success as a leading global tourism destination.”

To reward their efforts in selling Jamaica, top-performing agents and their guests were treated to an exclusive three-night getaway in Jamaica that featured all-inclusive accommodations, a bespoke culinary experience with Chukka Trails & Travel, an Island Routes sailing excursion, and a chic all-white beach party at Sandals Montego Bay.

The trip culminated in the elegant award dinner and ceremony hosted at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach on Dec. 5. In keeping with this year’s theme – Roots, Rock and Reggae – attendees were invited to celebrate Jamaica’s rich musical history while donning red, green, gold and black formalwear. In addition to the presentation of awards, the gala included a special tribute to longstanding JTB Chairman John Lynch and a live musical performance from the Blow Wow Band.

Top 50 agents

The JTS One Love Affair incentive trip and award gala first launched in 2012. This year, 15 Canadian Jamaica Travel Specialists qualified to attend were:

  • Vanessa Elizabeth Martinez, Unforgettable Escapes
  • Courtney Pilon, Champagne Weddings & Travel
  • Jen Langlois, Trevello Travel Group
  • Sharon Lynn Loppie, TravelBug Travel
  • Lois Barbour, Travel Time Agency
  • Yvonne Adina Campbell, Yvonne’s Travel and Tours
  • Shelley Elkas, Escapes.ca
  • Sharon Boissonneault, House of Travel
  • Micaela McFarquhar, Intimate Affairs & Escapes
  • Robyn Arnold, Sell Off Vacations
  • Kim Leduc, Voyagess & Croisières Aquamond
  • Amanda Elizabeth Beaver, GLOW Travel Inc.
  • Tanya Lynne Smith, Niche Travel Group
  • Andrea Kathleen Hudson Lindsay, Your Travel Genie
  • Johanne Robinson, CWT Harvey’s Travel

“We have come together tonight to celebrate our top-producing Jamaica Travel Specialists from across the globe,” said Angella Bennett, Regional Director, Canada, JTB. “We are extremely proud of our outstanding and resilient travel advisor community; each of you have demonstrated hard work and a passion for Jamaica in order to earn a coveted place at this year’s awards.”

The JTS One Love Rewards Program is a dedicated training platform for the travel agent community to become certified experts on the destination. The educational program features a series of online courses that provide agents with practical knowledge on the island while showcasing Jamaica’s rich culture and vibrant tourism offerings. In addition to learning about the island, JTS-certified agents earn valuable rewards points and gain access to exclusive perks when they record their bookings throughout the year.

First published at Travel Industry Today


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