2011 Sandals/Beaches STAR
Awards-December 2011 - and the new Chairman's Royal
Club Award and 2012 Membership
Mitch Lange of Island Cruises & Travel Blog
I recently attended the Sandals and Beaches Resorts
Star Awards at Sandals Grande Riviera Spa and Golf
resort in Ocho Rios Jamaica on December 7th - 12th
It was the 3rd year in a row I have
achieved this recognition. This year was even more
special because the owner Butch Steward added
another level of awards called the Chairman’s Royal
Club. The top agents in the US, Canada and Great
Britain became members and I was included.
Along with the recognition many future perks were
included. The real treat was an invitation for a
special brunch to the Chairman’s private estate and
villa called Rio Chico in Ocho Rios Jamaica.
When we arrived at Rio Chico, we were greeted by
almost every General Manager of each Sandals and
Beaches Resort. The property had bright pink and
orange table decorations, had a live reggae band,
and a large buffet for all of the Sandals Chairman's
Royal Club members to enjoy.
The Chairman's Royal Club recognizes travel agencies
that sell a significant amount of Sandals & Beaches
Resorts and provide outstanding service to their
clients. The members of the Chairman's Royal Club
are recognized as the world's top sellers of Sandals
and Beaches Resorts. To be a member of the
Chairman's Royal Club is an honor.
The property overlooks the Caribbean ocean and words
cannot come close to describing the breathtaking
view of the turquoise waters of Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Large tropical flowers were strategically planted
across the resort and used as beautiful center
pieces for each guests table.
TV Master Chef Walter Steib was supervising the food
preparations which included barbecued shrimp, steak
and many other Caribbean treats.
Canadian singer Chantel Kreviazuk came around to
each table giving us her recent CD and personally
Many people spent time taking pictures of the villas
and meeting with the Sandals and Beaches Chairman,
Butch Stewart and the CEO of Sandals and Beaches
Resort, Adam Stewart at each of our tables. We
toured his entire home and property.
It concluded with the presentation of a beautiful
engraved award with our name and date on it.
Stay tuned for more about Sandals Grande Riviera and
our property tour with highlights of the new 60
million dollar renovations.
SANDALS WHITEHOUSE, Jamaica — Calling travel agents
“our most important distribution partner for the
past 30 years”, Sandals Resorts honored its
Best of the Best this past
weekend at the 2010 STAR (Sandals Travel Agency
Recognition) Awards, including multiple Canadian
winners Maritime Travel, Moncton and Kamloops Travel
“You come first in everything we do,” said chairman
Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, addressing the over 600
Canadian and American travel agents at the Saturday
night gala event under the stars at Sandals
Whitehouse in Jamaica. “As 2011 starts, make sure
you sell up, and guide your destiny.”
Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International,
told the crowd that 2011 “is the year of ‘more’.”
winning agencies at the event included, for Top
Travel Agency (Canada), Maritime Travel, Moncton
(Eastern Region), My Travel Avion (Central Region)
and Kamloops Travel World (Western Region).
(Central and South East Region)
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Awards event took place over several days and
included Saturday morning presentations by the
Stewarts, Unique Vacations president Kevin Froemming,
Island Routes’ Richard Moss and Gina Tsirmpas,
national groups manager and based in Canada.