This past weekend, during the 2022 Global Piton Awards, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority honored the best-selling Saint Lucia travel advisors in the world, including the U.S.
During a weekend-long celebration (Nov. 10-14), advisors were pampered with VIP arrival services, custom experiences such as the Luxe Lucian Lime, the Gros-Islet Street Party, and a cocktail reception at the Prime Minister’s official residence.
The weekend culminated with an award ceremony at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, where the 35 winners—15 from the U.S.—were honored for their contributions to Saint Lucia’s tourism in a regenerative period. The 2022 Global Piton Awards were bestowed upon travel advisors who booked at least 400 room nights within the last two-and-a-half years, measured in room nights booked through the Saint Lucia Expert (SLEx) Program created in partnership with Recommend magazine.
“At a time when the world looked to tourism as a main economic driver, our travel advisors and carriers placed special confidence in Saint Lucia. A major part of our success and global prominence is attributed to their continued selling of our island’s offerings. They undoubtedly remain the pulse of our industry and we are delighted to express our most heartfelt appreciation,” remarked Lorine Charles St. Jules, CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, in a press release statement.
Trish Hockin of Tropic Breeze received the ‘Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Sales’ for the top-selling tour operator in the UK & Europe. Receiving the ‘Minister of Tourism Award’ for exceptional sales performance in the UK & Ireland was independent travel agent Sheila Sparkes of Holidaysplease. The pinnacle of sales excellence was achieved by Nancy Finn of My Island Getaways who was bestowed with the ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Exceptional Sales Performance’ in North America & the Caribbean.
Best-Selling Saint Lucia Travel Advisors
U.S. winners are Andrea Williams of Exquisite Vacations; Nancy Finn of My Island Getaways; Lynn Thomas of Alpha World Travel; Sally Jane Smith of TravelSmiths; Mark Hennigan of Dreamers Travel; Kerri Logan of Escapes Unlimited AZ; Veronica Kastukevich of Custom Travel; Steve Simmons of Honeymoons inc.; Scott Jones of EZ Travel Pad; Kim Goldstein of Journeys Travel; Christen Perry of Classic Travel Connection; Linda Dancer of Honeymoons inc.; Mitch Toren of Trip Guy; Heather DiPietro of Travel Sales Group; and Jennifer Doncsecz of Vip Travel Inc.
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