One of the many perks of working as a travel booking professional is having the opportunity to attend informative and entertaining events put on by major players in the tourism industry. In February 2014, an invitation was extended to agents at Travel Planners International, and guests were invited aboard the incredible Lady Sandals Yacht, moored just off Cape Canaveral on the coast of Florida.
All About Lady Sandals Yacht
This stunning sea vessel is owned by Gordon Butch Stewart, the owner of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts. The ship was once owned by Nicholas Cage, and it has every amenity that a person might desire. On this particular occasion, the timing was perfect, and guests got to enjoy the setting sun with the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Canaveral Marina serving as dual backdrops. The yacht is staffed by live-in employees who travel the world and know the boat inside and out.
The invitation for this event was presented to TPI professionals by Jake Coldiron, who is a Sandals Resorts business development manager based in Florida. He wanted to share with some of the leading travel agents in the world what new developments were going on at Sandals.
Of course, agents already knew that Sandals is a top choice for couple’s vacations, as Beaches Resorts vacations is a top choice for families, and most people are familiar with the resort’s no-tipping policy and upgrades like butler service and incredible amenities for guests. Some things that were new, however, included plunge and balcony pools designed for the private use of guests, an app that guests can use to call long-distance while on vacation and river suites where guests can actually swim to and from their rooms.
Sandals and Travel Planners International
One of the key points Jake Coldiron made at the Lady Sandals event was that Sandals Resorts always prefers guests to book through professional travel agents rather than generic booking sites online. That way, guests can get expert information to pick a getaway they will truly enjoy, and they can also call an actual travel agent for assistance if something goes wrong with their plans. Coldiron revealed to attendees that Travel Planners International was the top agency in Florida when it came to booking vacations to Sandals, and the agency was among the top 10 in the entire world.
Perks of Being Associated With Travel Planners International
Boarding one of the world’s most beautiful yachts is a perk in and of itself, but travel agents with Travel Planners International get to experience all types of benefits. At this event, guests were provided with a lavish meal prepared by the professional on-board chef, and food items included salmon, crab Caesar salads, lamb chops and more.
Sandals is also hosting a FAM trip, or familiarization trip, for travel agents who want to tour the upgraded Sandals Resort in Barbados this fall. Imagine touring a stunning island, home to beautiful beaches, charming monkeys and impressive onsite dining options!
By inviting agents associated with Travel Planners International to a yacht event on Lady Sandals, Sandals Resorts was able to provide a wealth of information that will help attendees meet the needs of their clients in the future. Click here to get a better idea of the many perks of working with a host agency like Travel Planners International.