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JTB celebrates top travel agents at annual All-White Affair gala in Montego Bay

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Director of Tourism, Donovan White (left) and Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (second left) pose with 2018 top booker Anthony Tucker (centre). Also sharing the occasion: Deputy Director of Tourism, Donnie Dawson (second right), and Business Development Officer Sean Pierre-Webster.

The Jamaica Tourist Board, for the seventh consecutive year, rewarded its top-selling Jamaica-travel specialists with a three-night getaway at the island's newest property, Excellence Oyster Bay. The getaway, which included tours, world-class dining, and shopping, culminated with the All-White Affair gala that recognised the top-performing agents from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Anthony Tucker of All-Inclusive Outlet in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA, who emerged the top booker this year, received his special award from Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. He booked a total of 22,456 room nights, while the 50th-ranked agent also came in strong with a total of 11,112 room nights.

In his remarks, Bartlett thanked the agents for their commitment to selling Jamaica. The top 50 agents booked 164,145 room nights collectively for the year. Bartlett noted that the destination has secured 89,000 new airline seats from the United States this winter, adding that 2019 is shaping up to be another great year for Jamaica, with work set to begin on some 6,000 new rooms.

Jamaica's One Love Rewards Program serves as a dedicated training platform for members of the travel-agent community to become certified experts on the destination. The programme guides agents through vibrant, picturesque online pages that provide insider information on the island. It also takes the travel-agent community into the heart of the destination, showcasing the island's rich history. In addition to learning about the island, travel agents earn valuable rewards when they record their bookings at www.oneloverewards.com.