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One Love Awards soirée

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
From left: Island Route's David Shields, top Canadian travel agent, Dawn Fairbanks, of Northstar Travel and Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook.
Secret Resort's Verona Rutty (left) and the Jamaica Tourist Board's Victoria Rogers.
Top Canadian producer Jennifer Borg (left) and Jennifer Dobrijevic.
VIP Attraction's Shelly-Ann Fung and Nicholas Watson took over the dancefloor.
The Jamaica Tourist Board's Donnie Dawson and Ruth DeMuth of TripGuy Travel.
UK agents Ophellia McKnight (left) of Bridal Affair Destinations (left) and Karen Hopkins, Co-operative Personal Travel Advisors.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Wedding and Honeymoon Travel's Sharon Little, Fox Travel's Donna Daniels, Travel by Nelson's Bev Silverness, Shinetravel.ca's Pauline Blacoe and Travel Only's Jennifer Borgh were the top performers at the Jamaica Tourist Board's One Love Travel Specialist Awards on Monday night.

The five, representing the United States of America and Canada, shared the spotlight with 45 other specialists, rounding out the top 50 sales agents who have placed Jamaica at the top of their game.

They were fÍted Gatsby-style at an all-white cocktail, dinner and rewards ceremony at the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara in Montego Bay hosted by the JTB.

Their evening at the new Montego Bay resort was enhanced by the creme de la creme of Jamaican music from resident band, InfuJon, which rocked the beautifully decorated ballroom with the country's iconic reggae sounds.

Marlene Johnson of MJ Travel Group, Mark Hennigan of Dreamers Travel, Doris Graham of Time for Travel Limited, Andrea Williams of Exquistive Vacations Inc, and Claire Robinson, formerly of Air Jamaica (Caribbean Airlines), who now operates Claire Skies Travel, kept the USA market alive and at the apex of the leader ladder.

They all placed in the top 10.

Not be outdone, nine travel agents out of the United Kingdom were recognised for their outstanding contribution to helping to sustain Jamaica's dominance in the travel and tourism industry.

At the end of the evening, it was revealed that the group of 50 had sold some 101,000 room nights, equating to over US$18 million.

Presenting the awards was Minister of Tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill, assisted by Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook, Deputy Director Donnie Dawson, Regional Manager Janice Allen, and senior managers Marcia Bullock, Marcia Sinclair and Phillip Rose.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com