Travel advisors on location for the Amazing Agent Celebration by AMResorts and AMR Collection were invited to attend a festive launch event for Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa, which officially opens on Dec. 7.
The elaborate affair on Dec. 2 featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, fashion show and fireworks with designers, Mexican dignitaries and special guest model Alessandra Ambrosio, a former Victoria’s Secret Angel, in attendance. The double celebration also marked the 20th anniversary for AMResorts.
The second annual Amazing Agent Celebration, which recognizes top performing agents and travel agent leadership from Canada and the US, is being held at Dreams Vista Cancun Golf & Spa Resort until Dec. 4.
“The Amazing Agents Celebration is our way to thank our top Canadian and US travel agents for their support and partnership, and help them succeed further through dedicated programming, rewards and networking,” Carolina Bellina, Senior Director of Canadian Sales, told Travel Courier onsite at the event. “Canada remains a very important market and driver for AMR Collection, as we know Canadian residents are eager to travel. Our agents’ expertise and leadership help their clients enjoy seamless travel experiences, trusting that any protocols are taken care of. By connecting with agents in person at this annual celebration, not only can they experience our luxury resort offerings for themselves, but we’re able to give them the education and resources to help their clients travel with confidence.”
Throughout four days, agents have the chance to network with key executives and take part in educational seminars as well as a variety of excursions and programming like a beach party, catamaran ride and more. The event culminates with a special gala recognizing top travel advisors, who earned complimentary travel and resort accommodations for themselves and a guest. During a general assembly, all honourees were also awarded return stays for two in Mexico at Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen, which is set to open in February and marks one of seven soon-to-open properties in the AMR Collection.
“It feels wonderful to attend in person events again,” says Jamie Milton, Managing Partner of Uniglobe Carefree Travel, one of a crew of 19 Canadian agents in attendance. “It’s important for us to remember the value of these personal connections and in person networking, plus the added benefit of getting to experience the ‘new’ travel processes first hand. The first hand experience is invaluable – whether it’s explaining the new proof of vaccination procedures, to explaining the amazing protocols the resorts having in place. It’s our job to give our clients expert advice and travelling first hand allows us to do so.”
The Canadian agent contingency consists of: Megan Baugh, Baconko Travels; Sharon Boissonneault, House of Travel; Veronique Capra, Voyages Bergeron; Marjorie Dejong, Transat Travel Peterborough; Ashley Doell, TPI; Tannis Dyrland, Travel With Tannis; Sarah Griffiths, Flight Centre Groups Canada; Laurie Keith, Romantic Planet Vacations; Luc Lacroix, Voyages Fontainebleau; Manon Langelier, Les Voyages Laurier du Vallon; MichelleLoran, Vacations Away Inc.; Steve Marcotte, Voyages Terre et Monde; Jamie Milton, Uniglobe Carefree Travel; Steve Moore, Liz Moore Destination Weddings; Susanne Rogers, CAA South Central Ontario; Chris Rollinson, Skyland Travel Inc. / escapes.ca; Al Valente, Valente Travel Inc.; Richard Villeneuve, Voyages en direct; and Darlene Wipp, Nexion Canada.
Pictured in the photos:
- Darlene Wipp, Nexion Canada; Tannis Dyrland, Travel With Tannis and Jamie Milton, Uniglobe Carefree Travel.
- Alejandro Reynal Ample, President, CEO at Apple Leisure Group
- Ashley Doell, TPI; Jamie Milton, Uniglobe Carefree Travel and Sharon Boissonneault, House of Travel.
- The welcome reception at Dreams Vista was loaded with entertainment
- A look at a room at Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa.