Over 130 international travel agents were welcomed to Jamaica’s eastern parishes as Sandals Ochi Beach Resort (SOBR) and Beaches Ocho Rios played host to the ninth Annual Independent Travel Consultant’s Conference.
The five-day conference, from September 28 to October 3, was designed to showcase destination Jamaica and the Sandals brand, included a Travel Agent Portal training, Sandals Wedding Moon® Workshop, a marketing forum to help agents grow their business, and familiarization tours of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resort in Montego Bay and the Ocho Rios region.
Gebhard Rainer, CEO for Sandals Resort International and Ramel Sobrino, General Manager for SOBR greeted the agents during the Welcome Cocktail party.
A special guest appearance from Gary Sadler, Vice President of Sales for North America, was, for many, a highlight.
Each of the travel agents was encouraged to “Pack for a Purpose,” a Sandals Foundation event in which visitors bring a child’s backpack filled with supplies to donate to the area schools. Children from Exchange All Age and Ocho Rios Preparatory schools were on hand to accept some of the donations and to show their appreciation with entertaining cultural performances.
By Franklin McKnight