TORONTO — Sandals and Beaches Resorts presented their ‘Game Changer’ unveiling last night to more than 500 travel agents, including many Sandals Certified Specialists.
The event was one of 22 unveilings taking part in cities across Canada and the U.S. Agents heard about the latest new game-changing initiatives available at Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and recognized the contributions and achievements of both travel agents and members of the Sandals team in Canada.
Zeina Gedeon, the new CEO of TravelBrands, said TravelBrands is looking to grow and improve its partnership with Sandals. Air Canada Vacations President and COO Eamonn Ferrin said ACV will have more than 300,000 seats to Sandals and Beaches destinations this winter.
The new ‘Honeymoon Hop’ program allows couples to wed at one resort and honeymoon at another, said Marsha Ann Donaldson-Brown, Director of Weddings and Romance. There are now 18 Sandals and Beaches Resorts on eight islands across the Caribbean.
Couples can also check out a resort pre-wedding with a short-stay ‘Test Drive’, and qualify for a US$500 honeymoon credit.
Donaldson-Brown said Millennial couples especially are looking for “fun, memorable and exciting” weddings. Couples getting married at Sandals Resorts gave Sandals wedding planners a 96% satisfaction rating in a recent survey, she added.
Sandals’ and Beaches’ ‘Gourmet Discovery Dining’ program now offers over 168 restaurants across all 18 resorts including new concepts such as Indian food, tapas and Southern Table, and top-shelf menu items like Blue Mountain coffee, Wagyu beef and lobster.
Also new, teens and tweens at Beaches Resorts can relax with ‘Ginger Lily’-concept treatments as part of their Red Lane Spa experience. The Ginger Lily lineup includes the Slumber Bar massage, the Scrub-A-Dub-Dub, Quench Bar smoothies and the Bling Bar for nail services. Red Lane staff are now receiving over 1,000 hours of training, said Patrick Huey, Director of Spa and Fitness.