More than 70 American travel agents are presently in Antigua to discover more about the country’s tourism product on the eve of the start of the winter season. They arrived at the VIP lounge of the V.C. Bird International Airport on Saturday as part of the Sandals Grande Antigua “Rising Star” group.
Sandals Resorts assembled the group of experienced and rookie travel agents who have shown promise in selling the company’s product.
General Manager Gaurav Sindhi said while the agents are here primarily to learn more about the Sandals product and to understand what sets it apart, they will also be exploring the island.
“Even though Sandals is an all-inclusive resort we encourage our guests to get off property and learn a little bit about the Antiguan culture and to see some of the local sights. We want the travel agents to be able to tell their clients about the off-property excursions.”
“While here, the agents will take several tours including the ATV Adventure Tour, Island Safari and horseback riding,” Sindhi said.
The agents will also be participating in the Sandals Foundation’s Reading Road Trip where they will venture to the Sandals-supported Villa Primary School to read and interact with the pre-school, kindergarten and grade one students.
“We are proud of what we have been able to do with the Sandals Foundation and the impact we have had on communities in Antigua and so we are excited to share a little bit of that with our rising star travel agents.
“Travelers today are more socially conscious and many want to make sure their money is being spent in a way that improves the local community and many want to volunteer while on vacation. We want the travel agents to know that their clients have those options at Sandals.”
The rising star group will also tour the Grand Pineapple Beach resort on Long Bay before returning home on Tuesday.