RIU Hotels & Resorts awarded its top U.S. and Canada travel agency partners at its first annual Riu Partner Club Awards held at the Riu Palace Aruba.
Agencies recognized were rewarded with a trip for two to Aruba to attend the Riu Partner Club Awards Ceremony. In addition to the awards program, they were treated to a VIP weekend, inclusive of special tours of the island, recreational activities and special events.
The goal of the awards is to recognize the best Riu Partner Club travel agent in the United States and Canada in an effort to demonstrate the consolidation of the Riu Partner Club program among travel agents in both countries. The awards also aim to strengthen RIU brand loyalty in the US and Canadian market and re-launch other programs such as Riu Agents, Riu Specialist; the city hotel line Riu Plaza as well as Weddings and Groups (MICE).
In attendance on behalf of RIU Hotels RPC USA team was Sergi Ruiz Pique, VP of Business Development and Partner Marketing; Hugo Aguilera, Director of Business Development and Partner Marketing; Yazmin Vargas, Partner Marketing Manager; Flor Rodriguez, Manager, Business Development; Marite Cuevas Hunter, BDM Texas and National Accounts; Nova-Lee Black, BDM Midwest; Fernanda Rodriguez, BDM West Coast and Karina Olivera BDM Southeast. RIU’s Canadian team was represented by Sergi Ruiz Pique and Hugo Aguilera with their Valerie Ward (BDM - Ontario), Sandra Mallete (BDM - Quebec) and Christy King (BDM - Western Canada).
List of Canadian winners by category
- Top Seller Canada: Sell off Vacations
- Top Seller Western Canada: Escapes.ca
- Top Seller Ontario: Red Tag
- Top Seller Quebec: Voyages Bergeron
- Top Online Retail Agency: iTravel2000.com
- Top Seller Caribbean: Voyages Jean Pierre
- Top Seller Central America: Voyages Paradis
- Top Seller Mexican Caribbean: Vacations Direct/Red Tag
- Top Seller Mexican Pacific Coast: Sell off Vacations
- Top Groups/Weddings Seller Western Canada: Murrayville Travel
- Top Groups/Weddings Seller Ontario: Shoreline Travel
- Top Groups/Weddings Seller Quebec: Voyages Aqua Terra
- Rising Star Western Canada: Discovery Travel
- Rising Star Ontario: Flight Centre
- Rising Star Quebec: Laurier du Vallon
- Rising Star Groups: Voyage Gendron
- Most Improved Agency Western Canada: Ixtapa Travel & Uniglobe Action
- Most Improved Agency Ontario: Planavacation.ca
- Most Improved Agency Quebec: Voyages Michel Barrette