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Antigua & Barbuda recognizes 6 Canadian agents

Antigua & Barbuda recognizes 6 Canadian agents

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Office are honouring six Canadian travel agents who have excelled in promoting and selling vacations to the Caribbean destination known for its 365 beaches.

“These agents have become my extended family,” said Tameka Wharton, sales and marketing manager at The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Office in Toronto. “The travel agents that we’re celebrating have set themselves apart in very simple ways.”

The national recognition is two-tiered and goes to Canadian travel professionals who have achieved high sales based on bookings logged on their training profile at and also those who showed exemplary customer engagement after completing one of our 2017 familiarization (FAM) trips.

For their efforts, the six travel agents honoured by The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Office each received a special edition hand-crafted and painted wine glass featuring an iconic symbol of Antigua and Barbuda.

The agents include:

  • Kelly Rodgers, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Trenton, ON – Top Selling Agent for 2017
  • Patti Dougan, Vision Travel Solutions, Waterloo, ON – Second Highest Sales for 2017
  • Olimpia Govorusa, Flight Centre TD Centre, Toronto, ON– One of the Top Three Sellers for 2017
  • Andrea Arkell, Uxbridge Travel Centre, Uxbridge, ON – Sold My Host Hotel
  • Amanda Drexler, Travel Agents in Action, Brampton, ON – Recognition for Social Media Engagement and for Being the First to Book the Destination After Completing FAM
  • Lori Smith, WanderLori Travel, Arcola, Saskatchewan – Travelled The Furthest Distance to Invest in Her Profession

“Our travel agents are Antiguan ambassadors,” says Wharton of the successful six agents, who reside across Canada. “We wanted to let them know we appreciate their efforts while encouraging other agents to get involved.”

In partnership with WestJet Vacations, Antigua and Barbuda hosted more than 50 Canadian travel agents on FAM trips in Spring 2017, giving travel professionals the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Antigua and Barbuda to better serve their clients.

“Guided FAMs allow agents to make connections with the right industry partners and better qualify clients,” says Wharton, who organizes FAM trips. “The destination and tourism board get to partner with travel professionals as we invest in their professional growth.” “Informing agents about the expansion of Antigua and Barbuda’s airlift in 2017 was key to our positive growth,” said Colin Skerritt, Director of Tourism, Canada. “Flights are now available with WestJet, Air Canada and Sunwing, which offers non-stop service out of Toronto and Montreal.”

Antigua and Barbuda’s FAM trips offer travel agents experiences specific to local life, too, such as joining a street parade at Antigua’s Summer Festival, participating in boat races at Antigua Sailing Week or learning how to cook authentic local cuisine.

“Seeing agents connect after taking them to the destination, maintaining communication, sharing ideas and a friendship is most rewarding to me,” said Wharton. “The sales become natural.”

Details on Antigua and Barbuda’s upcoming travel agent FAM trips can be found at or emailing