Sandals announces winners of 6th Ultra Awards

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OCHO RIOS, Jamaica -- The sixth annual Ultra Awards were presented at Sandals Ocho Rios Golf Resort.

The awards recognize Sandals' industry partners who demonstrate excellence in sales performance and marketing innovation, according to a Sandals spokesman.

Tour operators and wholesalers who contracted with Sandals Resorts were eligible for the awards. The event was cosponsored by Sandals Resorts and Travel Weekly.

  • Winners in the top yield performance category were MLT Vacations for Sandals Montego Bay; Air Jamaica Vacations for Sandals Royal Caribbean; Funjet for Sandals Inn, and Apple Vacations for Sandals Dunn's River Golf Resort & Spa, Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa and Beaches Negril.
  • Travel Impressions won the award for top yield at Sandals Ocho Rios Golf Resort and Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa, and Sunburst Holidays took it for Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa.

    Gogo Worldwide Vacations won the award for Sandals St. Lucia Golf Resort & Spa. Key Tours won it for Sandals Halcyon St. Lucia. Nassau Paradise Island Experience took it for Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa, and Globetrotters won for Beaches Inn/Poinciana Beach Resort.

  • Winners in the category of top growth production (based on largest dollar sales volume increase from 1997-1998 to 1998-1999) were First Choice for the U.K. and Paradise Holidays for the U.S.
  • Leaders in the top suite seller category were Air Jamaica Vacations for Sandals Montego Bay and Beaches Negril; MLT Vacations for Sandals Royal Caribbean; Funjet Vacations for Sandals Dunn's River, and Travel Impressions for Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa.
  • Gogo won for Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa and Sandals St. Lucia Golf Resort & Spa.

    Certified Vacations won the award for Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa.

  • The top group producer was Mike Boland of Maritz Travel.
  • Top-producing tour operator in the U.S. was Apple Vacations. Funjet Vacations came in second, followed by MLT Vacations.
  • Kuoni Travel was the top operator in the U.K.
  • British Airways Holidays came in second.

    Air Canada Vacations was the top operator in Canada

  • Receiving the award for No. 1 producer for the sixth consecutive year was Gogo.
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