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TCI: Travel Agents Shine Bright at Sandals Resorts Annual S.T.A.R Awards



#TurksandCaicos, February 07, 2018 – Providenciales – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) celebrated the 16th Annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (S.T.A.R.) Awards to honor the top travel agents in the SRI network, on January 26, 2018 at beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos.  A total of 300 travel agents and companions from North America, Canada and Latin America attended the conference in Providenciales to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the Sandals brand.  Many notable figures from the Turks and Caicos community attended the awards ceremony, including the Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands, His Excellency Dr. John Freeman; Deputy Governor, Her Excellency Anya Williams; The Premier of Turks & Caicos Islands, Hon. Sharlene Cartwight-Robinson and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs.

Many travel agents displayed their stellar work with top award wins, including the Chairman’s Award for Eileen Nason of Discenerning Journeys; the CEO Award of Excellence for Tracy Mcgaughey of A-Aarons All Inclusive Travel and Flemming Friisdahl of Travel Agent Next Door; and Wedding Vibe as the top USA Sandals travel agency. Below is a full breakdown of all S.T.A.R. Awards winners.


Sandals Resorts created the S.T.A.R. Awards in 2002 as a way to recognize top travel agents and their agencies as well as showcase the latest resort products and on-island attractions.  In addition to top product, regional and national categories, the S.T.A.R. Awards announced the Worldwide Top Ten Travel Agencies, Chairman and CEO Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Among the impressive awards taken home this year, the distinguished group of winners included the following:

  • Lifetime Achievement Awards:

o    Kim Cook, Love To Travel

o    Wanda Keefer, All-Seasons Vacations

o    Mary Fowler, Riverside Tours And Travel

o    Marcia Perkins, Destination Wedding.Com

o    Georgiann Jowarskji,  Custom Travel Services

o    Bonnie Rygg-Haley – Bon Voyage Travel

o    Lisa Hoppe, Lisa Hoppe Consulting

o    Robert Rizzo, Travel Only

o    Barbara Scrocco, Travel Only

o    Lisa Tetzlaff, Valente Travel


  • Outstanding Achievement- Social Media:

o    Katie May,  Classic Travel Connections


  • CEO’s Award of Excellence:

o    Tracy Mcgaughey, A-Aarons All Inclusive Travel

o    Flemming Friisdahl, Travel Agent Next Door


  • Chairman’s Award:

o    Eileen Nason, Discerning Journeys


  • Outstanding Sales Achievement-Weddings:

o    Marcia Perkins, Destination Weddings.Com

o    Lynn Thomas, Alpha World Travel

o    Wanda Keefer, All-Seasons Vacations

o    Denise Kerkhoff, Wedding Vibe

o    Terri Flood, Escapes Unlimited, Az

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  • Worldwide Top Sandals Travel Agency:

o    For Usa – Wedding Vibe

o    For Canada – Tripcentral.Ca, Bedford


  • Worldwide Contribution to the Sandals Foundation:

o    Wanda Keefer owner of


  • Worldwide Top Ten Travel Agencies:
  1. Wedding Vibe, Bristol
  2. Enchanted Honeymoons, Omaha
  3. Twinsburg Travel Cruise Inc.
  4. Royal Travel, Maryville
  5. Island Getaways, Brookfield
  6. Discerning Journeys
  7. V.I.P. Vacations Inc.
  8. Loyalty One Travel Services, Canada
  9. Escapes Unlimited, Az, Llc
  10. Classic Travel Connections


  • Top Retail Travel Agency Chain Worldwide:

o    Liberty Travel


  • Top Producing Agency in Latin America:

o    Honeymoons SAC/Travel shop, Peru


Release: Sandals Resorts


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#TurksandCaicos, May 22, 2024 – As Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I assure our American friends that the Turks and Caicos Islands prioritizes hospitality, cultural exchange, and mutual respect.  You will find our doors open and our hearts eager to share the warmth and beauty of our homeland.  We value the trust and confidence travelers from around the world place in us when they choose the Turks and Caicos Islands as their destination.  Transparency and accountability are paramount in our operations, ensuring that our decisions are made lawfully and in the best interests of all residents and visitors.

The Turks & Caicos Islands welcome over one million visitors each year, more than half of whom are American.

Respect for the rule of law and an independent judiciary are key tenants of our justice system, and all persons are equal in the eyes of the law.  Judges are permitted to use their discretion in sentencing individuals who have been convicted of violating our Firearms law. In fact, in cases that occurred prior to the five cases that have generated media coverage, the mandatory 12-year minimum sentence has never been imposed by the Court because judges determined in each case that exceptional circumstances warranted shorter sentences.

Our justice system is designed to uphold the rights and freedoms of all individuals, regardless of their place of origin, while maintaining the security and integrity of our Islands.  Our judicial and law enforcement institutions are dedicated to impartiality and consistency in enforcing our laws.

Recent events have underscored the importance of adhering to the principles of justice and accountability.  Let me be clear: In the Turks and Caicos Islands, the law stands firm and applies to everyone equally, without exception.  Our commitment to the rule of law is unwavering and remains a cornerstone of our democratic values.

We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all citizens, residents and visitors.

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EXCLUSIVE!  Police black CID Vehicle shot up by bandits in Five Cays



Wilkie Arthur

Court Correspondent


#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2024 – It was an uneasy night on Tuesday May 14 for some residents of Five Cays, Providenciales owing to continuous, serious fire power with gun shots blaring in various areas of the community.

Some say they heard shots in Granny Hill and reported a man walking around with a gun, randomly shooting at unidentifiable targets. Some say shots were heard behind the Enid Capron Primary School.  Some say they heard gun shot sounds coming from a residential area as well.

The most compelling accounts, however, were on reported events in another area called “The Wells”; a community in the depths of Five Cays and South Dock.

Criminals took on law enforcement in a gun battle involving the armored truck and a CID vehicle.

No members of the Royal TCI Police were hit.

Not the same for the other side.  One person was hit, a young man not known to police and it’s not clear if he was one of the men shooting at the police or an innocently caught in the crossfire.

The man was arrested as a possible suspect.  He is also in hospital with an “entrance and exit” gunshot wound.

During the shootout in The Wells, the CID vehicle was shot at repeatedly, disabling its movement as gunfire damaged the engine. Concerning to us, these shootings were at different times and locations but came in rapid succession; one right after the other, I was told.

Most described the sounds as coming “from some big guns.”

Police the morning after allowed me in to see up close.

Video, photos feature my EXCLUSIVE, close-up look at the damage done by criminals; it is clear high powered rifles were used by these suspects still at large.

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Charred Remains Found in Back Seat of Completely Burnt Vehicle



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent


#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – A gruesome discovery was made around midday today (Sunday, May 19th, 2024) when police and fire rescue teams responded to a call at a location on Blue Hills Back Road, off Millennium Highway. The area, situated next to the Fortis Sub-Station, is accessible via a long, secluded dirt road.

Upon arrival, authorities found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle was later removed by police after being alerted by an anonymous source to its burnt-out location. Local residents indicated that the fire had been ignited around 2-3 a.m. earlier that morning, but authorities were not notified until later in the day.

Residents could not provide details about the individual inside the vehicle or even discern its color due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. Videos of the discovery location are available, but footage of the vehicle itself will be provided once it has been located. The vehicle was reportedly still burning when police arrived at the scene.

Official Royal TCI Police Report:

Media Release – May 19th, 2024: Active Investigation Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are currently on the scene of a vehicle fire in the Blue Hills, Providenciales area. Acting on received information, officers arrived at the location along North Side Close and discovered a burnt vehicle with what appeared to be a body inside.
The RTCIPF is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of this incident. As this is an active investigation, more details will be provided to the public as they become available.

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