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Saturday,  July 13, 2024 11:25 AM 

On Location: Top performing TTAND agents honoured at Supplier Awards in Jordan

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  •   06-12-2024  9:25 am
  •   Pax Global Media

On Location: Top performing TTAND agents honoured at Supplier Awards in Jordan
From left: Flemming Friisdahl, TTAND; Wendy Steppler; Carolina Bellina & Scott Reid, Hyatt Inclusive Collection. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

The Travel Agent Next Door (TTAND) recently wrapped up its 2024 “Trailblazers” conference and 10-year anniversary celebration in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan – an immersive experience from June 2-9 that participants called “epic,” “extraordinary” and “eye opening.”

Involving nearly 300 Canadian travel professionals (227 agents, 37 supplier reps and 20 TTAND staff), the highly-anticipated trip was sponsored by G Adventures, the Jordan Tourism Board and Royal Jordanian Airlines, which provided a private flight, aboard a 787 Dreamliner jet, to Amman, Jordan, from Toronto, ON.

In between activities, which includes supplier one-on-ones, workshops, beach parties, visits to Planeterra projects and eye-popping tours of Petra and Wadi Rum, TTAND’s network of 1,400 agents were recognized for their sales accomplishments.

READ MORE: On Location - “It was extraordinary”: TTAND conference wraps up in Jordan; G's Bruce Poon Tip delivers keynote

A formal awards gala was held at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, a hotel facing the Dead Sea, on June 5, where top performing agents and agencies were honoured. (See the winners here). 

Agents and suppliers visit The Treasury in Petra. (Pax Global Media)

TTAND also held its own version of the People’s Choice Awards, its Supplier Partner Awards, which are voted on by agents themselves. (See the winners here).

READ MORE: On Location: TTAND honours top agents at awards gala in Jordan; national media tunes in

At the event’s closing session on Sunday (June 9), a final round of awards took place – supplier awards, for top-producing agents.

Held at the Mövenpick resort in Aqaba, a port city in Jordan facing the Red Sea, participating suppliers joined TTAND’s President and Founder, Flemming Friisdahl, on a stage to call up the host agency’s best.

From left: Flemming Friisdahl, TTAND; Maizy Alexander; Brenda Lynne Yeomans, Celebrity Cruises. (Pax Global Media)

Here’s a complete list of this year’s winners:

Company Name

Top Producer


Travel by Toni - Toni Linde

Elevation Travel : Garth Layden

Air Canada

Mary Jane Hiebert

Air Canada Vacations

Sharlene Philipchuk


Paula Stewart
Rhian Torontow
Lynda Jeffery

Azamara Cruises

Brenda Ostlund


Lisa Kay

Celebrity Cruises

Anna Abbandonato
Jeffrey Cohen
Maizy Alexander


Collette Trabucco
Kathy Kean
Cathy Firster

DMCi Inc.

Elevation Travel - Meridel & Garth Layden
Shelley's Sun & Sand - Shelley Cota
Marcia Proctor

G Adventures

Chen Yu

Gateways International Tailor-made Tours

Terri Suomi

Globus Family of Brands

Lynn Holinski
Shelley Pfeifer
Mary Pugh

Goway Travel

Karen Fournier

Hyatt Inclusive Collection

Wendy Steppler

Insight Vacations

Ola Ulewicz

Kensington Tours

Andrea White
Scott Waldron


Oceania Cruises

Christine MacFarlane
Lise Coghlan
Heather Lavender


Karren Moore
Judith Coates

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Garth Layden

Royal Caribbean International

Ken Houston
Gail Donovan
James Li

Royal Irish Tours

Wendy Weir
Wayne & Kathie Ashby
Cindy Almond


Jeff Cohen
Iain Perks
Linda DeRusha

Star Clippers

Shelley Cota
Iain Perkins
Eileen Stanley


Sylvette Deveau 


Ernestina Garland
Maria Garcia


Serina Bowles

Virgin Voyages

Sean Mills

Highest Insurance Close Ratio

Primary Agent

Kyla Coe

Highest Insurance Close Ratio

Silver/Gold Agent

Jacqueline Darian-Varzeliotis

Highest Insurance Close Ratio


Pattie Kisilewich

Highest Insurance Close Ratio

Associate Agent

Frances  Gertsch

Highest Insurance Sales

Primary Agent

Kyla Coe

Highest Insurance Sales

Silver/Gold Agent

Chrystal Robert-Macey

Highest Insurance Sales


Garth Layden

Highest Insurance Sales


Frances  Gertsch