Golden Anniversary TravelOnly’s gala marks 50 years


On Saturday, January 20, TravelOnly hosted the TADA Golden Anniversary Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Celebrating 50 years of excellence in the travel industry, the weekend event kicked off with a cocktail reception followed by opening remarks from Ann and Greg Luciani, who presented the Patrick Luciani Community Award in honor of the late founder and president of TravelOnly. unfortunately he passed away in April 2020.

During the event, the following Top Preferred Suppliers were awarded:

  • Top Preferred Supplier Award in Cruise 2023 | Norwegian Cruise Line – Cindy Girard
  • Top Preferred Supplier Award in River Cruise 2023 | AmaWaterways – Sandra Gardiner / Neil Dudley
  • Top Preferred Tour Operator 2023 | Sunwing – Dave Wright
  • Personality of the Year 2023 | Krista Rothfuchs – Air Canada Vacations
  • Most Supportive BDM 2023 | Brian Joseph – Hyatt Inclusive Collection
  • Most Engaged Partner of the Year 2023 | WestJet Vacations – Sevi Anagnostis
  • Top Breakout Partner of the Year | Viking – Jordana Botting
  • Top Overall Preferred Partner | TravelBrands – Diane Lattavo

Top Producer awards and prizes were also given out to the following:

Platinum Partners   

  • Air Canada Vacations Top Producer | Joe Kemp                                
  • Hyatt Inclusive Collection Top Producer | Sarah Boville
  • TravelBrands Top Producers | Dashnor Hasku & Bujar Zejnullahu

Gold Partners                 

  • AmaWaterways Top Producer | Nicola Radde
  • Sunwing Top Producer | Carina Shortliffe 
  • WestJet Top Producer | Jackie Lunn
  • WestJet Vacations Top Producer | Helena Peters

Silver Partners

  • Celebrity Cruises Top Producer | Pat Probert & Mary de Almeida
  • Club Med Top Producer | Danielle Freeman                      
  • Explora Journeys Top Producer | Barbara Scrocco & Robert Rizzo
  • Globus Family of Brands Top Producer | Steve Carey
  • Manulife Top Producer | Patrick Probert & Mary de Almeida
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Top Producer |  Robert Pittelli
  • Playa Resorts & Hotels Top Producer | Amanda Beaver
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Top Producer | Jennifer Arsenault
  • Transat Top Producer | Brian Kendrick
  • Uniworld Top Producer | Pat Probert & Mary de Almeida                           
  • Viking Top Producer | Tracey Clarke                                       
  • Visit Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Top Producer | Brenda Slater

Gala sponsors

The following sponsors were in attendance for the gala:

Platinum sponsors

  • Air Canada Vacations – Ana Paula De Souza, Erminia Nigro & Krista Rothfuchs 
  • Hyatt Inclusive Collection – Brian Joseph & Carolina Bellina 
  • TravelBrands – Lina Côté & Tanya States 

Gold sponsors

  • AmaWaterways – Sandra Gardiner & Neil Dudley
  • Sunwing – Dave Wright
  • WestJet – Melissa Peterson WestJet Vacations – Sevi Anagnostis

Silver sponsors

  • Celebrity Cruises – Brenda Yeomans 
  • Club Med – Samantha Gillingham
  • Explora Journeys – Patricia Di Benedetto 
  • Globus Family of Brands – Hilary Brown 
  • Manulife – Karen Salviato Norwegian Cruise Line – Cindy Girard
  • Playa Resorts & Hotels – Andi Bacho 
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Transat – Justin Clarey
  • Uniworld – Ernie Balint
  • Viking – Jordana Botting
  • Visit Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority – Tameka Wharton & Kyle Christian

Top producers of 2023 were also recognized:

TravelOnly MVP 2023 | Shannon Smith

TravelOnly Personality of the Year 2023 | Robert Pittelli

TravelOnly Top Producers 2023

  • Sales Growth | Tracey Clarke
  • Rookie of the Year | Daniel Slupeiks
  • Top Rising Star | Sandi Liang
  • Top All Star | Meaghan Petz
  • Top Producer Atlantic Canada | Carina Shortliffe
  • Top Producer Prairies Canada | Denise Taylor
  • Top Producer Quebec Canada | Carole Roy
  • Top Producer Alberta Canada | Holly Slater
  • Top Producer British Columbia | Tracey Robertson
  • Top Producer Ontario Canada | Pat Probert & Mary de Almeida


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