Friday June 10/2011
So I started off with a flight on Air Canada Friday evening at 6:25pm and missed the hockey game as Air Canada does not show real time television. Made it to Toronto on time but it took about an hour and a half for the luggage, still not seen any hockey highlights.
My overnight hotel was the Radisson hotel and Suites a short shuttle ride from the airport. To get on the shuttle you head down to P3 look for the hotel shuttle sign. I was asked for a voucher which I had never received but I did have my confirmation in hand so he let me get on. There was another agent from Uniglobe Geo waiting with her daughter as well so we all jumped on the shuttle and were finally going to see what happened in the hockey game.
Arrived at the Radisson and checked in which was very painless. When I entered my room I did notice that it was getting a little tired looking but oh well, only here for one night. Then the hunt for the remote was on, checked every crook and cranny and could not find it. I could turn on the TV but I couldn’t turn the channels without the remote so still no hockey highlights. I decided to find them on my computer as WI Fi is included, when someone from the hotel did show up to bring me a remote they ended up just taking one from the room across the hall.
Saturday June 11/2011
Our Transat flight departed Toronto for Jamaica at 12:45 and we arrived on time to Jamaica. The line at immigration was massive, we waited for about an hour to finally get through and then waited on the bus for another hour as some of the agents decided to take other transportation and didn’t let anyone know. We finally arrived at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, the property is exactly the same as it was two years ago when I was here. No surprises for me, can’t really say the same for some others. Check-in was quick, I am staying in building 1 on the 4th floor with a ocean pool view. In my opinion the Holiday Inn is a 3 or 3 ½ star property, the food is probably the biggest drawback and the furnishing in the buffet. The property does have its return clients, which is great, if you are looking for a budget property with a good location then yes you will do fine here. The transfer from the airport to the hotel is about 10 minutes so if you have children and you don’t want to travel across the island maybe think about this property. There seem to be a lot of younger adults here as well as young families.
Sunday June 12/2011
So our day starts at 9:00am and we are off to the Good Hope Plantation were we will be meeting up with the other groups who have been in Jamaica since Wednesday. We were told of the history of the great house and plantation and then taken on a tour. After that was complete they had planned a treasure hunt where 4 people from each team had to compete, the winners were from Sunquest.
After we completed the morning with Good Hope we were then given over to Chukka Tours who have just opened a new location. The new location is close to the new cruise port of Falmouth, this is close enough that if you make the stop on your cruise you will be able to do one of the tours the Chukka has. This time with Chukka I did the river kayaking which was great as it was sooooo hot that it was nice to be on the water and get cooled off. If you do have a large group I would recommend calling ahead as they may not have enough equipment for everyone to do the ATV’s or Dune buggies.
Finally around 4:30pm we are on our way back to the hotel, it has been a very hot and tiring day with a lot of waiting around and not that much shade. We did have a few people that didn’t handle the heat very well and were pretty sick on the bus ride back to our hotel.
We are now off to the Half Moon resort for our Gala evening, OMG this place is gorgeous. They really know how to make you feel special and welcome. The appies and drinks were very tasty, one of my favourites was bacon wrapped banana, yum. Dinner was served in the convention centre were they served us: cream of pumpkin soup, coconut snapper and an angle cake for dessert. The soup and desert were great, I am not a fish eater so my problem. We finished up at Half Moon and headed back to the Holiday Inn which is a 2 minute bus ride. My first stop was the beach bar for a cheese burger, I must say the cheese burgers at the beach bar are very tasty. A few of us decided that we needed to go for a dip around midnight, I decided about 1:30am that it was time to turn in.
Gala Awards Night. Selected agents and agencies were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their outstanding sales performance.