The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) Announces 2014 Piton Award Recipients

In acknowledgement of a record-breaking year of 11% growth in visitor arrivals, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) announces its top selling travel agents and Piton Award winners for 2014.

In honor and recognition of the accomplishments of these select agents, and as a sign of its appreciation of their efforts, the Tourist Board will host its first annual Piton Awards Island Fete, from Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14, 2015. This four-day affair includes adventure and culinary island tours and a special awards ceremony.

The awards recognize top booking travel agents and agencies as part of the Preferred Agent Saint Lucia Specialist (PASS) education and training program.

“The Piton Award recipients represent an elite category of travel partners and we welcome the chance to celebrate with them,” said Tracey Warner Arnold, deputy director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “The Tourist Board is so appreciative of their support – and of all our travel agent partners – to Saint Lucia’s tourism industry.”

Please see list of top booking agents below and those receiving the coveted Piton Award by region for 2014 (in bold) include:



Janet Simicic, Ship To Shore Travel – East Northport, NY

Beth Skypeck, Hurley Travel Experts – Portland, ME

Susan Lange, Travel Solutions – Whitinsville, MA

Stacy Evos, A Girls Gotta Go – Cambridge, MA

Nancy Cronin, Travel Leaders – Nashua, NH



Nancy Finn, Island Getaways LLC – Brookfield, WI

Niki Rakowitz,  Care Travel – Manhattan, KS

Lisa Hoppe, Lisa Hoppe Travel – Wauwatosa, WI

Scott Jones, EZ Travelpad – Indianapolis, IN

Christina Sponseller, Unlimited Vacations –

Cuyahoga Falls, OH


Mid Atlantic:

Jennifer Doncesecz, VIP Vacations – Bethlehem, PA

Mark Hennigan, Dreamers Travel – Hampstead, MD

Thomas Varghese, Travel Tom – Rockville, MD

Sally Smith, Travelsmith – Point Pleasant, NJ

Linda Harger, Sunbeam Travel – Cranberry Township, PA


West coast:

Kari Mollan, Stellar Travel – Bellevue, WA

Tamara Seminaris, Bradford House Travel – Ontario, CA



Viki Couch, Explorations Travel – Atlanta, GA

Kimberly Felix, Honeymoons Inc. – Buford, GA

Tammy Levent, Elite Travel Management Group – Tampa Bay, FL

Terry Heck, Terry’s Travel – Cypress, TX

Dawn Gray, 4 Moons Travel – Jamestown, NC



Throughout the four-day Piton Award Island Fete, the top selling travel agents and Piton Award winners will experience Saint Lucia’s adventurous side through a variety of land and sea based excursions. The agents will also receive a real taste of the island through planned culinary activities at leading island resorts and special tree-to-bar chocolate-making experience.

For more information on PASS and the Piton Awards, travel agents can contact a North America-based Saint Lucia representative:


Mid Atlantic: Hortensia Joseph

Phone: 908-486-2559



North East/West Coast: Lorine Charles-St. Jules Phone: 908-686-4164



Mid West: Ingrid Stewart

Phone: 708-922-0369



Southeast: Kelly Fontenelle- Clarke

Phone: 678-377-0170


For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, 1-888-4STLUCIA or visit

Preferred Agent Saint Lucia Specialist (PASS) Program

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has partnered with Recommend magazine for their Preferred Agent Saint Lucia Specialist (PASS) program where travel agents complete training and receive many benefits including special promotion offers, free nights, complimentary and discounted FAMs, special recognition, awards, and more. To become a PASS agent, go to


About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the Leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide.

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