Yes, that’s right. Our very own entrepreneur and owner, Kim Cook, is Sandals Resorts home-based travel agent of the month for July! However, this is the last opportunity for her to receive this recognition because starting next month, Love to Travel will no longer be home-based! Love to Travel’s Beach House will be opening in August at 135th and Antioch in Overland Park. Keep in touch for more Beach House updates, and in the meantime read the entire article below.
ome-Based Travel Agent of the Month
Love to Travel, Overland Park, Kan.
Twenty-two years ago, when the internet was still a thing of the future, Kim researched her next vacation by reading magazines and making phone calls. After Kim decided on the travel dates and selected Sandals Negril as the resort, she turned over the information to a local travel agent so that her trip could be booked. The agent made the booking, sent Kim the documents and was never heard from again! Kim was astonished that after spending $5,000.00 with that agent on her dream destination wedding and honeymoon, that she was never given a second thought! It was then that Kim knew that she could do it better and she opened “Love to Travel” on February 1, 1993
Kim is often asked the same question . . . “where is your favorite place to travel?” There are so many places that she loves, but there is one place that has the most special memories for her, and that’s Beaches Turks and Caicos. Kim and her husband have been taking their two sons to Beaches since they were ages 6 and 4. They’re now 20 and 18 and they have literally grown up going there! There is a very special staff member by the name of Enock, who has been working at that resort for many years. Kim’s family has had the privilege of meeting his family and seeing where he had built his home. This special connection with him has enabled Kim and her family to experience the culture on this beautiful island.
Enjoying the perks of being a Platinum agent includes getting butler service at each of the resorts she visits. Some of her favorite butler memories include having lunch on top of the waterfall at Sandals Dunn’s River, having her beach chairs set up each day in her favorite spot with a cooler full of Red Stripe, and coming back to the suite after a day of touring, to a bathtub full of bubbles, flowers and candlelight.
Now in 2013, after celebrating 20 years in the travel business, Kim has never looked back! She partnered with Sandals & Beaches Resorts right away. In 1997, Kim was awarded Lifetime Platinum Status and from then she has continued to grow her destination wedding and honeymoon business through Bridal show participation, Caribbean Nights and referrals from past clients.