The eighth annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant Awards and Sales & Marketing Forum was a spectacular affair hosted by Karisma Hotels & Resorts in appreciation of the top performing Travel Agents, recognizing them for their success and commitment to exceeding service standards. The gathering took place at El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort, by Karisma in Riviera Maya, Mexico from December 9 – 12, 2015, and featured the crème de la crème of the travel world.

The award winning luxury hotel collection owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe and has won numerous prestigious awards including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 20 Hotels in Mexico,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 30 Hotels in Cancun,” TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Hotels for Romance,” AAA’s “Five Diamond Award,” AAA’s “Four Diamond Award,” The Diners Club ® 50 Best Discovery Series and the International Luxury Hotel Association’s 2015 Guest Experience Award for Food & Beverage.

Known for their innovative approach to the Gourmet Inclusive experience, Karisma offer their guests extraordinary cuisine served a la carte and sommeliers to suggest the perfect pairings from private label collections, along with 24-hour room service, and a full-service concierge. Their Romance Experience Menu and resident Romance Maître d’ invites couples to rekindle their love affair with carefully curated, yet stylishly casual picnics or candlelit dinners on the beach, couples massages, exhilarating evenings out or a perfectly choreographed proposal.

They are deeply passionate about creating the ultimate experience for all their guests, whether they are looking for adult only or family-friendly and have a number of sustainability initiatives, a greenhouse with tomato plants towering 32 feet, strong ties to their community, and treat their staff like family, having a genuine concern for their wellbeing. Their positive approach is felt in their dedication to gastronomic delight and the pursuit of happiness, which can only translate into even happier memories.

The group has exciting projects on the horizon, “this past year has been especially exciting,” said Mandy Chomat, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts with the announcement of the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, opening on May 1.  Additionally, we debuted the new El Dorado Seaside Suites and announced plans for over-the-ocean suites at El Dorado Maroma, the expansion of El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Generations Resorts by Karisma to Mexico’s West Coast, Azul Seven by Karisma in Jamaica’s famed Negril, and Sandcastle, encompassing 226 acres on 1.4 miles of beachfront in Jamaica’s Ocho Rios.  Our success and dramatic growth has continued thanks to the dedication of our esteemed travel agent partners.”