Windsor travel agency named 2013 Franchise of the Year |

Windsor travel agency named 2013 Franchise of the Year

Casey Kelly

From left, Vacations in Paradise employees Sherry Wirtz, Rachelle Smith, Betsey Smith, Kirsten Wiest and Sunny Ranieri.

Windsor travel agency Vacations in Paradise was recognized in June as Uniglobe Travel's 2013 Franchise of the Year.

The company was recognized at Uniglobe's annual conference, held June 5-8 this year in New Orleans.

"This was an incredible moment as there are over 750 agencies worldwide under the Uniglobe umbrella," owner Sunny Ranieri said. "This is my first time to receive this honor that I have been working so hard for."

Ranieri said the award was based on three criteria: year-to-year percentage jumps in sales, being in the top-three franchises year-to-year in terms of sales and the franchise's relationship with its clients.

"We want to thank our clients for their loyalty and trust in us. We appreciate your business," Ranieri said. "I also want to thank my team of employees. This couldn't have happened without them."

The company also won the award in 2007 under former owner Betsey Smith. Ranieri bought the business in 2008.

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Vacations in Paradise is located at 509 Main St. For more information, call (970) 686-0886 or go to

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