Ja­maica cops Lead­ing Caribbean Des­ti­na­tion at World Travel Awards

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Janet Sil­vera Se­nior Gleaner Writer anet.sil­vera@glean­erjm.com

Ja­maica’s Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett (right) was named the Caribbean’s Lead­ing Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity at the World Travel Awards on Satur­day at the San­dals Ochi Re­sort. Here he shares lens time with pres­i­dent of the World Travel Awards, Gra­ham Cooke. WESTERN BUREAU: AMAICA COPPED the pres­ti­gious Caribbean’s Lead­ing Des­ti­na­tion ti­tle at the World Travel Awards at San­dals Ochi Beach Re­sort on Satur­day night.

The Ja­maica Tourist Board was voted best in the re­gion, so was the Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Port, dur­ing the glitzy Caribbean and North Amer­ica Gala Cer­e­mony at­tended by over 300 hote­liers, des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment com­pa­nies, trans­porta­tion and tour oper­a­tors.

Ja­maica’s tourism stake­hold­ers walked away with the greater num­ber of awards, out­pac­ing the rest of the re­gion.

“The ex­pen­di­ture we re­ceive from tourism is now more than ar­rivals. This means the value propo­si­tion is where it ought to be,” tourism min­is­ter Ed­mund Bartlett told the gath­er­ing, adding that value is what the cus­tomers need.

Among the Caribbean win­ners were Turks and Caicos, recog­nised as the Caribbean’s Lead­ing Beach Des­ti­na­tion, while the tro­phy for the Caribbean’s Most Ro­man­tic Des­ti­na­tion went to An­tigua & Bar­buda.

Lux­ury-in­cluded re­sort com­pany, San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional (SRI), topped the re­gion, pulling in 15 awards and demon­strat­ing its con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence of the brand, cop­ping the cov­eted Caribbean’s Lead­ing Ho­tel Brand ti­tle for the 23rd con­sec­u­tive year.

“We con­tinue to in­vest in our prod­uct so that each year we can

Jbe proud to say we are the Caribbean’s lead­ing ho­tel brand,” said Gor­don Butch Ste­wart, chair­man of San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional.

“Our num­ber-one pri­or­ity re­mains to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble prod­ucts and ex­pe­ri­ences for our cus­tomers, and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to do so.”


Ex­cited about the event’s re­turn to Ja­maica, World Travel Awards pres­i­dent Gra­ham Cooke said: “This has been a true cel­e­bra­tion of tourism here in the Caribbean and North Amer­ica and it has been a plea­sure to recog­nise some of the lead­ing lights of the in­dus­try here tonight.”

The lead­ing lights he spoke about in­clude Mon­tego Bay’s Half Moon, which took home three tro­phies – Ja­maica’s Lead­ing Spa Re­sort; Ja­maica’s Lead­ing Con­fer­ence Ho­tel, and the Caribbean’s Lead­ing Con­fer­ence Ho­tel.

The ex­clu­sive Round Hill was named the Caribbean’s Lead­ing Villa Re­sort and Ja­maica’s Lead­ing Ho­tel, while Kingston’s Span­ish Court took home the tro­phy as Ja­maica’s Lead­ing Busi­ness Ho­tel.

For the sixth con­sec­u­tive year, Caribbean Air­lines emerged as the ‘Caribbean’s Lead­ing Air­line’, a feat the car­rier’s head of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett (sec­ond right), flanked by (from left) Di­rec­tor of Tourism Paul Pen­ni­cook; Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Tourism Jen­nifer Grif­fith; and Chair­man of the Ja­maica Tourist Board John Lynch, poses with the awards re­ceived by Ja­maica at the Caribbean and North Amer­ica World Travel Awards at San­dals Ochi Re­sort on Satur­day night.

Dionne Ligoure, de­scribed as an af­fir­ma­tion that they are pro­vid­ing the value their cus­tomers de­mand.

Other Ja­maican com­pa­nies recog­nised on Satur­day night were Go Ja­maica Travel, Caribbean’s Lead­ing Tour Oper­a­tor; Ja­maica Inn, Caribbean’s Lead­ing All-Suite Ho­tel; Dol­phin Cove, Caribbean’s Lead­ing Ad­ven­ture Tourist At­trac­tion; Gold­enEye, Caribbean’s Lead­ing Bou­tique Re­sort.

While, the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Sang­ster In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and Club MoBay all re­ceived top hon­ours.


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