Vot­ing un­der way for ‘Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica’ awards

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

SEV­ERAL OF the is­land’s ho­tels, at­trac­tions, trans­porta­tion com­pa­nies, and pur­vey­ors are vy­ing for the bi­en­nial Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica awards, which will recog­nise lead­ers in the tourism sec­tor on Novem­ber 19 at the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in St James.

The fi­nal­ists were nom­i­nated by their clients after an ag­gres­sive se­lec­tion process car­ried out by The Gleaner’s tourism trade pub­li­ca­tion in Septem­ber.

Cat­e­gorised as ‘Ja­maica’s Best of the Best’, vot­ing for the awards com­menced last Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7, and ends on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 25, said Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica’s co­or­di­na­tor, Janet Silvera.

Ac­cord­ing to Silvera, who has led the pub­li­ca­tion since its in­cep­tion 12 years ago, the re­sponse has been ex­cel­lent.

“The is­land’s best re­sorts have been nom­i­nated. Very few have not cap­i­talised on the op­por­tu­nity to show­case what makes them spe­cial and why they are in de­mand,” she said.

The most pop­u­lar cat­e­gories to re­ceive nom­i­na­tions were the ‘Best All-in­clu­sive’ over 300 rooms and ‘Best All-in­clu­sive’ un­der 300 rooms, with ‘Best in Cui­sine’ and ‘Best Small/Bou­tique’ fol­low­ing as close fin­ish­ers.

“Sur­pris­ingly, we only

re­ceived nom­i­na­tions for five Euro­pean Planned (EP) ho­tels, but it is also un­der­stand­able, with Ja­maica be­com­ing more and more of an all-in­clu­sive des­ti­na­tion,” stated the Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica co­or­di­na­tor.

The other cat­e­gories, ‘Best in Ja­maican En­ter­tain­ment’, ‘Best Eco/Sus­tain­able Re­sort’, ‘Best Pur­veyor’, ‘Best in Trans­porta­tion’, ‘Best At­trac­tion’, ‘Best Busi­ness or Con­fer­ence Ho­tel’, and ‘Best in In­no­va­tion’, re­ceived their fair share of nom­i­na­tions.

Silvera said that the awards had seen an in­crease in the num­ber of nom­i­nees for the ‘Best Pur­veyor’ cat­e­gory, with com­pa­nies such as GraceKennedy, Ja­maica Broil­ers, and Caribbean Broil­ers mak­ing the cut.

The other two com­pa­nies are Caribbean Pro­duc­ers Ja­maica and Rain­for­est Seafoods.

Four new­com­ers have also en­tered the field of ‘Best At­trac­tion’: Ahhh Ras Natango, Black River Sa­fari, Kool Run­nings Wa­ter­park, and Jewel Run­away Bay Wa­ter­park.

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