Riu hosts in­fir­mary res­i­dents for Tourism Aware­ness Week

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL PRESS - Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

OCHO RIOS, St Ann: THE THREAT of Hur­ri­cane Matthew might have de­layed the event for a week, but there was no stop­ping them last week­end.

Ap­prox­i­mately 12 res­i­dents from the St Ann In­fir­mary spent an en­joy­able day at ClubHo­tel RIU Ocho Rios, as the ho­tel’s con­tri­bu­tion to a week of ac­tiv­i­ties in St Ann mark­ing Tourism Aware­ness Week 2016.

The host­ing of the res­i­dents by Riu was the high­light of the week, or­gan­ised by the Ocho Rios Run­away Bay Chap­ter (ORRBC) of the Ja­maica Ho­tel and Tourist As­so­ci­a­tion, un­der the chair­man­ship of Vana Tay­lor.

A church ser­vice, school vis­its and com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grammes all formed part of the week, which was sup­posed to cul­mi­nate on Oc­to­ber 1 with the treat at the ho­tel, be­fore the hur­ri­cane in­ter­vened.

Last Satur­day at Riu, all thoughts of hur­ri­cane were ban­ished as the res­i­dents in­dulged, for the third straight year, in the lux­u­ries of the re­sort prop­erty.

“Thank the Lord we were spared from that (hur­ri­cane), so we saved it for this week and this is a beau­ti­ful, won­der­ful day,” re­marked Tay­lor.

“Of course, to­day they were on the beach en­joy­ing them­selves, en­joy­ing the pool, the food, the en­ter­tain­ment. The staff was also as­sist­ing us with them. It’s a to­tal day of en­joy­ment at Riu, you can see the laugh­ter, the en­joy­ment you can see it’s a won­der­ful idea and a won­der­ful event for the less for­tu­nate in our com­mu­nity.”

The res­i­dents were ac­com­pa­nied by med­i­cal per­son­nel and other sup­port staff from the fa­cil­ity, while Tay­lor was as­sisted by mem­bers of the ORRBC.

Another 110 res­i­dents at the in­fir­mary who were not able to make the trip were not for­got­ten, as the ho­tel brought and served them lunch.

Tay­lor re­minded that the ORRBC continues to fo­cus on the less for­tu­nate, hence the ho­tel treat dur­ing Tourism Aware­ness Week and the sup­port of the St Ann’s Bay Re­gional Hospi­tal, which was orig­i­nally a Labour Day tar­get project but is now be­ing fo­cused on year round.

Mean­while, the ho­tel staff once again wel­comed the res­i­dents and of­fered them the same ex­cel­lent ser­vice that is of­fered to all guests.

Pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager at ClubHo­tel RIU Ocho Rios, Car­ling­ton Pryce, said the ho­tel was de­lighted to host the in­fir­mary res­i­dents for yet another year dur­ing Tourism Aware­ness Week.

“We were ex­tremely happy for the op­por­tu­nity to host the in­fir­mary res­i­dents,” Pryce told Ru­ral Xpress. “They all had fun and that was most im­por­tant to the team. The man­age­ment of ClubHo­tel RIU Ocho Rios will con­tinue to sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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