Top per­for­mances in hos­pi­tal­ity to be awarded Satur­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Claudia Gard­ner Gleaner Writer

FOUR­TEEN AWARDS will be pre­sented to the is­land’s top per­form­ers at the Bi­en­nial Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Awards cer­e­mony, which is set for the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Satur­day night, three more than the 11 ac­corded in 2014.

More than 30,000 per­sons par­tic­i­pated in the awards’ nom­i­na­tion process, which took place over a six-week pe­riod.

The three fi­nal­ists for the Best Euro­pean Plan (EP) Ho­tel are the Round Hill Ho­tel, The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus in New Kingston, and the 2014 win­ner, Half Moon Ho­tel of Mon­tego Bay.

The con­tenders for the Best All-In­clu­sive Ho­tel (un­der 300 rooms) award are Jewel Run­away Bay, He­do­nism II and Riu Palace Ja­maica in Mon­tego Bay, with Cou­ples Swept Away, Moon Palace Ja­maica Grande and Roy­al­ton White Sands in Trelawny mak­ing up the list for the Best AllInclu­sive (more than 300 rooms).

Hote­liers Kevin Hen­drick­son of the Hen­drick­son Group of Com­pa­nies, Josef Forts­mayr of Round Hill in Hanover, Shireen Aga and Bar­bara Walker of Mock­ing­bird Hill in Port­land were short­listed for the Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year, which is one of the most an­tic­i­pated awards.

Ac­cord­ing to the judges, this award is pre­sented to a “game-changer”, who has at least 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, has helped to change lives, and has made a great im­pact on the coun­try’s econ­omy.

The top picks for the Best Eco/Sus­tain­able Tourism Award was nar­rowed down to two of Ja­maica’s most exquisite re­sorts, the Roy­al­ton White Sands in Trelawny and 2014 win­ner, Half Moon in Mon­tego Bay.

With re­spect to gas­tron­omy, the front-run­ners for the Best Cui­sine Awards are Riu Palace Ja­maica in Mon­tego Bay, Roy­al­ton White Sands and He­do­nism II, which is lo­cated at Rut­land Point in Ne­gril, Hanover, while Ja­maica Broil­ers, Caribbean Broil­ers and Rain­for­est Seafoods are the vot­ers’ top three picks for the award of Best Pur­veyor, which was won by Rain­for­est in 2014.

In the Best Small/Bou­tique Ho­tel cat­e­gory, the 2014 win­ner Round Hill, is a fi­nal­ist once again, in ad­di­tion to the Rock­house, which is lo­cated in Ne­gril’s West End, and The Courtleigh Ho­tel and Suites in New Kingston.

Where ground trans­porta­tion is con­cerned, the 2014 win­ner of the Best in Trans­porta­tion award, Is­land Car Rentals, Trop­i­cal Tours and Knutsford Ex­press, are vy­ing to be the is­land’s num­ber one.

An­other Ne­gril en­tity, the Kool Run­nings Ad­ven­ture Park, is among the list of nom­i­nees for the Best At­trac­tion award, which is com­pleted by Chukka Ad­ven­tures and the Jewel Run­away Bay Wa­ter Park, which is lo­cated in St Ann.

Hil­ton Rose Hall, Moon Palace Ja­maica Grande and The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus emerged the three fron­trun­ners for the Best Con­fer­ence/Busi­ness Ho­tel award, while He­do­nism II and Roy­al­ton White Sands are the two fi­nal­ists in the Best in Ja­maican En­ter­tain­ment cat­e­gory.

Satur­day night will also see the an­nounce­ment of the Best in In­no­va­tion award and a spe­cial award for the Most Eclec­tic Ho­tel, which will be pre­sented to a property which is small and less prom­i­nent, yet ex­traor­di­nar­ily beau­ti­ful and unique, with high stan­dards of oper­a­tion sim­i­lar to larger, well-es­tab­lished prop­er­ties; one that of­fers ex­cep­tional cuisines, and has done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to re­main sus­tain­able and to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment.

Spon­sors of the event in­clude the Ja­maica Tourist Board, the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Tai Flora, John Swaby En­ter­tain­ment, Rain­for­est Seafoods, Caribbean Pro­duc­ers Ja­maica and Ja­maica Broil­ers.

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