Kevin Hen­drick­son is Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

AHUGE round of ap­plause erupted when vet­eran hote­lier Kevin Hen­drick­son was named Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year dur­ing the Hos­pi­tal­ity

Ja­maica 2016 awards at the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Hen­drick­son, who heads the Hen­drick­son Group of Com­pa­nies, was lauded for being a com­mit­ted con­trib­u­tor to Ja­maica’s tourism in­dus­try by in­vest­ing con­tin­u­ously in up­grad­ing and re­fur­bish­ing his prop­er­ties and pro­vid­ing ser­vice and prod­ucts beyond ex­pec­ta­tions.

He was also ap­plauded for, among other things, his heavy in­vest­ment in staff train­ing, per­son­nel de­vel­op­ment, and preser­va­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Hen­drick­son be­gan his foray into the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor in 1981 as gen­eral man­ager of the then Courtleigh Ho­tel on Trafal­gar Road and later ac­quired other prop­er­ties over the decades in­clud­ing The Ru­ins at the Falls in Ocho Rios, the Knutsford Court Ho­tel, Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort in Mon­tego Bay, the for­mer Wyn­d­ham Kingston in 2014, and The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, which were also big win­ners on Satur­day night, cop­ping two awards for the Best Con­fer­ence/Busi­ness Ho­tel and the Best Euro­pean Plan ho­tel. “I was shocked!” Hen­drick­son told Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica fol­low­ing the awards. “I wasn’t even pre­pared. I was ex­tremely sur­prised and honoured, I must ad­mit. The feel­ing is fan­tas­tic! It is very re­ward­ing, you know, any­time you win an award for any­thing. More im­por­tantly for the team, the whole morale of the team is lifted be­cause even if they are not in that par­tic­u­lar prop­erty, it is still a team ef­fort.”

“I am just proud to have been part of this Hos­pi­tal­ity 2016 awards. It re­ally is nice, the recog­ni­tion that Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica gives to the in­dus­try over­all and the ex­po­sure not just to us Ja­maicans, but to the en­tire world. The pub­li­ca­tion shows off a lot of fan­tas­tic prod­ucts, the cul­ture, the peo­ple, the whole range of what Ja­maica is all about as a lo­ca­tion,” he added.

Kevin Hen­drick­son on the construction site of the for­mer Wyn­d­ham Kingston which he cur­rently owns.

Kevin Hen­drick­son, walk­ing tall through his lobby at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in Kingston.

Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year Kevin Hen­drick­son (right) ac­cepts his award from Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett.

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