Some of the island’s bread-and-butter industry workers have double the reasons to celebrate today.
Not only did they welcome a record number of visitors to the island for last year, and are on track to repeat that this year, a number of them walked away with special awards at the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) Tourism Award Luncheon today.
In an evening filled with entertainment, food and good spirits, hotel officials gathered at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to celebrate various achievements across the industry. BHTA chief executive officer Sue Springer lauded the service providers, reminding them they were responsible for promoting the island as they did their jobs.
She singled out the 2016 Taste Of The Caribbean Culinary Competition team, as well as the four individuals who were instrumental in helping two tourists fight off their attackers earlier this year along the Richard Haynes Boardwalk in Hastings, Christ Church, saying they were model workers.
Damian Leach, a member of the Taste Of The Caribbean Culinary team was presented with the special award of Chef Of The Year while Kevin Payne, Nico Hutson, Joseph Grazette and Jabarry Worrell were presented with Special Commendation Awards for their bravery in helping the tourists.
BHTA past president Patricia Alfonso-Dass also lauded the tourism industry workers, remarking “each and every tourism employee in the tourism industry is an ambassador for Barbados”.
“Today we honour those who truly understand the importance of value,” said Alfonso-Dass.
Bernice Critchlow-Earle, director of the PomMarine Institute walked away with the Lifetime Achievement Award; real estate mogul Nick Parravicino received the Tourism Stalwart Award; Ocean Two Resort & Residences received the Large Hotel Of The Year Award while The Sandpiper Hotel took the Small Hotel Of The Year Award.
Other awards included the Business Excellence Award; Attractions Award; Restaurant Of The Year; Hotel Employee Of The Year; Hotel Supervisor Of The Year; Direct Tourism Services Employee Of The Year; Direct Tourism Services Supervisor Of The Year; Staycation Award; Strategic Partner Award.