Cobbler’s Cove and Yellow Bird Hotel racked up the majority of wins at the Barbados Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA) Awards held at Sandals Royals resort on Saturday.
Cobbler’s Cove won the Hotel of the Year Luxury, Agricultural Linkages Award as well as the Bravery Award for Bradley Broomes who saved two guests from misfortune at sea.
It was reported that Broomes joined with surfers on paddle boards to rescue a couple who was having difficulty in the water. A day that seemed destined for tragedy turned out to be one of joyful celebration as Bradley gave the guests a great memory of Cobbler’s Cove with his relentless effort to ensure that they would return safely to shore.
Hampden Clarke also received a Bravery Award and was named a tourism hero for his astonishing recovery of a Foster Ince Cruise bus after its brakes failed on May 18. Quick thinking by Clarke resulted in only two of the 33 passengers receiving injury as he decided to hit a wall to slow the bus down. Persons stood and cheered as a reserved Clarke walked to the stage to receive his award.
Yellow Bird Hotel won Hotel of the Year B Class and the Social Responsibility Award. The Social Responsibility Award was given for the hotel’s efforts in assisting a staff member suffering with cancer and for its donations of items to primary schools across the island in the implementation of the hotel‘s ‘Packed for Purpose’ programme.
Past Chairman of the BHTA Roseanne Myers said the awards were a significant part of thanking the workers for their service as the country fights to maintain its place on the world map.
“This is a tradition that spans two decades. It is really extremely important when we are fighting internationally for our existence to ensure that we maintain the kinds of standards that would allow us to win that battle and come out victorious,” Myers said.
Two Lifetime Awards were presented to Anthony Pickering of Hotel Foods and Cynthia O’Hara from The Sandpiper Hotel. Both recipients received a standing ovation.
In his acceptance speech, Pickering said that hotel food suppliers need some ease on the taxes that restaurant suppliers have to pay.
“Since the Minister is here, the restaurants that supply the hotels need a relief with the duties. We simply cannot afford to pay 160 to 184 per cent with the conserving commodities. I plead with you to look at it again,” Pickering said, to cheers from members of the tourism sector.
Members of the audience were treated to outstanding entertainment from international vocalist Ch’An who was accompanied by Xavi. (LG)