Grenada recognizes excellence and innovation in tourism
It was a nights glitz and glamour because the tourism stakeholders exemplifying service excellence and innovation were awarded. The 2019 Tourism Awards occurred at the Spice Island Beach Resort on Thursday July 18 beneath the theme, ‘Celebrating Successes, Seeking to a Sustainable and Bright Future.’ The initiative was conceptualized to celebrate the industry’s success by recognizing tourism stakeholders and businesses make significant contributions. The awards criteria included, “amount of service, quality of service, feedback (online or elsewhere), unique selling propositions, innovative business aspects along with other contributions to the sector.
Also recognized through the ceremony were the three recipients of the People’month in November s Tourism Choice Award 2018 chosen from nominations received by the general public during Tourism Awareness. Nominations were accepted from the eight sectors of the Tourism Industry.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste- Curwen thanked all of the awardees and stakeholders generally because of their contributions to the especially following historic half of a million visitors mark achieved this past year. She said, “Year along with the phenomenal growth last, around May 2019, a 4.96% increase was recorded for stayover arrivals as the cruise and yachting sectors may also be on the positive side of growth. This continued growth cannot happen minus the efforts of everybody in the tourism industry and our people.”
Delivering the Keynote address was Acting Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Neil Walters. Walters. He praised the initiative to ensure stakeholders were awarded from multiple sectors in the market. He stated that because visitors want experiences not the same as their country also, “A complete new frontier has exposed and the only real limit is our imagination along the way of turning our normal life-style into an event we tell people to our shores.”
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Acting Prime Minister Hon. Gregory Bowen underscored the significance of the to Grenada’s economy saying, “If one considers the direct contribution of tourism through sources such as for example accommodation and restaurants, to the GDP of the national country, it really is 6%. However, we recognize that once the linkages are believed by us and indirect contributions, that figure grows to 23.3%. This is significant indeed. Therefore, government through the Ministry of Civil and Tourism Aviation is attempting to maximize the huge benefits out of this industry.”
Receiving the Minister’s Special Achievement award was Sir Royston Hopkin K.C.M.G, the Managing Director of the Spice Island Beach. Sir Royston’s contributions to tourism spans over 3 decades and continues till present and he and his family have build the Spice brand right into a world recognized luxury brand. Sir Royston graciously accepted the accolade and encouraged citizens to purchase developing quality offerings and products.
The following will be the set of awardees:
People’s Tourism Choice Awards:
Allison Caton, Isle of Reefs Tours (Tour Operator)
Esther Boca, Esther’s Bar (Food & Beverage)
Christopher Mc Donald, (Tour Guide) – Caribbean Horizons Tours
Food Roundhouse Restaurant, Carriacou
Transportation-National Taxi Association
Accommodation- Petite Anse Hotel
Adventure Tourism and Recreation – SPECTO, Leatherback Turtle Nesting Tour
Events- Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Attractions- Belmont Estate
Travel Trade- Caribbean Horizons Tours
Sustainability Champion- True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
Cruise Business Development – George F. Huggins & Co. Gda Ltd.
Community Tourism – Mt. Moritz Breakfast
Special Achievement Award-Sir Royston Hopkin K.C.M.G.
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