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Amstar celebrates 10 years

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:14 AM
Amstar beauties (from left) Nickeisha Palmer-Campbell, Kelishiah Wallace, Taneisha Thorpe and Alecia Buchanan-Waite.
Amstar beauties (from left) Nickeisha Palmer-Campbell, Kelishiah Wallace, Taneisha Thorpe and Alecia Buchanan-Waite.

Amstar DMC celebrated its 10th year of operations at a gala recently, where the team members and key partners were fêted in fine style.

Replicating ‘Elegant’ dress code, team members of the destination management group which represents several of the island’s hotels, went out of their way to take the style quotient to the highest level. The ladies were spectacular in their red carpet-worthy fashions, and the gentlemen were equally impressive in their finest suits and tuxedos.

The guest speaker for the evening, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, was effusive in his praise for the Amstar team. Having done research on TripAdvisor, he was able to highlight a number of individuals for personal mention in his presentation.

He also used the opportunity to update the team on the impending implementation of the Tourism Pension Plan.

Omar Robinson, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) also brought greeting on behalf of his Organisation, while Amstar’s president Eugene Rybicki lauded the team’s performance and growth over the last 10 years.

Richard Bourke, managing director, Amstar Jamaica in his overview of the company performance and impact on the Jamaican economy, highlighted the fact that 100 per cent of the team members were Jamaican.

Hosted at the Hilton Rose Hall ballroom, the hotel presented a spectacular buffet of the finest foods and a premium all-inclusive bar.

Saxophonist Howard Messam entertained the celebrants during dinner, and his mastery was matched only by the effervescent FAB 5 band.

The event was coordinated by Jackie Jackson, who provided sound, lights and stage, while Jamaica Audio Visual Company (JAVCO) did the backdrop. Compère Jackie Norman of Mello FM and Amstar fame carried the evening’s proceedings like a true maestro.

The 10th anniversary event attracted all the major tour and transportation providers in the tourism sector, who also played a major role as sponsors of the prizes valued over $2 million.