Hospitality Jamaica Awards on tonight
The eyes of the hospitality world will be on the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, tonight, as the scenic venue will play host to The Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica 10th anniversary awards, which is designed to reward excellence in the hospitality/tourism sector.
"More than 300 persons are set to attend this first-time event," said Janet Silvera, coordinator of Hospitality Jamaica, which is regarded as the premier tourism publication in the Caribbean. "We are expecting a lot of surprises as our best resorts, those which have made our tourism product among the best in the world, will be on show."
The event, which is slated to start at 6:30 p.m., should be full of glitz and glamour as, in addition to the 10 major awards, which will be up for grabs, a solid entertainment package, which will be headlined by master saxophonist, David Cunningham, and top-flight cabaret star, Karen Smith, will be a part of the offering.
In speaking to the vision behind The Gleaner Hospitality Jamaica 10th anniversary awards, the savvy Silvera, herself a highly respected personality in the sector, said that with Jamaica having the best hospitality/tourism product in the Caribbean, it was only right to recognise those entities and personalities who through excellence in service, have made the Jamaican product world-class.
"The persons and entities that are going to be receiving awards tonight are those who have recognised that in order to compete, they must be ahead of the game," said Silvera. "We have a group of judges who understand what the product needs to be so these awards will exemplify excellence."
"In fact, there will be no loser tonight because once you got nominated and ended up being shortlisted, it means you have reached the level of excellence which would have already made you a winner," added Silvera.
The event, which has the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) as its main sponsor, has been creating quite a buzz regionally as indications are that the awards are poised to become the measuring stick for excellence in the Caribbean. The event has attracted endorsements from many reputable personalities in the tourism sector.
The awards at stake are as follows:
n Jamaica's best transportation company/destination management company (DMC)
n Jamaica's best convention facility
n Jamaica's best purveyor
n Jamaica's best attraction
n Jamaica's best eco/sustainable hotel
n Jamaica's best small/boutique hotel
n Jamaica's best in cuisine
n Jamaica's best EP hotel
n Jamaica's best all-inclusive
n Hospitality personality of the year