Summerfest Productions gets Lifetime Achievement Award
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Summerfest Productions Limited, organiser of Reggae Sumfest, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for its contribution to economic investment and promotion of the arts, culture and entertainment.
The organisation was one of 10 recipients recognised by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) during its Instant Replay Awards banquet and dance showcase at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday night.
Sharing the spotlight were a number of small business entities, including Hamilton's Automotive and General Machine Shop, which received the Industrial Services award; the UWI Mona Western Jamaica Campus, recognised in the area of Education Services Partner; and Di Foto Shoppe, for lending the Chamber support over the years.
Beauty Queen Haberdashery, The Wexford hotel, Lloyd's Department Store, Half Moon's Elvis Malahoo, LIME and Knutsford Express completed the list of companies that were awarded in the field of community and business development, customer service and hospitality, rounding out an evening of entertainment, light show music and good food.
"Today, we celebrate excellence. It is important that we award and celebrate our own, and not wait for some distant body to knight our members, before we recognise their tremendous contribution," Chamber President Nathan Robb told the gathering of over 300 patrons.
Acknowledging the tremendous contribution made by the Lifetime Achievement awardees, to the city of Montego Bay, the MBCCI lauded Summerfest Productions stating that in its 22 years of hosting the world-renowned Reggae Sumfest, it had contributed in no small way to the economy of western Jamaica.
"It has helped positively to promote Brand Jamaica and influence the careers of many reggae artistes."
Due to the growing reach of the festival and the strength of its brand, the festival attracts a large contingent of international media and visitors, "during the Reggae Sumfest week, airline seats into Jamaica are full, hotels and guest houses in around Montego Bay enjoy 100 per cent occupancy", said the MBCCI.
Knutsford Express was acknowledged for consistency in providing a level of good and affordable service to commuters throughout the island, while the family owned and run, Di Foto Shoppe, was praised for enhancing customer utility through exceptional value and experience.
In the case of Hamilton's Industrial Machine Shop, which opened its doors in 1994, this has been an asset to virtually every manufacturer in the country, said the MBCCI.
Referred to as the emergency room for industrial machinery, Hamilton says it does not believe in second best and feels that Jamaica's label as a Third World country is not an excuse for lagging behind in the manufacturing capabilities of other countries, such as Japan, Germany and the United States.