Tourism stars honoured - Cash and prizes valued at more than $3M awarded
Hyatt’s Peter Bartley did the footloose, declaring who the first passenger of his 2016 Suzuki Celerio would be, while Hilton’s Marie Brown wept tears of joys, as she was hoisted on her colleagues’ shoulders.
Bartley, an engineer at the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara was named the 2015 ‘Superstar of the Year’ at that resort’s Eminence Award last Tuesday, one day later, a few meters down the road, Brown, who works in the accounts department at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, took home the coveted Associate of the Year title.
The two were among approximately 60 tourism workers, honoured by the respective resorts last week, for giving exemplary service to a sector that welcomed over three million visitors in 2015.
For being the best at the former Ritz Carlton property, Bartley drove home a brand new car valued at $2.6 million, while Brown’s basket of goodies valued at $1.5 million, was packed with cash and prizes at the Hilton’s 1st Annual Service Awards.
Brown received $400,000 cash, a weekend for two at Couples Negril, a 40-inch flat screen television, a two-burner gas stove, toaster oven, laptop, printer and a host of other prizes.
Addressing the Hyatt staff, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill credited the workers for the success now being experienced by the sector
He described them as “the bedrock of our world-class tourism industry”.
At the Hilton, their keynote speaker, communications specialist Fae Ellington, used the reference of planting a tree on fertile soil. She urged the young team, which only started a working relationship with the Sagicor owned resort a year ago, to ensure whatever they did today would impact their future positively.
Other top classed winners included Rose McLeod, Keniel Brown and Winston Gayle at the Hyatt and Winsome Thelwell, Errol Simmonds, Janet Wedderburn, Lance McFarlane and Huntley Wilson at the Hilton Rose Hall.
Next Wednesday, February 10, The Gleaner’s Hospitality Jamaica will highlight many of the other workers who were recognised last week.