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Hospitality Jamaica Awards 2017 | Honouring the best of the best in tourism

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Best in Cuisine, the Round Hill team, led by Managing Director Josef Forstmayr (left), were excited to receive their plaque from deputy general manager of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Karron Benjamin (right).
Hospitality Jamaica Awards Best Destination Management Company recipient, Dave Chin Tung (right), of Go Jamaica Travel, accepts his award from Brian Jardim, CEO of Rainforest Seafoods.
Big winners of the night: The Royalton White Sands group, led by Kerry-Ann Casserly (fourth right), accepts the Best Family Resort Award from Hospitality Personality of the Year 2016, Kevin Hendrickson (third right).
President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, T’Shura Gibbs, presents the Best European Plan Hotel over 100 Rooms Award to Kevin Hendrickson of the Hendrickson Group.
Custos of St James, Ewen Corrodus (right), presents the Best Purveyor Award to the team at Caribbean Producers Jamaica, led by CEO Dr David Lowe (centre) and Co-chairman Tom Tyler (second right).
Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis (right) presents the Best Boutique Hotel Award to general manager of Sandals Royal Plantation, Arnold Nugent (centre), and his boss, Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International.
Executive chairman, Mediamix, Lennie Little White (left), presents the Best in Entertainment Award to Hedonism II’s Winston Bartley (centre), entertainment manager, and Adrian DaCosta, entertainment coordinator.
The indomitable duo, Hospitality Personalities of the Year 2017, John Byles (left) and Marc Melville of Chukka Caribbean Adventures, pose with their plaques after they were presented by Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator Janet Silvera.
Dr Wykeham McNeill (third right), opposition spokesman on tourism, presents the Best Small Hotel/Bed and Breakfast Award to Richard Wallace (fourth left), of The Board Walk Village, and his family and team members.

Some of the biggest names in the hospitality sector turned out for the third annual RJRGLEANER Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

At the end of a fabulous ceremony, 19 tourism entities and individuals were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Marc Melville and John Byles of Chukka were named Hospitality Personalities of the Year 2017 and hotel mogul Gordon 'Butch' Stewart received the inaugural Pioneer Award.

Other big winners included Royalton White Sands, Sandals Resorts International, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Sandy Haven, Hilton Rose Hall, and Courtleigh Hotel and Suites.

The Gleaner brings you highlights of some of the winners. See our tourism-trade publication Hospitality Jamaica tomorrow for more on the event.


The 2017 Hospitality Jamaica Award winners


1. Best Nightlife Experience - Margaritaville Caribbean

2. Best in Transportation - Knutsford Express

3. Best Purveyor - Caribbean Producers Jamaica

4. Most Authentic Jamaican Attraction - Falmouth Food Tour (Sponsored by the Port Authority of Jamaica)

5. Best Boutique Hotel - Sandals Royal Plantation

6. Best in Entertainment - Hedonism II

7. Best European Plan Hotel Under 100 Rooms - Sandy Haven

8. Best Business Hotel - Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa

9. Best Eco-Sustainable Resort - Couples Swept Away

10. Best Small Hotel/Bed & Breakfast - Boardwalk

11. Best Family Resort - Royalton White Sands

12. Best Destination Management Co - Go Jamaica Travel

13. Best Resort Town Experience - Treasure Beach (Sponsored by Port Authority of Jamaica)

14. Best in Cuisine - Round Hill

15. Best All-inclusive under 300 Rooms - Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island

16. Best All-inclusive over 300 Rooms - Royalton White Sands

17. Best European Plan Hotel Over 100 Rooms - The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites

18. Hospitality Personality of the Year - John Byles and Marc Melville

19. Pioneer Award - Gordon 'Butch' Stewart