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'Best of the best' at tourism awards

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Deja Resort's Robin Russell and his better half, Royalton's Stayce Ingram.
The Tourism Product Development Company's Lezley Bernard (left) and Kenya Keddo-Laing.
Vice-president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Vana Taylor (left) and Sandals Resorts International's Sheryl McGaw Douse at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
SSL's Jonathon Khoury and T'Shura Gibbs, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
From left: JAMVAC's Joy Roberts and RIU Resorts' Niurka Garcia.
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (4th right) surprised by his team with a special tribute and gift, for having been named 'Tourism Minister of the World'. Here he is flanked from left by David Dobson, Janet Taylor, Jennifer Griffith, Joy Roberts, Dr Carey Wallace, Dr Andrew Spencer and Donovan White at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre
Shades of black, symbolic of power and elegance. From left: Business Process Industry of Jamaica director, Leroy Reid, Enjoy the Journey's Joy Clark, Calabar High School's Jennifer Jarrett and husband Blaine of the JPS.
From left: Sanique Passley, Sue McKenzie and Elaine Bradley at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
St Ann Development Company's Farrah Blake and the Tourism Product Development's Stephen Edwards at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association President, Omar Robinson (centre) is flanked by Hospiten's Chevaughne Miller (left) and MBJ Airports Limited's Sharon Hislop
From left: Royalton White Sand's Andre Hudson, Flow's Craig Fisher, Porus High's Shariah Linton and Flow's Dwayne Bennett at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
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It was high fashion and camaraderie as the tourism industry celebrated the 'Best of the Best' in the sector at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards last Saturday night at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Staged by the Ministry of Tourism, TSEA honoured 10 individual finalists and 11 organisations representing four resort areas, namely, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, the south coast and the capital city Kingston.

Having provided exceptional service, they were lauded by tourism minister Edmund Bartlett, as the greatest resource in an industry tagged the lifeblood of the people.

"The honourees this evening represent the crËme de la crËme in our sector, who make providing excellent service not just a practice, but a way of life," said Bartlett.

He was also toasted for his outstanding contribution and recognised for his latest accolade, 'Tourism Minister of the World', by a team of tourism officials.

Bartlett spoke about how surprised he was to hear Jamaica's name called in Berlin, Germany, recently, when the award was announced. "When they went around a room of over 50 countries and announced Jamaica, I was stunned."

He was, however, even more grateful to be recognised in his own country, by his own peers.

The event attracted the likes of chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Godfrey Dyer; chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch; Senator Don Wehby, group chief executive officer, GraceKennedy Limited; Dr Andrew Spencer, executive director, TPDCo., and Director of Tourism, Donovan White.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com