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Melia Braco Village: Best of the Best

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Veron Smith (left) shares lens time with Amoi Issa
Melia Braco Village's new director of sales, Angella Bennett and director of tourism, Paul Pennicook share lens time.<\n><\n><\n><\n><\n>
From left: The Caribbean's leading hospitality personality, Edmund Bartlett, general manager at Melia Braco Village, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, prime minister Andrew Holness, and president of the World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke at Melia Braco Village's 'Best of the Best' World Travel Awards reception Sunday night after being named the Caribbean's Leading New Hotel.
From left: Oceanstyle's Douglas Gordon, Chukka's John Byles, model Natashia Mitchell and Pier One's Robert Russell.
From left: Maylin and Garth Ramsay poses with friends RIU's Frank Sondern and Whitney O'Conner.
Our camera snapped Melissa Chang and husband Richard Ferdinand.
Melia Braco's Nersibelis Rodriquez Burrowes poses with Dominican Republic ambassador Dr Jose Tomas Ares German.
Melia Braco Village's general manager, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, Gianna Neil, board member of the National Investment Fund (NIF) and Minister of Labour, Shahine Robinson, at the hotel's 'Best of the Best' World Travel Awards reception Sunday night.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Freddie McGregor docked an impressive catalogue at the poolside of the Meli· Braco Village Resort on Sunday night, delivering a stellar performance which included his hit tune Big Ship Sailing on the Ocean.

McGregor, a legend in the music industry, was the main act at the hotel's celebratory party after being awarded the Caribbean's Leading New Resort title at the Caribbean and North America World Travel Awards last Saturday night at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

McGregor, a stalwart, who for more than 50 years has effortlessly synergised the power of his voice with hit songs, had the Meli· Braco audience at his command.

When he pulled for Dennis Brown's renowned anthem, Love and Hate, the crowd provided back-up harmony. It was a sing-a-long which saw the Push Come to Shove singer ruling supreme with To Be Poor is a Crime.

However, there was nothing poor about Sunday night. The 'richness' of the just under one-year-old resort was evident in the array of food on display; the masterful entertainment presented by the team, and the decor which was very pleasing to the eyes.

With Prime Minister Andrew Holness as their special guest, he noted that he has experienced the passion points of the hotel that Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett speaks of weekly. All general manager, Dimitris Kosvogiannis needed to make his night was confirmation that a good night was had, from his boss Minister of Labour Shahine Robinson.

Operated under the Meli· brand, the Trelawny resort is the pride and joy of owners the National Insurance Fund.

Janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com