Sunset staffers will keep their jobs
More than 500 staffers at the Sunset Beach Resort Spa and Water Park, Montego Bay, were last week given an assurance that their jobs will not be affected when the resort changes management on August 1, and the property begins to operate under the Sunscape brand.
The assurance was given by Ian Kerr, the property's managing director, addressing the resort's annual staff awards ceremony.
AM Resorts, which operates Secrets Resorts, will assume managerial responsibility for the property,
"People are asking me if Secrets are taking over Sunset Beach, I said, no, they are not taking us over, I say it is a partnership, people only take you over when you are failing," said Kerr.
"We have never failed and the testament that we have never failed is the returning guests that we have had over the 17 years."
"When the guests query about what will be happening, I tell them the same staff that have been serving you for the past 17 years will still be here to serve you, that will not change," added Kerr.
In speaking to what AM Resort will be bringing to the table, Kerr said they have a track record of excellence, opening hotels and gaining traction all over the world. He said he is confident that the partnership with Sunset Beach will be a success.
Kerr told the workers they should continue to give excellent service under the new management while seeking to improve their performance where possible.
"The onus is on everyone of you not only to perform your task as you have done over the past 17 years, but to go beyond that, because times have changed and there is so much products out there for guests, not only in Jamaica, but through the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. You have to lift that bar of excellence," said Kerr.
At the colourful awards ceremony, Carol Wallace-Harriot won the coveted Most Outstanding Team Member Award. She took home J$125,000, a flat-screen television set, mobile phone among other gifts and incentives. Tadgewayne Dobson, a member of the kitchen staff, was first-runner up.
The other awardees were:
- Albert Jump (Entertainment Department) - Guest Choice Award;
- Executive Sous Chef Patrick Nolan - Manager of the Year;
- Carleisha Grant (Housekeeping Department) - General Manager's Award;
- Kenijah Kelly (Entertainment Department) - Managing Director Award;
- Department of the Year - Entertainment Department.
Guest speaker, noted psychologist and motivational speaker, Dr Leachim Semaj, urged the workers to seize the moment and to dream bigger to achieve greatness.
"You can't relive the past, you can't pre-live the future, so you are left only with today, which is the beginning of the rest of your life. What is present is the now, which is new opportunities waiting," said Semaj.
The ceremony was given a special spark by reggae singers Mackie Conscious and Gem Myers, who performed excellent sets.
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