Miguel Fluxá Rossello, executive chairman of Grupo Iberostar, was on Friday, October 25 presented with the American Friends of Jamaica's (AFJ) 2013 International Humanitarian Award at the charity's annual Hummingbird Gala, at The St Regis Hotel in New York City. The award was presented by AFJ president and former United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Brenda LaGrange Johnson. Other attendees included consul of Jamaica to New York, Herman Lamont, former Tourism Minister Edmond Bartlett, and AFJ directors.
"I am sincerely touched by this honour from the AFJ," said Fluxá. "I believe that companies have a responsibility to give back to the communities they operate in, and this is why the Fundacion Iberostar is so dedicated to its work in Jamaica. When you invest in people, especially children at a young age, and give them the tools to achieve great things, all of society benefits."
Ambassador Johnson noted that, "Miguel Fluxá is a well-deserved honouree, and we are delighted to welcome him to the AFJ's community of esteemed honourees. We salute him and are grateful for his commitment to Jamaica. We are optimistic about the future of Jamaica."
As a way to help serve disadvantaged communities around the world, Fluxá created Fundacion Iberostar in 2004. This non-profit organisation is committed to improving quality of life and living conditions, promoting education, and addressing social and cultural needs of communities in developing countries. Particularly focused on assisting children and the disabled, the foundation has contributed to multiple projects in co-operation with organisations such as the United Nations Children's Fund and Caritas, in addition to the AFJ.
In Jamaica, the charity has carried out numerous initiatives, many of which benefit local schools. This includes providing Iberostar technicians to perform essential repairs and maintenance to school buildings, donating essential school supplies for students, and inviting teachers to enjoy a day of fun at an Iberostar resort in honour of Teachers' Day.
Fluxá remains steadfast in his commitment to supporting programmes that benefit the people of Jamaica and reaffirmed at the gala the dedication of the foundation to its efforts in the country.
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is a family-owned Spanish hospitality company with more than 50 years of experience in the travel industry.