Cathy A. Preece / Candice Adams-Kimmel
** Industry Partners Recognized in Annual Awards Event **
Basseterre, St. Kitts – This past Saturday, November 16, St. Kitts celebrated excellence in its tourism industry partners with the 13th Annual St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards event that recognized individuals and businesses who positively impacted the development of the industry over the past year.
The St. Kitts Experience Awards were once again held at Carambola Beach Club and attracted a large number of attendees, among whom was Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator the Honourable Ricky Skerritt. The Awards, which were themed “The Power of Vision,” were presented following a cocktail reception. Minister Skerritt provided welcome remarks and the Awards ceremony’s guest speaker, Head of Commercial – Gatwick at British Airways, Mr. Colm Lacy delivered the keynote address, which discussed the air carrier’s operations, the UK APD tax and other timely topics related to tourism and aviation in the Caribbean.
“British Airways is confident of gradual growth in tourism to the Caribbean from the UK,” said Mr. Lacy. “We are finding new and innovative ways to market to the UK consumer across all distribution points. However, it is crucial that we all continue to work together to be a success. We should focus on the quality and value of the products and experiences we provide, use innovative collaborative marketing and pay attention to pricing.” He continued on to say that, “Minister Skerritt and the St. Kitts and Nevis team are to be praised for their collaborative approach to make growth possible and sustainable.”
A highlight of the evening for many Tourism Authority personnel, the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Mrs. She Dore-Tyson, presented individuals who were celebrating ten years of service to the organization with engraved glass awards in honor of their milestone anniversaries. Immediately thereafter, the highly anticipated St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards were presented by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s North American officers Mrs. Patrice Henry (New York) and Mr. Brad Richards (Canada). The first award of the night was the People’s Choice Award, which was won by Mr. Michael Glasford as a professional individual with knowledge of the tourism industry who strives to exceed customer expectations.
Two Awards of Excellence were presented for an individual or business demonstrating best practices in tourism service, which went to Kendra Jacobs of American Airlines (individual) and to the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (business). The Environmental Award for businesses practicing sustainability through responsible practices and raising community awareness was given to the Parks and Beaches Unit.
The Kittitian Experience Award, honoring a local business that provides visitors with an experience showcasing Kittitian culture, was earned by the St. Kitts Visitor Channel. Furthermore, the National Champion Award was bestowed upon Mr. Konris Maynard for his partnership with stakeholders to continuously promote and develop the island’s tourism industry and the Employee of the Year Award for an individual in the hotel or restaurant sector demonstrating exceptional quality of work beyond the call of duty was attained by Joycelyn Nisbett of the Ocean Terrace Inn.
The final two awards of the night recognized an individual or business with many years of service in tourism who serves as a role model for others through a pioneering spirit and willingness to “give back” to the industry. These were earned by taxi and tour operator Mr. George Scarborough (individual) and by the airline partner bringing the highest numbers of visitors to the destination, American Airlines.
All winners of the St. Kitts Experience Awards were nominated for the recognition and competition was strong from among their peers. The Awards ceremony is a unique cultural evening experience combining entertainment, networking and culinary enjoyment. Taking place on an annual basis, the Awards are part of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s efforts to elevate service standards within the destination’s hospitality industry and to encourage the development of more authentic, world-class visitor experiences to enhance St. Kitts’ competitive position in the regional and global tourism marketplace.
ABOUT ST. KITTS
Most recently, the destination ranked #3 on a list of the 10 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report following its ranking as #1 on the publication’s list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacationsin summer 2011. On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” byCaribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.
Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.
For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visitwww.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.
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