The Gleaner’s Hospitality Jamaica is the country’s sole tourism trade publication. And to celebrate their 10th anniversary, they held an awards function Saturday evening (Oct. 25, 2014) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.
The Hospitality Jamaica Awards is well-known as the Oscars of Jamaica’s tourism sector. Staged by the Gleaner, this ceremony was established to honour the best of Jamaica’s tourism offerings. In collaboration with platinum sponsors, the Jamaica Tourist Board, this function features the nation’s significant contributors to the tourist industry.
The Gleaner’s Managing Director, Christopher Barnes quoted that 2014 is a good year for the Gleaner, and everyone that support the publication contributes an important element for sustainability of the [tourism] industry. He also hailed the 30 nominees in various categories as among the best of Jamaica, whether they emerge winners of the awards or not.
The ceremony also awards Dr. Cecil Cornwall, the founder of the Western Hospitality Institute, as the inaugural Hospitality Personality of the Year, in which he quoted that this award means the world to him. “It’s the icing on the cake,” he added.
The winners for the categories are as follows:
- Jamaica’s Best Eco/Sustainable Hotel – Half Moon Hotel
- Jamaica’s Best Transportation Company – Island Car Rentals
- Jamaica’s Best Convention Facility – Montego Bay Convention Centre
- Jamaica’s Best Purveyor – Rainforest Seafoods
- Jamaica’s Best Attraction – Mystic Mountain
- Jamaica’s Best Small/Boutique Hotel – Rondell Village
- Jamaica’s Best Cuisine – Round Hill Hotel
- Jamaica’s Best in Entertainment – Riu Hotel
- Jamaica’s Best European Plan Hotel – Half Moon Hotel
- Jamaica’s Best All - Inclusive – Iberostar
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