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The Sandals and Beaches team in a celebratory mood after winning 15 awards, including the Caribbean's Leading Hotel Chain for the 23rd year, during the World Travel Awards gala at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort last Saturday night.
Dittie Guise (left) of the Montego Bay Convention Centre with
senior adviser in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright, and
Miss Jamaica World 2016 Ashlie Barrett, after receiving the
award for Caribbean’s Leading Convention Centre.

Jamaica makes big haul at World Travel Awards

Janet Silvera, Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

For the sixth consecutive year, the Montego Bay Convention Centre has copped the World Travel Award (WTA) for the Caribbean's Leading Meetings and Conference Facility.

Last Saturday night, the centre's general manager, Dittie Guise shared the spotlight with several other Jamaican companies recognised at the Caribbean and North America WTA gala ceremony at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

Overwhelmingly pleased and excited at receiving the award, Guise said, "We are genuinely thrilled that we were able to come out on top in a category with such impressive nominees. Since inception, the Montego Bay Convention Centre has focused on providing sterling service to our clients. So, for us, it's truly an honour that validates the exceptional effort we place on providing a first-rate convention centre we can all be proud of."

Topping the list of awardees was Sandals Resorts International (SRI), as its Sandals and Beaches properties walked away with 15 awards, including the Caribbean's Leading Hotel Chain, a title it has received 23 times.

Also awarded within SRI's brand was its philanthropic arm, the Sandals Foundation, which received the special honour of Outstanding Contribution to Corporate Social Responsibility Projects for its commitment to making a positive impact in the region through education, environment and community.

Braco Melia Village was recognised as the Caribbean's Leading New Hotel; Club MoBay was named the Caribbean's Leading Airport Lounge; Sangster International, honoured as the Caribbean's Leading Airport and Trafalgar Travel taking home the Caribbean's Leading Travel Agency award for another year.

The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 for the express purpose of acknowledging and celebrating achievements in all areas of the world's travel and tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com 

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