Antigua and Barbuda’s best tourism workers honoured at Tourism Gala Awards

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Young Hotelier of the Year, Michelle Seaforth, Mill Reef Club

Tourism Gala Awards Recognizes Excellence in Antigua and Barbuda’s Hospitality Industry

As the curtains gracefully descended on Tourism Week, the gems of the Hospitality Industry in Antigua and Barbuda were honoured in a spectacular celebration.

A total of twelve awards were presented, with fifty-five nominees vying for recognition. The following highlights the noteworthy winners from the enchanting evening: 

ABHTA Employee of the Year: Hilma Joseph, Carlisle Bay Antigua

Employee of the Year – Hilma Joseph, Carlisle Bay

ABHTA Supervisor of the Year: Joslyn Williams, Carlisle Bay Antigua

Supervisor of the Year – Joslyn Williams, Carlisle Bay

Rising Star of the Year: Tammica Mendoza, Sandals Grande Antigua

Rising Star – Tammica Mendoza, Sandals Grande Antigua


Young Hotelier of the Year: Michelle Seaforth, Mill Reef Club

Young Hotelier of the Year, Michelle Seaforth, Mill Reef Club


Young Chef of the Year: Jean-Pierre Tuitt, Jumby Bay Island

Young Chef of the Year – Jean Pierre Tuitt – Award Received by Isha Joseph-Moore

Chef of the Year: Ronald Wilson, Blue Waters Resort & Spa

Chef of the Year, Ronald Wilson Carlisle Bay

Transportation Service Provider of the Year: Andre Friday, Antigua & Barbuda St. John’s Taxi Association

Transportation Service Provider of the Year, Andre Friday, St. John’s Taxi Association

Port Frontline Employee of the Year: Andre Norton, Antigua Cruise Port

Port Frontline Employee of the Year Andre Norton, Antigua Cruise Port

Tour Guide of the Year: Sean Weathered, Antigua VIP Tours

Tour Guide of the Year Sean Weathered, Antigua VIP Tours

Social Media Excellence Award: Cocobay Resort

Social Media Excellence and Digital Marketing Awards, Cocobay Resort

Digital Marketing Excellence Award: Cocobay Resort

In a poignant moment, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously presented to Dennis Friday, Esq., and graciously accepted by his son, Andre Friday.

A revered figure in Antigua and Barbuda’s taxi industry, Mr. Friday’s illustrious career spanned over fifty-five years. Notable milestones include being the first taxi driver from Antigua to be honored in Spain for exceptional service and pioneering the first limousine company and 45-seater bus on the island.

Mr. Friday’s legacy embodies the essence of a remarkable taxi driver—responsible, locally savvy, punctual, and exceptionally hospitable. His profound knowledge of Antigua ensured safe and timely journeys for all passengers.

The Antigua & Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association, The Ministry of Tourism Civil Aviation, Transportation and Investment, and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority extend heartfelt congratulations to all the deserving winners, making this celebration a true testament to the excellence within the vibrant hospitality landscape of Antigua and Barbuda.

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