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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