Jamaica Hosts Inaugural Golden Tourism Day Awards In Montego Bay

Tourism workers who’ve given fifty years or more of service to the industry were celebrated on Sunday, December 16 at a gala event at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Organized by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Ministry of Tourism, the inaugural Golden Tourism Day Awards will become an annual event that honors industry stalwarts.

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Above: For giving 58 years of unbroken service to the tourist industry, Melvin Williams (left) accepts his award from Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism
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Above: Pishu Chandiram (left) a 67-year veteran receives his award to thunderous applause given by the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. Mr. Chandiram was the longest serving awardee during the Golden Tourism Day Awards.

“Tonight, we recognize your tireless efforts, your passion and your commitment to our industry. Recently Kayak announced to the world that Jamaica is ranked number 5 trending destination. We thank you for helping us achieve that,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Over the years, our tourism workers have demonstrated a resilience and that special brand of hospitality that has served Jamaica so well.”

Some 56 awardees who have served the industry as raft captains, craft traders, ground transportation operators, hoteliers, in-bond store operators, tour operators and Red Cap Porters were lauded for their remarkable contribution.

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Donovan White, (right) Director of Tourism has the rapt attention of Dolsie Daley (left) Craft Trader, as she proudly accepts her 58 years of service award during the Golden Tourism Day Awards

Jamaica continues to experience a record-breaking year with respect to visitor arrivals and it is only fitting that the industry celebrate the workers who are responsible for helping achieve these remarkable results.

To learn more about Jamaica, go to www.visitjamaica.com.

About Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Mumbai.

TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2018. Also this year, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the Best Destination for Adventure Tourism and TravAlliance Media named the JTB the Best Tourism Board Overall. Additionally, the JTB has been declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for twelve consecutive years between 2006 and 2018. Jamaica also earned the WTA’s award for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination, Leading Cruise Destination and Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2018 for the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that have won several awards throughout the years.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).  Follow the JTB on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.