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The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association hosted its second annual Star Award Show at the Beaches Resort & Spa on Thursday February 25th. 

The Star Award Show is an annual event that recognises and celebrates the contributions of those in the hospitality industry through awards in select areas and categories. This year there were 15 categories in total, including the Lifetime Achievement Award which is awarded to an individual who over their lifetime has made a significant difference in the industry and has contributed great accomplishments in the Turks and Caicos Islands. An additional category was added to the line up this year; that of Entertainer of the Year. This title celebrates a person or group displaying the greatest expertise in all aspects of the entertainment field.

Some of the winners were selected by an independent group of judges based on how best suited the nominee was to the criteria outlined for each category. This year the members of the TCHTA were involved in the selection of winners for Hotel; Hotelier and Entertainer of the Year, with the TCHTA Board Members selecting the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Caesar Campbell, CEO of the TCHTA noted that “Given the economic climate, we should all strive to ensure that each guest to our Islands receives service levels that exceed their expectations, and each employee within the industry is essential to this goal. We hope that those who were nominated and especially those who’ve received awards will be an inspiration to others. We thank our nominees and winners for working towards making the Turks and Caicos Islands a world class tourism destination!”

The winners of 2009 – 2010 TCHTA Star Awards include:

 Bartender of the Year – Norwyn Guthrie, The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay

Housekeeper of the Year – Delia Hernandez, The Regent Palms Resort

Employee of the Year – Christopher Suerte, The Sands Resort at Grace Bay

Supervisor of the Year – Maxime Fleuriot, The Regent Palms Resort

Taxi Driver of the Year – Lige Levais

Allied Member of the Year – Tropical Imaging

Chef of the Year – Lauren Callighen, The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay

Manager of the Year – Leola Rolle, Grace Bay Club Resort

The Heart of Hospitality Award – Rayan Williams, Beaches Resort Villages & Spa

The Ambassador Award – Charles Lerenard, The Windsong Resort

TCHTA Shining Star – Karen Whitt, The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay

Hotelier of the Year – Pierre Beswick, The Sands Resort at Grace Bay

Hotel of the Year – The Regent Palms Resort

Entertainer of the Year – Craig Archibold

The Lifetime Achievement Award – Stan Hartling, The Hartling Group

This year’s special recognition went to David Bowen, Director of Culture, for his commitment to preserving and celebrating the culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He made special mention of current local musicians, bands and carberet artists and noted that these groups and individuals play an essential role in maintaining the Turks and Caicos culture, and in keeping the art of entertainment alive and vibrant in the islands.

Opening remarks were made by Kingsley Been, Permanent Secretary of the Governor’s Office and the keynote speech was delivered by Hugh Fulford, Executive Chairman of the TCI Tourist Board who emphasised that everyone in the tourism industry needs to play on their strengths in order to stay afloat given the economic effect on tourism.

The Star Awards Show included a cultural presentation from students of the Hubert James Primary School as well as entertainment from The Beaches Resort’s entertainment group and musical entertainment by Marvin Hendfield, with music provided by DJ Cliff.

Karen Whitt, President of the TCHTA expressed, “’Hard work brings success, we’ll settle for nothing less! …We come to shine!’ These words were sung by the students of the North Caicos Hubert James Primary School during their cultural presentation and are so fitting to our theme for this event!  It is exciting to note that this year we had more nominations than last. This signifies that our hospitality employees are in tune with the vision of improving our tourism product. This year we have even more sponsors on board as well, not only assisting with the organisation of the event, but also providing gift items to our winners. It is promising to note that our corporate entities value the hard work and effort of our employees and are willing to show their appreciation to the dedicated members of TCI’s main industry. Congratulations to all nominees and especially our winners. You’re all shining stars!”

The TCHTA thanks all those who sponsored and supported the Star Award Show: Beaches Resort Villages & Spa, Graceway IGA, Caicos Pride Products, The Wine Cellar & Bambarra Rum, Island Pride Supermarket, LIME, New Era Petroleum, Security Centre, Royal Jewels, TCI Bank, Tropical Imaging, IslandCom.  Special thanks to all our hotel sponsors, David Bowen, Marvin Henfield, DJ Cliff, Kitch Penn & We Funk Junkanoo, Cheryl-Ann Shand, The Flower Girl, Other People’s Affairs, Precious Memories Forever, Top O’The Cove Deli, TCI Airport Authority, Turks and Caicos Friends of the Arts, the Star Awards organising committee and members of the TCHTA.

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