A visitor receives a massage from a Jnugle Bay Resort & Spa worker. Photo: Jungle Bay Resort & Spa

Nine private sector individuals and organizations have been recognized for their contribution to the tourism sector for the year.

The Ministry of Tourism and Discover Dominica Authority presented the deserving persons with awards at a ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel on Friday.

Head of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper congratulated the awardees and acknowledged the importance of the private sector in developing Dominica’s tourism sector.

“We understand the importance that the private sector plays in the tourism industry and in accomplishing the collective goal of increasing visitors to the destination, increasing the visitor expenditure left on island, attracting visitors for longer stays, or some combination thereof, and so we believe it is essential in recognizing the private sector since they play a key role in moving the industry forward. For years of continued sacrifice by the stakeholders have helped to make a positive contribution to the development and promotion of this sector,” he stated.

The Calibishie Lodges received the award for Accommodation of the Year, while Jungle Bay Resort and Spa received the award for Responsible Tourism.

Calibishie Lodges. Photo credit: images.travelpod.com

The Mero Enhancement Committee was given the award for Community Tourism Development, while Cornelia Guiste received the Industry Employee of the Year award.  Venelda Beautreau- a tour guide for 14 years- was named Tour Guide of the Year and the Tourism Vendor of the Year award was presented to Nouvena Daniel. She has been a vendor for the past 14 years.

Special recognition awards were presented to Isaline Carter for her work as a tour guide, while Jenner Robinson was recognized as a tourism taxi service provider.  Whitchurch Tours received an award for its work as a tour operator and Jason Benjamin received his prize as the tourism jingle contest winner.

Piper said that he hopes that the recognition of these private sector stakeholders will encourage other tourism providers to emulate the work of the awardees.

- Staff reporter