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The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) on Wednesday (Nov. 29) staged its inaugural Tourism Industry Awards banquet in celebration of the Company’s 10th anniversary.
The event, which was held at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club, in Montego Bay, formed part of the Company’s tourism week activities, which saw individuals, organizations, and businesses recognized and honoured for excellence in their contribution to the country’s tourism product.
The recipients were presented with trophies, certificates and plaques. Chief among them was the Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel, which has consistently met all of the TPDCo’s regulatory requirements for the past five years, and, as such was declared the number one hotel property at the Awards ceremony.
Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun N’Dombet Assamba, in her remarks stated that 2006 had been a very good year for tourism. She noted the link between Jamaica’s exemplary performance and the maintenance of high standards within the sector. “It is nothing that happened by chance it is because of the good work that you all are doing,” Mrs. Assamba said in reference to the island’s performance levels in the industry.
“As Minister I am very proud to be with you all to honour those of you who are going to be honoured this evening because of your contribution to the growth and development of our industry,” she stated.
Mrs. Assamba emphasized the importance of the tourism sector to the economy and praised the level of private sector investments in the industry.
She appealed to all within the sector to cooperate and work with the TPDCo in its standards setting, adding that it is for the benefit of everyone. “It really is for your protection,” she said.
Minister Assamba also called for industry players to begin to “think outside the box” in the creation of more activities for visitors to the island to experience and enjoy.