Kathy Haskins of Shoal Bay Villa Resort, is this year’s “Hotelier of the Year”. Nat Hodge of The Anguillian newspaper named the First Recipient of the Tourism Media Award.
The 2011 Tourism Gala and Awards, which was held at Coba Restaurant at Viceroy Anguilla on Thursday December 1st, was a top class event featuring a televised ‘Oscar style’ awards ceremony, wonderful food in a glorious setting, with fine wines and one of the largest door prize draw ever in Anguilla, with a total of 36 prizes drawn.
The venue was spectacularly dressed by the world famous florist BLACK ORCHID FLORIST, and well handled by the talented staff of Viceory Anguilla, a total of 168 tourism professionals – all dressed to the nines - truly was a reflection of Anguilla's uniquely up market tourism product. The guests were photographed and filmed as they arrived on the Red Carpet, and enjoyed a cocktail reception which was sponsored DIGICEL ANGUILLA, before taking to their seats at tables, each of which was each named after a different BIRD. Graphics for the tables were produced by EVASS Printers. Denise and Rocklyn Maynard, of Professional Photos produced the live video footage of the arrivals and filmed the awards ceremony which was shown on multiple screens around the venue creating a very lush and special feeling. Fine wines were provided by CHATEAU ST. MICHELLE by their agent, Les Grand’s Vins de France
The ceremony commenced with The National Anthem, followed by The National Song. The Invocation was delivered by REVEREND CANDIS NILES, (Director of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourist Board) followed by an introduction delivery by Mr. DELROY LAKE Vice President of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association and Manager of Anacoana Boutique Hotel, this was then followed by a message from THE GOVERNOR of Anguilla, MR. ALISTER HARRISON, and HONORABLE MR. HAYDN HUGHES, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY WITHIN THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM.
MRS. GILDA GUMBS-SAMUEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ANGUILLA HOTEL AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION, then joined Mr. Delroy Lake at the podium and started the awards proceedings. The fast moving awards ceremony honored tourism professionals across a number of categories and the excitement of the crowd was palpable as most of the awardees were unaware that they were winners that night.
The 2011 Anguilla Tourism Awards were awarded as follows:
Pioneer Awards, Sponsored by Caribbean Commercial Bank
Mrs. Amelia Vanterpool Kubisch and Mr. Jack Wigley Sr. (Graciously accepted by his son, Jack Wigley Jr.)
Ports Employees of the Year, Sponsored by First Caribbean International Bank
Margaret Reid, Seaport Employee of the Year
Debrah Connor, Airport Employee of the Year
Allied Member of the Year, Sponsored by Cap Juluca Hotel
Mrs. Melinda Goddard –ClienTell Consulting
Media House/Media Personality of the Year
Mr. Nat Hodge for The Anguillian newspaper
Employee of the Year, Sponsored by the National Bank of Anguilla
Nominated: Eugene Hodge - Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa
Travis Simpson - Viceroy
Marge Roberta Hughes - Carimar
Terrence “CASA” Rogers - Cap Juluca
The Employee of the Year award was won by Mr. Travis Simpson of Viceroy Anguilla
Supervisor of the Year, sponsored by the National Bank of Anguilla
Nominated: Patricia Bryan - CapJuluca Hotel
Susan Brooks - Frangipani
Kendra Gajadher - CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa
Lenox Carty -Viceroy Anguilla
The Supervisor of the Year award was won by Ms. Susan Brooks of Frangipani Beach Hotel
Special Commendation for ongoing contribution to the Gala and Award was presented to Ms. Nathalie Le Senchael - Les Grand Vins De France
Restaurant and Villa Members of the Year - Sponsored by Cape Air
Restaurant of the Year went to Sand Bar - JoAsh Procter and Denise Carr.
Villa Member of the Year went to Mrs. Jackie Pascher of Island Dream Properties
The Awards presentation culminated with a champagne toast as Mrs. Sherille Hughes, President of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association, and 3rd Vice President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, read out the commendation for 2011 Hotelier of the Year, sponsored by Scotia Bank Anguilla Ltd. The winner was:
Mrs. Kathy Haskins - Shoal Bay Beach Villa
The award was presented by Mr. Kerwin Jn. Baptise, Manager of Scotia Bank Anguilla, and Mrs. Sherille Hughes.
The announcement of Mrs. Haskins success in receiving the coveted trophy was greeted with a huge round of applause from her colleagues in the tourism industry.
Also during the evening, Ms. Gina Brooks, Tourism Planner within the Ministry of Tourism, and Mrs. Gilda Gumbs Samuel, Executive Director of the AHTA and organizer of the Annual Tourism Gala Awards, entertained the crowd with the hugely enjoyable ‘Door Prize Draw’. Fantastic gifts and Prizes included hotel and villa stays, restaurant vouchers, gift vouchers, flights, spa treatments, gift baskets, and gifts from Lime and Digicel.
The evening drew to a close with a Vote of Thanks delivered by Ms. Gina Brooks, who thanked the Guests , Awardee, Suppliers, Prize Givers and Viceory Anguilla, and their staff for a fabulous evening, who had all worked together to provide exemplary service.
The evening ended with guests dancing to music by the ever popular Boss and the Horsepower band, and it was a wonderful end to an excellent event.
The now famous “Tourism After Party” got on the way at the Sunset Lounge, with music and dancing. Music was provided by DJ Sugar.
The Tourism Gala is the glittering event of Tourism Week, which takes place every year during the last week of November. Tourism Week is organized by the Ministry of Tourism, The Anguilla Tourist Board and the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association.
Our Special Thanks to everyone that has contributed in making this another Fabulous and Successful Tourism Gala and Awards Event.