#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, Monday, March 1st 2020 – The 11th annual Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association’s Star Awards took place on February 27th in the vibrant surroundings of Treasure Beach, Beaches Resort Villages & Spa. In true form, scores turned out in vast numbers to celebrate the stars of the hospitality industry being honoured for their remarkable achievements in 2019.
Nothing was spared to deliver an unrivaled evening of fine dining, pomp and circumstance. Award winners and attendees alike were treated to a robust and tantalizing dinner spread with entertainment by Prime DJs and the Beaches Entertainment Team. The country’s dignitaries were out in numbers to celebrate the achievements of these special individuals. Notably, HE the Governor Nigel Dakin, Premier, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, HE Deputy Governor Anya Williams, Hon Akierra Missick on behalf of Hon Washington Misick and Deputy Leader of the Progressive National Party, E Jay Saunders.
TCHTA CEO Stacy Cox said, “It is clear that Turks and Caicos at large understands and appreciates the hard work of these individuals who are the heart and soul of the industry. There’s no doubt that it is indeed the people who make brand TCI what it has become. What Turks and Caicos continues to achieve in this industry is due to these men and women who meet and surpass challenges every day and push the boundaries of excellence each time they step into their roles.”
A highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by the Premier, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, who reminded event goers and awardees that they are the key to the sustainability of the island’s primary industry and are valued beyond measure. She heralded the achievements of the sector and the dedication of those who assure its success.
Accolades and awards were presented in nine categories:
Housekeeper of the Year – Supervisor of the Year – Manager of the Year – Employee of the Year – Bartender of the Year- TCHTA’s Regional Stars – Civil Servant of the Year – Taxi Driver of the Year – Fan Favourite of the Year
TCHTA President Todd Foss shared, “This year’s Star Awards was a sold-out event, which speaks to the way the community wants to show its support and cheer for these amazing stars. The TCHTA is proud to provide this platform and we’re grateful to our members, sponsors, committee and everyone who believes in and continues to support this effort.”
Attendees spoke of their delight at the intricate décor, the exquisite dining and the entertainment provided by the Beaches team, which included a surprise fire dancing experience to close out the night. Fancies were tickled throughout the evening by the comedic and engaging entertainment provided by the event’s co-emcees, Ms. Deandrea Hamilton and Mr. David Wallace.
The TCHTA is thankful to the sponsors who also acted as presenters of the night’s awards: Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, FortisTCI, Turks & Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism, Carnival Corporation & PLC, CSC Insurance Brokers, KB Homes, Kalooki’s Grace Bay, Digicel and Southwest Airlines.
Appreciation is also extended to the many companies that generously donated giveaway prizes for the evening, with special thanks to the Sands on Grace Bay whose two-night ocean view suite was the grand prize for the event.