Music and hospitality pioneer Chris Blackwell has been honoured at a star-studded gala ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The founding father of Island Data and Island Outpost was acknowledged with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the World Journey Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2019.
The red-carpet night, which was hosted at Sandals Montego Bay, marked the opening leg of the World Journey Awards Grand Tour 2019 – an annual seek for the best journey and tourism organisations on the earth.
Winners on the ceremony included the paradise island of St. Lucia, which collected Caribbean’s Main Honeymoon Vacation spot, whereas Las Vegas fended off stiff competitors to emerge as North America’s Main Vacation spot.
Jamaica was named Caribbean’s Main Seashore Vacation spot and whereas the Jamaica Vacationer Board took the title of Caribbean’s Main Vacationer Board.
Visitors on the gala occasion loved leisure from the acclaimed queen of British soul, Beverley Knight, and the Grammy-nominated reggae vocalist, Etana.
The night came about on the eve of the 37th version of Caribbean Journey Market.
Graham Cooke, founding father of World Journey Awards, stated: “What an unimaginable night it has been right here on the magnificent Sandals Montego Bay, the house of the Sandals model, to mark the opening of our 26th annual Grand Tour.
“We have now had the privilege of recognising the area’s main locations, lodges, resorts, airways and journey suppliers and my congratulations to every of them.”
Within the hospitality sector, winners included Tobago’s Coco Reef Resort & Spa (Caribbean’s Main Lodge), Marriott Motels (North America’s Main Lodge Model) and Conrad New York (North America’s Main Lodge).
The beachside refinement of Rosewood Baha Mar, Bahamas was acknowledged with award for Caribbean’s Main New Resort.
A relentless drive to innovate helped Sandals to raise the title of Caribbean’s Main Lodge Model.
Within the aviation sector, Caribbean Airways was named Caribbean’s Main Airline, whereas Sangster Worldwide Airport, Jamaica, walked off with the trophy for Caribbean’s Main Airport and Air Canada was voted North America’s Main Airline.
Occasions on the World Journey Awards Grand Tour 2019 embrace Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Madeira (Portugal), Mauritius, La Paz (Bolivia) and Phu Quoc (Vietnam).
The regional winners will progress to the Grand Ultimate 2019, which is being hosted in Muscat (Oman) on November28th.
Discover a full checklist of winners on the official World Journey Awards web site.
World Journey Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and have fun excellence throughout all sectors of the tourism trade.
In the present day, the model is recognised globally as the last word hallmark of high quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Every year, World Journey Awards covers the globe with a sequence of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and have fun particular person and collective success inside every key geographical area.
The gala ceremonies are broadly considered the most effective networking alternatives within the journey trade, attended by authorities and trade leaders, luminaries and worldwide print and broadcast media.