Caribbean Tourism’s Best Practices Honored at the CHIEF Awards
Leading tourism stakeholders from the Bahamas and St. Lucia took top honors at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards Celebration before a packed house last week at the Hyatt Regency Miami.
Hotels, attractions and tourism stakeholder organizations from throughout the Caribbean were evaluated in four categories covering Business Operations, Environmental Sustainability, Sales and Marketing, and Social Responsibility.
From the Bahamas, Small Hope Bay Lodge in Andros, Valentines Resort & Marina on Harbour Island, and the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) scored heavily with the judges. St. Lucia also registered strong placements by The Landings Resort and Spa, Bay Gardens Resorts, and Bel Jou Hotel.
In the Business Operations category, The Landings Resort & Spa captured first place, as judges were impressed with its outstanding success in turning around the resort's fiscal performance.
Following in second place was the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), which partnered with airport stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport to develop new operation procedures to manage significant passenger growth and improve the passenger experience throughout peak travel periods.
In third place, Atlantis Submarines (Barbados) Inc. was recognized for its exemplary dedication to the highest principles of safety and reliability.
In the Environmental Sustainability category, Small Hope Bay Lodge in Andros placed first. The Bahamian property launched a major re-engineering and upgrade initiative focused on solar power, as part of its refurbishments following the 2016 hurricane season.
Second place went to Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, recognized for its recent reduction of single-use plastics and Styrofoam products, as well as its 20 percent reduction in energy usage across occupied hotel guestrooms. Blue Horizons Garden Resort in Grenada took third place in the category, for its comprehensive approach towards reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba was honored with the Environmental Sustainability "Hall of Fame" award for ongoing leadership and excellence in this category.