THE AHTA TOURISM AWARDS

The AHTA Tourism Awards are designed to reward and promote excellence within the tourism industry.

Each year tourism operators are encouraged to enter the Awards providing employees with the opportunity to be publicly recognised for their industry contribution and achievements over the last 12 months.

The winners will be celebrated at the Gala Presentation Dinner at TBA on TBA. Everyone involved in the tourism industry is encouraged to participate and attend.

Tickets will be on sale from TBA at a cost of EC$200.00 per person and can be purchased from the AHTA office.

The Awards are open to all tourism businesses and suppliers that are members of the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association.
Category 1: YOUNG HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
This category is open to Hotels only.  The individual must be a true role model and an example to follow for young people entering the industry.  He/she should have demonstrated outstanding career achievement through self-development.  An expert in his/her field, the person should have demonstrated strong leadership abilities and the power to motivate others.  A candidate likely to become a leader in this country’s hotel industry.
Nominated this year are:
Andrew Buckley – Curtain Bluff
Lois Fletcher – Jolly Beach Resort & Spa
Denette Henry – Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Matara Murphy – Sandals Grande Antigua
Priscilla George – St. James’s Club
Timothy Scotland – Galley Bay Resort & Spa
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Category 2: HOTEL SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
This category is open to Hotels only. This award will go to a supervisor from any department of the hotel who has shown outstanding leadership skills.  This person should be able to motivate his/her team to achieve positive results for his/her property.  Examples of the impact of this person’s leadership on the overall hotel operation should be given.
Nominated this year are:
TBA
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Category 3: HOTEL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
This category is open to Hotels only.  The recipient of this award can come from any department of the hotel.  He/she should be an excellent role model to his/her fellow employees.  This person should demonstrate a positive attitude towards work and have been in the industry for at least three years.  He/she should be ambitious and show proof of personal development.
Nominated this year are:
TBA
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Category 4: ASSOCIATE MEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
This award will go to a person who has displayed outstanding customer service on a consistent basis throughout the year.  It should be demonstrated that this person has acted as a true service ambassador to our guests or customers, going beyond the call of duty.  The candidate can work in any area of the tourism industry except for in a hotel.
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Category 5: ASSOCIATE MEMBER SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
This award will go to a supervisor from any department who has shown outstanding leadership skills.  This person should be able to motivate his/her team to achieve positive results.  Examples of the impact of this person’s leadership on the overall operation should be given.
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Category 6: CHEF OF THE YEAR
This category is open to Hotel and Associate Members.  A culinary professional who is employed as an Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie or Pastry Chef, etc., who has served in the industry for at least 5 years, one of those years spent in his/her current position.  The nominee should display remarkable dedication to mentoring aspiring culinary professionals.  This chef must have strong proven proficiency and expertise in his field and commitment to acquiring new skills, techniques and knowledge.  Excellent communication skills necessary.  Good relations with his/her staff is also key.  Must provide evidence of commitment to the culinary arts and community service.  International exposure an asset.
Nominated this year are:
TBA

Category 7: YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR

This category is open to Hotel and Associate Members.  This award goes to aspiring chefs such as Senior Cooks, Supervisor Cooks, Pantry Maids and Line Cooks, who have worked for at least 3 years in the industry.  Nominees must be hard working and show keen interest in personal and professional development.  A team player, this person must display a strong commitment to the culinary arts and community.
Nominated this year are:

TBA