World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018

World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018

Winners from across the regions celebrate at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony, this year hosted at Sandals Montego Bay. Here Breaking Travel News chats with the winners as they step off stage with the prestigious trophies.

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Donovan White, director of tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board

Donovan White, director of tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board

26 September 2018

As the Jamaica Tourist Board is recognised with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony, Breaking Travel News chats with director of tourism Donovan White about what the prestigious honour means to him.

Julian Palmer, director of finance, Sangster International Airport

Julian Palmer, director of finance, Sangster International Airport

26 September 2018

Julian Palmer, director of finance at MBJ Airports, tells Breaking Travel News how it feels for Sangster International Airport, Jamaica, to have taken the title of Caribbean’s Leading Airport at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Gordon Shirley, president, Port Authority of Jamaica

Gordon Shirley, president, Port Authority of Jamaica

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News chats with Gordon Shirley, president and chief executive of the Port Authority of Jamaica, as Montego Bay claims the title of Caribbean’s Leading Home Port at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony.

Steve Adkins, chairman, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority

Steve Adkins, chairman, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News speaks to Steve Adkins, chairman of the Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority, as the city is recognised with the titles of North America’s Leading Honeymoon Destination and North America’s Leading Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Adam Stewart, deputy chairman, Sandals Resorts International

Adam Stewart, deputy chairman, Sandals Resorts International

26 September 2018

Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International, tells Breaking Travel News how it feels to have successfully defend the title of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018. He also tells us Sandals plays a vital role in the marketing of Jamaica as a tourism destination to international markets.

Charles Deyo, chief executive, Cendyn

Charles Deyo, chief executive, Cendyn

26 September 2018

Cendyn chief executive, Charles Deyo, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the company is recognised with the trophies for North America’s Leading Data Driven Marketing Agency and North America’s Leading Hotel CRM Technology Provider at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Eric Morrow, owner, Jamaica Inn

Eric Morrow, owner, Jamaica Inn

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News chats with Eric Morrow, owner of Jamaica Inn, as he picks up the World Travel Award title for the Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All Suite Resort on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the property.

Shelly-Ann Fung-King, chief executive, VIP Attractions

Shelly-Ann Fung-King, chief executive, VIP Attractions

26 September 2018

Shelly-Ann Fung-King, chief executive of VIP Attractions, chats with Breaking Travel News as Club Mobay at Sangster International Airport is recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

Josef Forstmayr, managing director, Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Josef Forstmayr, managing director, Round Hill Hotel & Villas

26 September 2018

Josef Forstmayr, managing director at the iconic Round Hill Hotel & Villas, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the property takes the title of Caribbean’s Leading Villa Resort for an unprecedented 15th time at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

Alicia Cabrera, senior marketing manager, Caribbean Airlines

Alicia Cabrera, senior marketing manager, Caribbean Airlines

26 September 2018

Alicia Cabrera, senior marketing manager at Caribbean Airlines, speaks to Breaking Travel News as she picks up the trophies for Caribbean’s Leading Airline and Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Koen Heitebrink and Brian Roper, Sandals Resorts International

Koen Heitebrink and Brian Roper, Sandals Resorts International

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News chats with Brian Roper, general manager of Beaches Ocho Rios, and Koen Heitebrink, general manager at Sandals Royal Plantation, as they pick up the trophy for Grenada’s Leading Resort on behalf of Sandals Grenada during the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony.

Strawberry Hill, Diana Marley, General Manager

Strawberry Hill, Diana Marley, General Manager

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News chats with Diana Marley, general manager at Strawberry Hill, as the property is recognised with the title of Jamaica’s Leading Boutique Hotel during the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Montego Bay.

Delta Air Lines, Jessica Wolf and Renee Campbell

Delta Air Lines, Jessica Wolf and Renee Campbell

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News speaks to Jessica Wolf, sales manager for Delta Air Lines in the Dominican Republic, and Renee Campbell, station manager for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, as they pick up the awards for North America’s Leading Airline, North America’s Leading Airline Brand and United States’ Leading Airline to the Caribbean during the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony.

Carl Beviere, general manager, Sandals Montego Bay

Carl Beviere, general manager, Sandals Montego Bay

26 September 2018

Sandals Montego Bay this year played host to the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony. Here Carl Beviere, general manager of the hotel, tells Breaking Travel News how the event helps develop the Sandals brand and how it feels to have been recognised as Jamaica’s Leading Resort.

Ferry Zievinger, general manager, Sandals Barbados

Ferry Zievinger, general manager, Sandals Barbados

26 September 2018

Ferry Zievinger, general manager at Sandals Barbados, tells Breaking Travel News how the efforts of his outstanding team have allowed the property to take the title of Caribbean’s Leading Resort at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Yamila Fuster Evora, public relations chief, Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Yamila Fuster Evora, public relations chief, Hotel Nacional de Cuba

26 September 2018

Yamila Fuster Evora, public relations chief at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the Cuban-owned property takes the title of Cuba’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Yina Javier, director of marketing, the Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Yina Javier, director of marketing, the Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News speaks to Yina Javier, director of marketing for the Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel based in New York, as she picks up the title of North America’s Leading Luxury Hotel for the second year in a row at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

Stuart Jones, resident manager, GoldenEye

Stuart Jones, resident manager, GoldenEye

26 September 2018

Stuart Jones, resident manager at the GoldenEye resort, tells Breaking Travel News how claiming the title of Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony will help him welcome more guests to the prestigious property.

Dave Chin Tung, chief executive, GO! Jamaica Travel

Dave Chin Tung, chief executive, GO! Jamaica Travel

26 September 2018

Dave Chin Tung, chief executive of GO! Jamaica Travel, speaks to World Travel Awards as he picks up the titles of Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator and Caribbean’s Leading Destination Management Company for the fourth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony. Also on the agenda is a proposed expansion in Colombia and how this might help the local tourism market.

Frank Antoine, chairman, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Frank Antoine, chairman, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

26 September 2018

Frank Antoine, chairman of the board at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, tells Breaking Travel News how important care of the environment is to the hospitality sector as he picks up North America’s Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

Karron Benjamin, interim general manager, Montego Bay Convention Centre

Karron Benjamin, interim general manager, Montego Bay Convention Centre

26 September 2018

Karron Benjamin, interim general manager at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, tells Breaking Travel News how important the facility is to Jamaican tourism as he picks up the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony.

Kimberley Stiff, Bridgette Fraser and Hugh Clarke, Port Authority of Jamaica

Kimberley Stiff, Bridgette Fraser and Hugh Clarke, Port Authority of Jamaica

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News chats with Kimberley Stiff, Assistant Vice President, Marketing Communication, and Bridgette Fraser, Commercial Operations Manager, at the Port Authority of Jamaica, as well as Hugh Clarke, Port Manager at Port of Ocho Rios, at they pick up the trophies for Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Caribbean’s Leading Home Port at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony.

Michael Workman and Lisa Thomas, Delta Sky Club

Michael Workman and Lisa Thomas, Delta Sky Club

26 September 2018

Breaking Travel News catches up with Michael Workman, regional operations manager with Delta Sky Club, and Lisa Thomas, Sky Club manager in Seattle, as Delta Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is recognised with the title of North America’s Leading Airport Lounge at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Michael Campbell, managing director, Islands Car Rental

Michael Campbell, managing director, Islands Car Rental

26 September 2018

Michael Campbell, managing director of Island Car Rentals, celebrates with Breaking Travel News as he collects the trophies for Caribbean’s Leading Independent Car Rental Company and Jamaica’s Leading Car Rental Company during the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Rose Marie Lynch and Jody Smith, FCM Travel Solutions

Rose Marie Lynch and Jody Smith, FCM Travel Solutions

25 September 2018

Jody Smith, director of implementation at FCM Americas, and Rose Marie Lynch, director of customer experience, speak to Breaking Travel News as FCM Travel Solutions takes the title of North America’s Leading Travel Management Company at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

David Shields and Ryan Terrier, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures

David Shields and Ryan Terrier, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures

25 September 2018

David Shields, vice president of sales at Sandals, and Ryan Terrier, vice president of operations at Sandals, speak to Breaking Travel News as they pick up the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator on behalf of inhouse tour company Island Routes Caribbean Adventures during the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony.

Alexei Rusell, national sales manager, Dolphin Cove

Alexei Rusell, national sales manager, Dolphin Cove

25 September 2018

Breaking Travel News speaks to Alexei Rusell, national sales manager at Dolphin Cove, Jamaica, as the destination is honoured with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Jacqueline Joseph, director, Leisure Car Rental

Jacqueline Joseph, director, Leisure Car Rental

25 September 2018

Jacqueline Joseph, director of Leisure Car Rental, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the company takes the title of St Maarten’s Leading Car Rental Company at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

Talcie Neil, executive chef, Ian Fleming Villa @ GoldenEye

Talcie Neil, executive chef, Ian Fleming Villa @ GoldenEye

25 September 2018

Talcie Neil, executive chef at the Fleming Villa at the GoldenEye resort in Jamaica, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the location is recognised with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa during the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Natalie Benson and Salv Silvera, Allure Travel by CTM

Natalie Benson and Salv Silvera, Allure Travel by CTM

25 September 2018

Natalie Benson, chief operating officer of CTM, and Salv Silvera, senior vice president and general manager of leisure, speak to Breaking Travel News as Allure Travel by CTM is recognised by voters at the World Travel Awards as North America’s Leading Travel Agency during the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Robert Ferguson, reservations supervisor, GO! Jamaica Travel

Robert Ferguson, reservations supervisor, GO! Jamaica Travel

25 September 2018

Robert Ferguson, reservations supervisor at GO! Jamaica Travel, speaks to Breaking Travel News as he steps off stage with the trophy for Jamaica’s Leading Travel Agency at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Montego Bay.

Ramel Sobrino and David Latchimy, Sandals Resorts International

Ramel Sobrino and David Latchimy, Sandals Resorts International

25 September 2018

Breaking Travel News catches up with Ramel Sobrino, general manager at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, and David Latchimy, general manager of Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa, as they collect the World Travel Award for St Lucia’s Leading Resort on behalf of the team at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort during the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Patrice Wallace and Steven Kerr, sales, Trafalgar Travel

Patrice Wallace and Steven Kerr, sales, Trafalgar Travel

25 September 2018

Patrice Wallace, sales manager, and Steven Kerr, senior sales manager, with Trafalgar Travel speak to Breaking Travel News as the organisation is honoured with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Travel Agency at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Andres Cope, sales and marketing manager, Spanish Court Hotel

Andres Cope, sales and marketing manager, Spanish Court Hotel

25 September 2018

Breaking Travel News chats with Andres Cope, manager of reservations, sales, marketing & PR at the Spanish Court Hotel, as he picks up the trophy for Jamaica’s Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018.

Gerald Christ, general manager, Sandals Grande Antigua

Gerald Christ, general manager, Sandals Grande Antigua

25 September 2018

Gerald Christ, general manager at the Sandals Grande Antigua, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the property claims the title of Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Adrian Whitehead, general manager, Sandals South Coast

Adrian Whitehead, general manager, Sandals South Coast

25 September 2018

Adrian Whitehead, general manager at Sandals South Coast, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the property he leads is honoured with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Donna Karnes, director, Anytime Escapes Fit Division, Rovia

Donna Karnes, director, Anytime Escapes Fit Division, Rovia

24 September 2018

Breaking Travel News speaks to Donna Karnes, director of the Anytime Escapes Fit Division of Rovia, as she accepts the title of North America’s Leading Curated Group Travel Company at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in Jamaica.

Jorge Martinez, general manager, Meliá Braco Village

Jorge Martinez, general manager, Meliá Braco Village

24 September 2018

Jorge Martinez, general manager at Meliá Braco Village, chats with Breaking Travel News as he picks up the trophies for the Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Resort and Jamaica’s Leading Luxury Resort at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2018 in Jamaica.