Ramon's Village and Tropic Air recognized at 3rd Annual Tourism Awards

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 45            November 21, 2002

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Ramon's Village Assistant Manager Einer Gomez accepts Hotel of the Year Award

Belizeans involved in the tourism industry rendezvoused at The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza last Friday night for the 3rd Annual National Tourism Awards. This gala event marked the culmination of this year's tourism week observed from November 8th - 15th. Belize's version of the "Grammys" or "Oscars", this top-notch affair attracted key tourism personnel from all corners of Belize in a show of support and gratitude for all who have made significant contributions to the tourism industry.

    Four businesses in Ambergris Caye were recognized and two walked away with awards in their respective categories. Ramon's Village Resort, one of the island's leading resorts, was named Hotel of the Year. Tropic Air, the first airline to service the island, received the Receptive Service of the Year Award. Managing Director Steve Schulte accepted the award on behalf of Tropic Air. The other nominees from San Pedro were Amigos del Mar in the Tour Operator of the Year category and Victoria House in the Hotel of the Year category.

    Accepting the award on behalf of Ramon's Village was Assistant Manager Einer Gomez who thanked the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) for this honor and recognized the efforts of his staff - "the backbone of the hotel." Ramon's Village, although intimate, is a full-service resort. In addition to all their amenities, Ramon's Village also boasts a tour desk and their staff is routinely recognized for their friendliness, professionalism and dedication. Ramon's Village ensures that their clients' vacation is one they will never forget.

    Prior to the commencement of the ceremony, light musical entertainment was provided by Pablo Collado. The always-entertaining Mango Jam Band delighted the audience with musical interludes and while guests enjoyed a scrumptious four-course meal.

    Acting as Master of Ceremonies for the occasion was Mr. Rene Villanueva Sr. who introduced the presenters of the various awards. Thunderous applause filled the River Hall room of the Biltmore as the winners were announced. Providing a very touching moment during the evening was Therese Rath of the BTB who asked the congregation to join her in saluting the late Hugh Parkey for his contribution to the tourism industry of Belize.

    This year's winners of the National Tourism Awards were: Environmental Organization of the Year - Radio Ritmo/Luis Garcia; Educational Organization of the Year - Cayo Center for Employment Training; Corporate Organization of the Year - Naturalight Productions; Receptive Service of the Year - Tropic Air; Frontline Person of the Year - Marybeth Maestre (tourism trainer); Tour Guide of the Year - Mark McField; Tour Operator of the Year - Cruise Solutions; Hotel of the Year - Ramon's Village Resort; Lifetime Achievement Award - George and Coral Bevier of Rum Point Inn; Special Recognition - Hugh Parkey (posthumously); and Minister's Award - Hilderbrant "Skinny" Saunders (Belize City taxi driver).

    The San Pedro Sun salutes all the winners and nominees of the 3rd Annual National Tourism Awards.

The hardworking staff of Ramon's Village

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