VIDEO: Outstanding year at Sandals Barbados resorts
Sean Duke from the Kitchen Department accepts the Pace Setter Award from general manager Ramel Sobrino.
2019 was a stellar year for internationally recognized luxury and all-inclusive resort chain Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal.
General manager of the Barbados-based resorts, Ramel Sobrino, boasted that last year the hotels performed above expectations with over 90 per cent occupancy at both properties.
Sobrino was speaking at the annual Sandals Prestige Awards ceremony held at Sandals Royal Barbados, Maxwell Gardens, Christ Church when he thanked the 1,400 employees for their contributions to the hotels’ success. The awards ceremony themed Fire and Ice, recognized and award the staff for their commitment and passion towards the Sandals’ brand.
“The people of Barbados have shown the quality, the integrity, the professionalism that is everything in this industry,” said the Sandals Barbados general manager during his feature address.
“Our returning clients are coming more often, we have more returning clients every month than ever before that is a statement of a job well done,” he added.
Sobrino disclosed Barbados has been a top performer alongside the likes of Turks and Caicos and Jamaica who have recently increased their room capacity and room categories.
Although he kept tightlipped about the chain’s plans for expansion in Barbados, Sobrino said the public can look forward to exciting news in the upcoming weeks. He also expressed that he expected the hotels’ performance to get “better and better” in 2020.
Sandals Prestige Awards 2019
“I believe we are going to be performing even better because we closed the year with such an unbelievable performance in visitors.”
Out of the 16 categories presented last night, the top awardees of the night were Shanice Seale from Front Desk who won the Diamond of the Year Award and Jamar Payne from Engineering who received the Platinum in the Crème de la Crème category.
Seale was personally selected by the general manager to receive the award. The 24-year-old told Loop News that during her two years with the resorts, she learned to “never underestimate yourself”. Overjoyed, Seale stated that the award was proof that hard work does pay off.
“It shows that hard work does pay off and it is a reminder to persons to just continue doing what you do best, even if you didn’t win an award this evening there are persons out there who are watching and they take note and recognition of your work and contribution.”
In the All Stars Category, MVP of The Year went to Sales Director Dayna Gilbert, All-Rounder of the Year Award went to Sandra Alleyne of the Laundry Department and the Team of the Year was the Engineering Department.