Grenadian hotelier, Sir Royston Hopkin has copped another major prestigious award.
The Spice Island Beach Resort, of which Sir Royston is the Owner and Managing Director, was bestowed on Tuesday night with the Six Star Diamond Award from the well known and reputed American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
This signature honour cannot be anything much bigger for a man and hotel that all Grenadians should be proud of as one of their own.
Amidst, this prestigious award, there are those who still continue to cast doubts on the success of Sir Royston and his Spice Resort brand in the international hospitality market place.
It is sickening to hear some in the country using the words – how much has he paid again for this one?
THE NEW TODAY wish that those in the hotel industry who often utter those words would take at least one page from the book of Sir Royston and try to improve and lift the standard of their own properties.
If these property owners are smart they would try to understand what this hotelier is doing to keep Spice Resort at a particular standard in order to attract the many array of international awards.
If bribery was being used then many other hoteliers with much deeper and larger pockets than Sir Royston would have been able to match and out-spend him in buying up all kinds of awards around the globe.
This newspaper wants to believe that it has to be something else and as this premier hotelier has often stated it is the kind of service offered by Spice to the many repeating visitors.
It is noteworthy that on the night of receiving the award, Sir Royston heaped praise on his Chef, Jesson Church, a local person who has been at the hotel for the past 13 years and came in initially as an ordinary cook and worked his way to the top of the ladder.
Over the years, the Head Cook at many of our top hotels were often foreigners with locals just helping them in the kitchen to turn out the various meals.
The Head Cook at a prestigious hotel in any part of the world earns top dollars. Sir Royston was prepared to recognise the hard work of Mr. Church and reward him as his Head Chef in the same manner in which he would pay a foreigner holding such a prestigious position.
That is a big and large man with his head in the right direction. Another local hotel owner would feel that his Grenadian cook cannot earn a salary in excess of a certain pittance.
Despite his many successes and awards, Sir Royston has not lost the common touch. He seems to be on top of everything happening within his resort and has gained the respect and admiration of many of his staffers.
He has a reputation for working as many and even longer hours than most of his staffers. He is not engaged in idleness as some of the other local hotel owners who always seem to complain that business is bad.
These same hoteliers can often be seen on the Golf Course enjoying themselves to the fullest and not looking after their real business.
As Tallpree would say, while they minding my business it is my business that is minding me.
THE NEW TODAY would like to once again extend best wishes to Sir Royston and his team at Spice for putting Grenada on the map in the hospitality industry.
The country can do with a few more persons like the owner of this resort on the Grand Anse beach to help to put Grenada’s tourism industry on a better plateau.
Given the current economic construct, the tourism industry would continue to play a leading role for years to come in the economic life blood of this country.
During the award ceremony, some important statements were made by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Keith Mitchell on the state of things with respect to the so-called homegrown Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) that has been implemented by government.
Dr. Mitchell indicated that he had spent the earlier part of the day engaged in a sitting of Parliament in which his 15-month old New National Party (NNP) administration had piloted the remainder of the austerity measures that had to be passed in order to satisfy the international community that Grenada had done its part of the deal.
The Prime Minister announced that it was now up to the other partners to fulfill the promises made to Grenada with respect to their own contributions towards the success of the Structural programme.
The Senate was due to meet in quick order on Thursday afternoon to ratify the legislation that was passed by the elected representatives two days earlier.
There appears to be a mad rush by government to satisfy the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others in order for the promised money to start flowing into the coffers of the Treasury.
The question which has to be answered in due course is whether the government is not bringing in too many taxes in short order, which in time will leave the people with very little or no disposable income in their hands to spend and to keep the economy moving upwards.
Is three years sufficient time for this Structural Adjustment Programme to work and address the massive fiscal deficit facing the government?