Belmont Estate has received the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and TravelMole 2014 Community Benefit Award in recognition of being a Unique Agro-Heritage Attraction at the State of the Industry Conference held September 18 in the US Virgin Islands.
The award is presented to a tourism enterprise or community that provides direct social and economic benefits to local people, positively contributes to maintaining heritage and authenticity, encourages strategic partnerships and opportunities for local community input and educates locals and visitors on sustainable tourism efforts.
According to the regional tourism body, the main objective of the CTO/TravelMole Sustainable Award is to highlight sustainable good practices while recognising initiatives that both embrace and enhance the Caribbean’s tourism environment and product.
Marketing, Promotions and Customer Services Manager at Belmont, Paula Lewis, travelled to the Virgin Islands to receive the award on behalf of Belmont Estate.
In an interview with CTO, Lewis expressed how very pleased she was that Belmont Estate was recognized for its sustainable efforts and practices in tourism and agriculture, and especially for its work community.
She expressed gratitude to their employees and partners, without whom this award would not have been possible.
Lewis sees the award as motivation for the company to continue its work of ensuring that its development is done in a sustainable manner that would bring benefits also to its employees, partners, guests, and communities.
Managing Director of Belmont Estate, Shadel Nyack-Compton, has described the receiving of the award as humbling, but is ecstatic that Grenada was among the CTO winners for 2014.
She congratulated all awardees and emphasised continued commitment to working with Belmont Estate’s strategic partners to improving the lives of the people of the various communities, as well as providing better opportunities for the Estate’s employees and to continue creating outstanding experiences, products and services for all visitors and guests.
According to Nyack-Compton, the award is also a win for Grenada, as the island has made significant strides in repositioning its brand identity as “Pure Grenada”, thus enabling more dynamic marketing opportunities while staying in touch with today’s tourism and hospitality environment.
She encouraged Grenada’s tourism businesses to remain committed to the task of being the driving force of the island’s tourism destination, while striving for excellence and continued innovation.
Belmont Estate was one of six awardees, representing diverse Caribbean initiatives. The others were St. Kitts and Nevis’s Tourism Ministry for Destination Stewardship, Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort for Sustainable Accommodation, Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society for Heritage Preservation, British Virgin Islands’ Guana Island Hotel for Biodiversity Conservation and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.