Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, Chairman & Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort, one of the Caribbean’s leading hoteliers and Grenada’s Tourism Ambassador -t-Large, was showered with praises as yet another prestigious accolade was bestowed upon him.
At a formal reception held last week at the world renowned Friar’s Club in New York, Sir Royston was the proud recipient of the AAHS Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement award recognising his untiring service of over 51 years to Grenada and the Caribbean region.
In presenting the award to Sir Royston, CEO of AAHS, Joseph Cinque said that the Academy is indeed pleased to present such a rare but significant award to a man who has dedicated his entire life to service.
“Sir Royston has unselfishly given his time and energy over the past 51 years to helping Grenada grow its tourism. He also continues to exemplify what leadership in tourism is all about.” said Cinque, noting: “This distinction is only awarded to a few individuals.”
“I am humbled by this award,” said a surprised Sir Royston who thought he was there only to receive Spice Island Beach Resort’ s Six Star Diamond Award.
“As my motto has always been, I serve with honour, but not for honour. I am only driven by a deep desire to see my country and the Caribbean continue to grow, especially in the area of tourism” he added.
Sir Royston thanked his wife Lady Hopkin and his children Nerissa, Ryan and Janelle whose support he acknowledged “has been pivotal” to his success.
A recipient of Lifetime Achievement awards from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Sir Royston explained: “This recognition is particularly meaningful as it is very rarely bestowed. I am truly in the company of some of the most visionary entrepreneurs in luxury tourism.”
The Lifetime Achievement award was presented at a gala event held in honour of Spice Island Beach Resort’s third consecutive Six Star Diamond recognition which attracted the attendance of several travel industry dignitaries along with famous major television news celebrities including WPIX television news anchor Marvin Scott and Rita Cosby of CBS television’s Inside Edition, all of whom were there as part of the celebration of Sir Royston’s remarkable achievements.
“The service provided by Spice Island Beach Resort creates an experience that is unsurpassed in the Caribbean. This is excellence personified,” said Cinque, when presenting Spice Island Beach Resort with the 2016 Six Star Diamond award.
The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences specialises in reviewing hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, automobiles, products, restaurants and chefs, and is most notably known for its International Star Diamond Award.
The award is the most prestigious honour of true excellence in hospitality, gastronomy, attitude, quality, cleanliness and service.
AAHS receives a large number of potential recipients for the award from respectable sources around the world.
The selection is then refined by the Board of Trustees, and the final evaluation is a visit by an anonymous inspector to review the destination and its services.