BELMONT ESTATE RECEIVES COMMUNITY BENEFIT AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF UNIQUE AGRO-HERITAGE ATTRACTION AT STATE OF THE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE IN US VIRGIN ISLANDS
September 19th, 2014
Belmont Estate received this years Community Benefit Award in recognition of being a Unique Agro-Heritage Attraction at the State of the Industry Conference from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and TravelMole, held on Thursday 18th September 2014, in the US Virgin Islands.
This award is presented to a tourism enterprise or community that has 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 CTO.
The main objective of the CTO/TravelMole Sustainable Award is to highlight sustainable good practices while recognizing initiatives that both embrace and enhance the Caribbeans tourism environment and product.
Ms. Paula Lewis, Marketing, Promotions and Customer Services Manager received the award on behalf of Belmont Estate. In an interview with CTO she 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. Ms. 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 receiving the award as humbling, and yet she is ecstatic that Grenada was represented in the CTO winners for 2014. She heartily congratulates all awardees and special mentions of this year’s awards and emphasized continued commitment to working with Belmont Estate’s strategic partners; to improving the lives of the people of the various communities; providing better opportunities for the Estate’s employees and to continue creating outstanding experiences, products and services for all visitors and guests.
She added that the award is also a win for Grenada, as the island has made significant strides in repositioning the island’s brand identity as ‘Pure Grenada’, enabling more dynamic marketing opportunities while staying in touch with todays tourism and hospitality environment.
Ms. Nyack Compton wants to encourage Grenada’s tourism businesses to remain committed as the driving force of the island’s tourism destination, striving for excellence and continued innovation.
Belmont Estate was one of six awardees, representing diverse Caribbean initiatives. They included St. Kitts and Nevis’s Tourism Ministry for Destination Stewardship; Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort for Sustainable Accommodation; the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society for Heritage Preservation; the British Virgin Islands’ Guana Island Hotel for Biodiversity Conservation and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.