Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017
To identify individuals as well as organizations that constantly make important contributions to the thriving tourism sector of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, Hon. Minister of Tourism officially introduced the Tourism Service Excellence Awards or the TSEA on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.
Back in 2008, the TSEA was conceptualized by Minister Bartlett is now all geared up in recognizing and rewarding individuals and organizations that represent service excellence in the local tourism sector. TPDCO or the Tourism Product Development Company, an agency of the Tourism Ministry, heads the programme.
Minister Bartlett explained that the awards programme turned out to be a way to return those who play a vital role behind the success of Jamaican tourism sector. “We had to create an arena to showcase, to reward, in a less tangible but a more meaningful way and to respond to the need for you (tourism workers) to feel respected and honoured. Because it is the crew that has enabled this ship of tourism, and it is the crew we want to celebrate, to extol in all its values and virtues and exemplify as the symbol of excellence in our space,” he noted.
Minister Bartlett also stated once excellent service is offered and initiations are made to prize the key players in the sector, they will carry on performing at a high standard and Jamaica will keep up a remarkable tourism product in front of the visitors worldwide. “Visitors will then view Jamaica as the place of promise and hope, which will inspire more people to visit the country,” the Tourism Minister said.