Crystal Pineapple Awards extends nomination period

POSTED: 09/18/15 12:34 PM

St. Maarten – The tenth Crystal Pineapple Awards, organised by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association, has extended the nomination period for its awards ceremony by six days until September 20, at 5 p.m.

This year’s edition of the Crystal Pineapple Awards will be special because it marks the tenth anniversary of the event and the 45th anniversary of the association. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday November 20.

Crystal Pineapple Awards is the only event on the island that recognises hospitality and trade personnel, organisations and associations, for their contribution towards the tourism industry, the island’s main economic pillar. The industry, directly and indirectly employs 87% of the workforce on the island. With this special edition the SHTA will be pulling out all the stops to highlight those persons within the industry who deserve to be honoured. The media marketing campaign will be expanded this year to provide the community with ample opportunity to nominate and vote for their candidates.

As with each year the SHTA asks the public to nominate candidates. The categories are evaluated and adjusted each year to reflect the innovations in the industries. There are special awards for best customer service representative, hospitality manager of the year and entertainer of the year.

“There are so many great people within our hospitality and trade industry. They should be recognized and highlighted. It’s about appreciating people and hopefully inspiring others to their best no matter their position. We all play our part in maintaining our tourism industry,” said SHTA Executive Director Anenda Zaandam.

The other categories for this year’s event are:

Accommodations division: employee, supervisor, department manager, timeshare sales person and rookie of the year; timeshare: outstanding performance in sales; restaurant division: employee, supervisor/manager, restaurateur, chef, bartender and rookie of the year; Trade division: employee, supervisor, manager and rookie of the year; Special awards: outstanding community service achievement.

The nomination form and category qualifications can be found on the SHTA website


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