The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) celebrated its signature event, the highly anticipated 16th National Tourism Awards Gala Event on Saturday, October 20th at Caribbean Motors in Belize City.
Without fail La Isla Bonita, San Pedro, made its presence at this highly anticipated event and walked away with several top awards including, Hospitality Award, Small Accommodation of the Year, Tour Guide Association Of the Year and Top Performing Hotel Award.
The 16th National Tourism Awards was the zenith for the accomplishments made over the past year by our local industry partners. All this hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed as the BTB acknowledged our tourism professionals in the areas of Front line Personnel, Hospitality Award, Hotel of the Year, Small Accommodations of the Year, Tour Guide of the Year, Tour Operator of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Tour Guide Association of the Year, Major Festival/Event of the Year, Tourism Site of the Year, Top Performing Hotel, the Minister’s Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The theme of the night was “Celebrating Excellence”, a setting that was most fitting for the tourism stars of Belize, which depicts the diversity of Belize’s tourism product.
This year’s winners are as follows:
Category Winner Property/Area
Frontline Personnel Nikita Young Chabil Mar
Hospitality Award Belize Chocolate Company San Pedro
Hotel of the Year The Lodge at Chaa Creek Cayo
Small Accommodation of the Year Cayo Espanto San Pedro
Tour Guide of the Year Carlos Hernandez Ian Anderson’s Cave Branch
Tour Operator of the Year Chukka Belize Belize City
Restaurant of the Year The Grove House by Chef Adan Hopkins
Festival of the Year Caye Caulker Lobster Festival Caye Caulker
Tourism Site of the Year St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park Belmopan
Top Performing Hotel Grand Caribe San Pedro
Tour Guide Association of the Year San Pedro Tourist Guide Association San Pedro
In addition, the Minister’s Award went to IIsa Villanueva from Placencia Village, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ian & Ella Anderson of Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch.
The BTB would like to congratulate all the winners of the 16th National Tourism Awards as well as all nominees for the excellent work throughout the year!
Mr & Mrs Manuel Heredia Jr.
Tour Guide Association of the Year: The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association
Small Accommodation of the Year: Cayo Espanto
Top Performing Hotel: Grand Caribe
Frontline Personnel: Nikita Young
Tourguide of the Year: Carlos Hernandez
Restaurant of the Year: The Grove House by Chef Adan
Festival of the Year; Caye Caulker Lobster Festival
Tourism Site of the Year; St. Herman's Cave
Tour Operator of the Year: Chukka Tours
Hotel of the Year: The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Life Time Achievement Award: Ian & Ella Anderson
Minister's Award: Ilsa Villanueva
Special Recognition: Taste of the Caribbean