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Bahamian named hotelier of the year

Bahamian hotelier Stuart Bowe was named the 2016 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. 

Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016

PUERTO RICO October 2016 – Bahamian hotelier Stuart Bowe was named the 2016 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) .

Bowe, the senior vice president and general manager, Resort Operations of Atlantis Paradise Island, received the coveted honour at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), hosted by CHTA, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on Sunday.

Accepting the region’s premier hospitality award, Bowe credited his grandmother with teaching him service and attention to detail from “cleaning up the kitchen”.

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, in a taped congratulatory message, described Bowe as “an exemplar” to be followed by generations of Bahamians. “He is a manager cum laude, one who has brought the pursuit of excellence to his work …(and) on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, it is entirely on their behalf that I salute you for all that you have been able to do.”

“Stuart Bowe personifies Caribbean excellence. He is disciplined and innovative and a leader who inspires generations of Bahamians and Caribbean people through his accomplishments and his humanity,” said Frank Comito, director general and CEO of the CHTA who previously served as Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association.

Bowe was posted to Dubai from 2008 to 2010 to oversee the grand opening of the Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, serving as Vice President of Resort Operations in the Middle East.

Returning to The Bahamas, he became active in the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, establishing numerous school programmes to help children understand the importance of tourism and career opportunities in the sector. The junior hotelier programme he was instrumental in setting up in primary and secondary schools has impacted more than 4,000 students.

Now in his third consecutive term, Stuart Bowe is the longest serving president of the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, and he currently serves as first vice president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

The Caribbean Journal has launched its inaugural Bahamas Travel Awards, celebrating the best in the 700-island destination’s travel industry, from the best hotels to the hotelier of the year.

More than 150 Bahamian high school students attended a basketball training session at Atlantis Paradise Island resort last week hosted by the Miami Heat.

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