Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association
Criteria for Awards

Hotel Worker of the Year
The primary basis for selection is performance during the previous calendar year; however the worker's overall service records, both in the tourist industry and in his/her local community, is also taken into account. Cash and other prizes are given.

Allied Member Awards
Awards are made to allied members who have given the best service during the previous year in the following categories:
(i) Purveyor
(ii) Local transportation
(iii) International Airline
(iv) Attraction

Allied Member of the Year Award
The JHTA Allied Member of the Year Award is open to JHTA Allied Members, who have made significant contribution to the JHTA and to the promotion and development of tourism. Candidates for this award are evaluated taking into consideration their:

  • Participation/ attendance at JHTA meetings
  • Participation in JHTA Events and activities
  • Support for charity ventures being undertaken by the JHTA
  • Advocacy on tourism related issues
  • Promotion of tourism

The Abe Issa Award For Excellence
The Abe Issa Award for Excellence honours individuals, groups and entities who have contributed significantly to the tourism industry by promoting the reputation and image of Jamaica as a tourist destination. Promotion may be direct, by persons working in the industry, or indirect, by persons whose performance in any field, brings honour, fame and glory to our country. The award recipient must be of unquestionable integrity, with high ethical standards.

Hotelier of the Year
The primary basis for selection is demonstrated achievements in hotel operations in the previous year; however the hotelier's achievements in community affairs are also be taken into account. All member hoteliers who fall in the following categories are eligible for nomination:

  • Owner/Operator
  • Hotel General Manager/Managing Director
  • Owner of Hotel

Hotel Manager/Supervisor of the Year
This award is open to departmental heads in member properties. The primary basis for selection will be demonstrated competence in the supervision of his/her department; however, the manager's/supervisor's overall service record and involvement in the affairs of his/her local community will also be taken into account.

Tourism Employee of the Year
The primary basis for selection will be performance during the previous year; however the employee's overall service record, both in the tourist industry and in his/her local community, will also be taken into account. All employees of JHTA member organizations in the following categories are eligible for nomination as the Tourism Employee of the Year:

  • Accommodations (Non-hotel)
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Associations (Tourism)
  • Attractions
  • Car Rentals
  • Entertainment Complexes
  • Ground Tour Operators
  • In-Bond Jewellers
  • Reception Agents
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • Taxi Operators

The Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been created to honour members of the JHTA and public sector officials who by their consistent and dedicated work have contributed notably to the growth, expansion and development of the tourism industry and/or have led or inspired improvement in the marketing and/or quality of tourism. Recipients of this award must be outstanding individuals of unquestionable integrity and high ethical standards

Environmental Sustainability Award
This award is open to JHTA members that demonstrate conviction and leadership in protecting the environment and promoting environmentally sustainable practices. The company must have implemented programmes or projects that show innovation and enterprise in sustainable environmental management including:

  • Implementing sustainable recycling and waste management systems
  • Protecting human health and the environment
  • Promoting increased awareness of environmental issues within their business
  • Implementing innovative sustainable solutions to address critical environmental challenges
  • Practicing efficient use of natural resources
  • Using alternative/ renewable energy
  • Making efforts to involve customers and staff in environmental protection
  • Promoting environmental protection and awareness efforts in the wider community