Springer emotional about Lifetime Achievement Award
Veteran hotel administrator, Sue Springer, has received the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Springer, current BHTA executive vice-president, headed a list of 15 people and hotels awarded last night for their outstanding contribution to the industry at the association’s 2014 Biennial President’s Gala held at at Bellevue Plantation House, Waterford.
Outgoing president Patricia Alfonso-Dass said the UK-born Springer served at various administrative levels in Barbados before taking up the BHTA post.
“For the past 13 years [Springer] has been the face and voice of the BHTA,” she said.
An emotional Springer said, “The industry is my life. I know nothing else, so I really can’t help with anything else other than tourism”.
Giving credit to the many persons with whom she worked, she said Barbados’ tourism future lies with the youth.
“I love to see the young people succeed. That is what we must make happen as this industry goes forward. Without the young people and without us taking time to be with them, the industry [will be] in a very sad state.”
Here are the remaining recipients of awards:
Green Initiative – Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Media – Al Hart
Schools Tourism Education Programme – Atlantis Submarine
Tourism Supporting Services – Ticket Pal
Tourism Services – Atlantis Submarines
Restaurant of the Year – The Camelot at Cobbler’s Cove
Hotel of the Year, B Class and Apartments – All Seasons Resort Europa
Hotel of the Year, A Class – Ocean Two Resorts and Residences
Hotel of the Year, Luxury Class – Hilton Barbados Resort
Outstanding Tourism Industry Employee – Cherise Mottley of Little Arches Boutique
Outstanding Tourism Industry, Supervisor – Roland Field of Aqua Beach Resort; Outstanding Tourism Industry, Manager – Avril Clarke of Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Strategic Partner – Regatta Travel Solutions
Special Commendation of Appreciation – Executive Chef Graham Licorish of Barbados Coral Reef Club.