The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Awards Gala will return in 2020

Caribbean view from Shirley Heights, Antigua and Barbuda.

The Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association (ABHTA) is pleased to announce its “call for nominations” for inclusion in the most prestigious awards and recognition in tourism in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Tourism Awards Gala will be hosted on May 5, 2020 under the theme Spring Time in Wadadli.

The award is open to Hotel and Associate members of the ABHTA. Each member is invited to nominate their team members for these top awards:

Award Categories
Hotel Associate General
Employee of Year Employee of Year Lifetime Achievement Award
Supervisor of the Year Supervisor of the Year
Rising Star Rising Star
Young Hotelier of the Year Young Chef of the Year
Young Chef of the Year Chef of the Year
Chef of the Year


This category is open to Hotels and Associate members. The recipient of this award can come from any department in your business.  He/she should be an excellent role model to his/her fellow employees.  This person should demonstrate a positive attitude towards work and have been in the industry/within your employ for at least three years.  He/she should be ambitious and show proof of personal development.

This category is open to Hotels and Associate members. This award will go to a supervisor from any department who has shown outstanding leadership skills.  This person should be able to motivate his/her team to achieve positive results for his/her property.  Examples of the impact of this person’s leadership on the overall hotel operation should be given.

Category 3:  RISING STAR

This category is open to Hotel and Associate Members.  A young professional who demonstrates leadership, and commitment. This individual works tirelessly behind the scenes, going the extra mile to make an outstanding contribution to his/her company. It is their commitment which makes for an exceptional guest experience. These rising stars are dedicated with a strong commitment to excellence.


This category is open to Hotels only. The individual must be a true role model and an example to follow for young people entering the industry.  He/she should have demonstrated outstanding career achievement through self-development.  An expert in his/her field, the person should have demonstrated strong leadership abilities and the power to motivate others.  A candidate likely to become a leader in this country’s hotel industry.



This category is open to Hotel and Associate Members. This award goes to aspiring chefs such as Senior Cooks, Supervisor Cooks, Pantry Maids and Line Cooks, who have worked for at least 3 years in the industry.  Nominees must be hard working and show keen interest in personal and professional development.  A team player, this person must display a strong commitment to the culinary arts and community. Persons in this category will compete in a cook-off


Category 6: CHEF OF THE YEAR

This category is open to Hotel and Associate Members. A culinary professional who is employed as an Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie or Pastry Chef, etc., who has served in the industry for at least 5 years, one of those years spent in his/her current position.  The nominee should display remarkable dedication to mentoring aspiring culinary professionals.  This chef must have strong proven proficiency and expertise in his field and commitment to acquiring new skills, techniques and knowledge.  Excellent communication skills necessary.  Good relations with his/her staff is also key.  Must provide evidence of commitment to the culinary arts and community service.  International exposure an asset. Persons in this category compete in a cook-off


This category is open to Hotel and Associate Members. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor. This award is presented to the individual or organization who has made a highly significant contribution to the Hospitality Industry in Antigua and Barbuda. The award is based on significant, long-term contributions to the industry and/or the ABHTA.

The deadline for submission of nominations is February 17, 2020. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Associations website at Interested persons may contact the office of the ABHTA at [email protected] or call 462.0374/4928.

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