Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Courtleigh Hotel Bartender nabs top JHTA Award

Antony Bascoe (right), Bartender at The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, receives the JHTA "Employee of the Year Award” at the organization’s 2017 Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon held recently in Kingston, Jamaica.

Antony Bascoe (right), Bartender at The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, receives the JHTA "Employee of the Year Award” at the organization’s 2017 Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon held recently in Kingston, Jamaica.

Anthony Bascoe, veteran bartender at The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, was among the big winners at the 2017 Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA) Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

The veteran of 20 years behind the bar at one of Kingston’s most venerable hotels went home with JHTA’s Employee of the Year Award.

“All of us, staff, management, and ownership at The Courtleigh, could not be more thrilled and excited about this award,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing and Sales for The Courtleigh Hotel Group. “Tindividualisedzed service Anthony provides – always remembering the favourite drinks of past guests – his warm smile, and dedicated service both to our hotel and Jamaica at large makes him truly deserving of this great honor. We’re proud to call Anothony a colleague and a friend.”

A fixture of Courtleigh Hotel promotional photos thanks to his infectious smile, Bascoe was honoured for his talent in producing inventive cocktails, his willingness to assist other staff and guests in any way possible, and his unyielding service to Jamaica as a member of the Jamaica Regiment Third Battalion of The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF).

An exemplary leader, Bascoe plays a key role in preparing The Courtleigh to weather oncoming hurricanes and other major storms, drawing upon his JDF training to ensure the safety and security of all guests, staff, and hotel facilities. A certified Lifeguard, he also works closely with the hotel nurse to address any medical issues.

Bascoe’s outstanding leadership qualities also benefit the local community in Kingston. In his free time, he serves as a trusted mentor to at-risk youth, conducting regular motivational talks encouraging kids to achieve their goals at high schools and churches throughout Jamaica’s capital.

“Anthony’s genuine care for our guests and for Jamaica really knows no bounds,” Madden-Greig continued. “Much more than a great bartender, he is a credit to our country and someone who truly embodies the very best of Jamaica.”

Awarded annually since 1987, JHTA Awards recognise individuals and entities which have made outstanding contributions to Jamaica’s tourism industry.

Marking her achievement, Bascoe paid the extra mile in everything I do by providing all the necessary support and encouragement I could ever need.”

Named one of “The Top 52 Places to Go in 2017” by The New York Times, and recently designated as a “Creative City of Music” by UNESCO, Kingston shines among the most dynamic, exciting, and culturally significant cities in the Americas.

Kingston’s leading hotels – The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites (128 rooms), The Knutsford Court Hotel (143), and The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel (300) – embody the new energy and spirit of Jamaica’s capital city.

The three hotels, known collectively as The Courtleigh Hotel Group, is owned by a Jamaican conglomerate with diversified business interests across the food service, tourism, manufacturing, agro-processing, and packaging industries. The Courtleigh Group portfolio of hotels also includes the former Wyndham Kingston Hotel (now in re-development) and the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay.
 

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