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Minister McNeill Hails Carrole Guntley on CTO Lifetime Achievement Award

Release Date: 
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 15:45

Statement by

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill

                                congratulating former Director General, Carrole Guntley                                            

                               on Receiving the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s                                              

Lifetime Achievement Award


June 6, 2014

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill has congratulated former Director General in the Ministry, Carrole Guntley on receiving the coveted Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Guntley received the award today, June 6, 2014, during CTO’s Caribbean Week in New York activities. Minister McNeill said “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Carrole Guntley on her latest recognition by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her work and dedication to Jamaica’s tourism industry as well the wider Caribbean region is exemplary and makes her a most deserving candidate for this special award.

The award is testimony to her long and distinguished service in the industry, having served in the private and public sectors in a variety of capacities: Area Manager for Jamaica, St. Maarten & Western Caribbean for BWIA, European Marketing Manager for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Jamaica’s first female Director of Tourism and more recently Director General in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

It was during her tenure in the late eighties as Jamaica’s Director of Tourism that the island achieved the landmark target of hosting one million visitors.

Over the years Ms. Guntley has demonstrated an insight which I am confident will continue to be of benefit to the region. Her accomplishments over the past few decades span not only the airline and accommodation sectors, where she has consistently demonstrated great vision and perseverance, but have been admired by the Jamaican government as well as industry colleagues.

I commend her for her hard work, high standards and true commitment to the hospitality industry and towards ensuring its sustainability. Once again, I am very pleased to extend my sincere congratulations on this prestigious and most deserving award and I wish her every success in her future endeavours.”