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Honorees at the Second Annual San Pedro Tourism Awards

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The recent convening of the San Pedro Tourism Awards by the San Pedro Town Council is indeed a commendable initiative, mirroring their unique approach to the National Tourism Awards. This occasion allowed for the acknowledgment and commendation of businesses and individuals contributing to the tourism sector on Ambergris Caye. The second annual San Pedro Tourism Awards transpired at El Patio Restaurant on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

Given San Pedro’s status as the premier tourist destination in Belize, it is noteworthy that numerous businesses often go without due recognition. Notably, the nominees of the National Tourism Awards tend to comprise larger and more established entities.

This year, the Town Council augmented the recognition spectrum by introducing four additional categories: Front Office Person of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Dive Shop of the Year, and Local Eatery of the Year. This deliberate expansion aimed to incorporate the contributions of smaller enterprises in the nomination process.

One cannot help but appreciate establishments like Brianna’s Deli, known for its delightful beef soup, Neri’s Tacos offering endless tacos, and Norma’s Deli, famed for its pig tails with split peas. These establishments, characterized as ‘mom and pop’ restaurants, have endeared themselves to locals, becoming favorites alongside their more prominent counterparts.

This year witnessed a total of 27 nominees across nine categories, with an open online voting system accessible to the public. Additional awards given out during the evening were the Lifetime Achievement Award and five Pioneers in the Hospitality Industry Awards: Without further ado, the distinguished winners are as follows:

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Sunset Caribe and Grand Caribe received the award for Hotel of the Year

Hotel of the Year
Caribeville Sunset & Grand Caribe (Winner)
Alaia Autograph Collection
Xanadu Island Resort

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Caye Casa received Small Hotel of the Year Award

Small Hotel of the Year
Caye Casa (Winner)
Seven Seas Resort
Playa de Sala

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Abigail Najarro awarded Front Office Person of the Year 2023

Front Office Person of the Year
Abigail Najarro (Victoria House) – Winner
Tristan Delgado (Pelican Reef Resort)
Adrian Gongora (Seven Seas Resort)

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Joseph Pate, of Nauti Crab, received Bartender of the Year Award 2023

Bartender of the Year
Joseph Pate (Nauti Crab) – Winner
Jovanie Rowland (Sandy Toes)
Gizelle Cantun (Victoria House)

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Elvi’s Kitchen received Restaurant of the Year award

Restaurant of the Year
Elvi’s Kitchen (Winner)
Rain Restaurant
Caramba Restaurant

san pedro tourism awards
Neri’s Tacos received the Local Eatery of the Year Award

Local Eatery of the Year
Neri’s Tacos(Winner)
Brianna’s Deli
Norma’s Deli

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Juan Coc received Tour Guide of the Year Award 2023

Tour Guide of the Year
Juan Coc (White Sands Dive Shop) – Winner
Leslie Acosta (Elite Adventures)
Venancio Tillett (Scuba School Dive Center)

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Island Dream Tours received the award for Tour Operator of the Year

Tour Operator of the Year
Island Dream Tours (Winner)
Scuba School Dive Center
Tuff E Nuff Tours

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Chuck & Robbie’s Received Dive Shop of the Year Award

Dive Shop of the Year
Chuck & Robbie’s Dive Shop (Winner)
Amigos del Mar Dive Shop
Belize Pro Dive Center

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ms. Julia Edwards of Sunbreeze Hotel & Sunbreeze Suites for her dedication as general manager for 27 years

Pioneers in the Hospitality Industry Recognitions:

First Hotel: Holiday Hotel

First Restaurant: Elvi’s Kitchen

First Dive Shop: Coral Beach Dive Shop

First Miss San Pedro: Ms. Leni Alamilla

First Mayor: Gilberto ‘Chico’ Gomez

Heartfelt congratulations to all the winners/awardees and nominees for their outstanding contributions to making San Pedro a distinguished tourism hub!

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