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Sandy Lane staff congratulated for hard work


Luxury hotel Sandy Lane hosted its annual employee party for its staff, recently, as an appreciation for their hard work and contribution this 2011.

Held at its prestigious Country Club, staff enjoyed a cocktail-styled evening filled with drinks, delectable hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Jude ‘the dude’ Eastmond, and 12 amazing doorprizes, including Blackberry smartphones, gift baskets, watches, and gas vouchers.

Master of Ceremonies of the night and Business Partner for People Engagement and Motivation, Lester Headly, along with members of the Human Resources Department, and General Manager Robert Logan handed out prizes to staff members holding on to their golden tickets.

Among the lucky staff winners were Stephen Rock, Junior Ryan, Shelly Allyene, Shaun Satterly, Anderson Blackman, Kelly-Ann Mayers, Ryan Hinds, and Samantha Wilkinson.

In addition, special prizes were awarded to staff members Jennifer Waterman and Cecily Spooner-Brathwaite who were both acknowledged for their hard work demonstrated through the year, with Waterman receiving an Amazon Kindle Fire and Spooner-Brathwaite receiving a Sony Blueray DVD Player, accepted by her husband on her behalf.

Hotel GM Logan noted that the first quarter was not as robust as predicted, describing the hotel’s entry into summer months as ‘indifferent’.

He said, “We know the market in the last two and a half years has been a tough one; bookings come last minute, so summertime this year did not materialise as we expected. As we came into Q3, we have tackled a tremendous amount of infrastructure at Sandy Lane in a big way, introducing new boiler and A/C systems etc.”

Logan also described the fourth quarter as challenging, citing a dip in guest bookings due to construction which took place at the Hotel as well as the current corporate economic climate. The GM however congratulated the staff despite the slump, announcing that there Hotel had seen a welcomed turnaround for its winter bookings with the luxury hotel currently at full occupancy.

“We know that in Europe, particularly Italy and Greece have had a hard time. We know that the last quarter has been soft on the environment and we have felt it here in Barbados, but I think that we have done a tremendous job and as we come up to the festive season, we are at 100 per cent,” he said. (JM)

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