Guishard honored as Caribbean hotelier of the year

MIAMI -- Anguillian hotelier Eustace Guish Guishard, general manager (GM) of Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla, was named Caribbean hotelier of the year at an awards ceremony that capped off the Caribbean Hotel Associations recent annual Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference (CHIC) here in Miami.

Guishard, the 28th hotelier to receive the Golden Conch Award, began his hospitality career in 1977 at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, returning to his native Anguilla in 1982 as manager of the Cul-de-Sac Hotel, an adjunct to the Malliouhana Hotel, and joined Cap Juluca in 1986 as part of the hotels original development team.

Guishard worked in food and beverage, guest services, operations, and as resident manager before being named GM in 1998.

Under his watch, Cap Juluca established a villa housekeeping program, which empowers the hotels housekeepers to assume almost complete responsibility for their villas, and its Adopt-A-Guest program for those staff members who do not normally have daily contact with guests; supported the Anguilla National Culinary Team; and developed many environmental programs. The resort currently is working towards Green Globe certification.

Guishard is a strong advocate for moving Anguillians into top management positions in the industry; the resort employs 380 people, with native Anguillians in 90% of the top management posts.

Other honorees:

  • Dellarese Willimae Frazer, assistant restaurant manager at the Bimini Restaurant at the Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort in Nassau, was named 2005 Employee of the Year.

  • Urban Augustine, watersports supervisor at the Windjammer Landing Resort in St. Lucia, was named 2005 Supervisor of the Year.

  • 3 Rivers Lodge in Dominica was named 2005 CHA Green Hotel of the Year in the small-hotel category (under 75 rooms); Sunscape Casa del Mar in the Dominican Republic took the award in the large-hotel category.

  • Alice Thomas-Roberts, executive director of the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association, was named association executive of the year for small hotels, while Frank Comito, executive vice president of the Bahamas Hotel Association, took the honor in the large-hotel category.

  • The winning team in The Taste of the Caribbean culinary competitions that took place throughout CHIC hailed from St. Maarten/St. Martin; chef Carlos A. Portela from the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa and Casino in Puerto Rico took the 2005 Chef of the Year award; pastry chef was Geert Maarten Van Mil from Aruba; and the Bartender of the Year was Raakesh Madoo, Crews Inn, Trinidad and Tobago.
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