Marketplace Excellence Corp

May 12, 2014

St. Lucian hotelier Sanovnik Destang

“I am fortunate enough to work with several other “Rising Stars” at Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia and I honestly feel that while my name is on this award, I am really accepting it on behalf of my extended family at Bay Gardens. I came into the business in 2008 under difficult circumstances, to an established business (which) had found itself bleeding red ink for the first time. I did not have a clear road map, but my destination and my goal was clear – to turn that red ink into black … with a staff and management team who I consider to be the best in the region we were able to achieve that.” – Sanovnik Destang, Executive Director, Bay Gardens Resorts
“With a number of strategic tourism-related capital projects underway, including the upcoming opening of the upscale Kittitian Hill Resort, this new Private Terminal at the RLB International Airport is debuting at the ideal time. This facility now gives our twin-island destination a competitive edge in appealing to the discerning luxury market that requires the world-class, customer-centric service it provides.” – Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, St. Kitts and Nevis
“For the first time, with the new tax regime, small hotels are getting duty free items, so that’s a big plus. There’s never been a mechanism to facilitate refurbishing, now there is.” – Evelyn Smith, President, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (Jamaica Observer)
“No one can afford the relentless increase in global temperatures that business as usual will bring.The benefits of addressing climate change include reduced pollution, improved public health, fewer disasters, cleaner, cheaper, more efficient energy, better managed forests, more liveable cities, increased food security and less poverty. Instead of asking if we can afford to act, we should be asking what is stopping us, who is stopping us, and why?” – Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations (The Guardian)
“Our business model has just been too successful in many, many ways. The model is clearly a more successful business model than many of them out there in the airline business. We don’t want to dilute that by saying, ‘Let’s do what everybody else does.’ Let’s help people understand.” – Ben Baldanza, CEO, Spirit Airlines (Miami Herald)
“People are tired of the leadership buzzwords and models that feel too tidy, analytical and removed.” – Doug Sundheim, Leadership and strategy consultant
“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” – Charles Kettering, American inventor

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