Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2015: Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica
Centre: Dittie F. Guise, General Manager, Montego Bay Convention Centre
Right: Chris Frost, Vice President, World Travel Awards
Montego Bay Convention Centre Wins Fifth World Travel Award
For the fifth consecutive year, the ultra-modern SMG managed Montego Bay Convention Centre copped the much-coveted World Travel Award for the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Meeting and Conference Centre. The prestigious awards dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry were held on October 17th 2015 at the Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas.
“We are extremely pleased with the continued recognition from the World Travel Awards body and by extension exposure of the excellent tourism product Jamaica has to offer to the world,” gushed Dittie Guise, General Manager, who stated that the Montego Bay Convention Centre is ideally located along the ‘Elegant Corridor’ in Rose Hall and forms part of an excellent synergy with award-winning hotels within the locale.
“We have combined world-class facilities with cutting-edge design totalling 127, 000 square feet of meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space backed by superior event management and personalized, first-class service from setting up to move out. We have built an impressive brand and that is the international appeal of the centre, and what we have to offer is unparalleled within the Caribbean” Guise added.
She noted that the significance of the award is further heightened as the Centre is enjoying a bumper year in hosting some of the largest and most successful events attended by both local and international patrons including the Diaspora Conference, Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), JAMPRO Business Linkages, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce Expo, Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition, Jamaica Bridal Expo and Miss Jamaica World. “There is always something happening at the Montego Bay Convention Centre,” Guise boasts.
Currently undergoing extensive improvements to its product offerings, the Montego Bay Convention Centre owned by the Urban Development Corporation of Jamaica, has created an even more conducive environment for large and small scale events, while strengthening its online presence and pursuing advertising opportunities at the centre. “We are committed to providing the best possible facility and to constantly improve on it to maintain first-world standards” promised the General Manager, Ms. Dittie Guise.
Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities worldwide, including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centres, equestrian facilities, convention, congress and exhibition centres, science centres and a variety of other venues. Across the globe, SMG manages more than 14 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.75 million arena and theatre seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide.