|From left to right, Jamie Holmes, General Manager of Nisbet Plantation, David Dodwell, and John Hanley, CEO of Nevis Tourism Authority|
Travel Agent was on hand Sunday night as David Dodwell, the owner of Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis and hotel industry veteran, was named the 2010 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year – the highest professional honor given by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.
Peter Yesawich of Ypartnership presented Dodwell with the award in front of an international audience of hospitality leaders and tourism officials at the 2011 Caribbean Marketplace in Jamaica.
Dodwell, who has more than four decades of hospitality career experience and also owns The Reefs in Bermuda, was honored by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association for his achievements in the areas of hotel operations, food and beverage, marketing, property maintenance, staff training and motivation as well as his commitment to the environment and the St. Kitts and Nevis community. He becomes the 33rd recipient of the distinguished golden conch shell and joins an elite list of the most accomplished hotel leaders in the Caribbean.
A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Dodwell purchased Nisbet Plantation in 1989. Under his leadership, Nisbet Plantation has gained international attention with many industry awards.
During the economic downturn, many hotels were reducing amenities. However, Nisbet Plantation expanded its offerings to include scooters, kayaks, sailboats, Flip digital video cameras, complimentary Wi-Fi and more. Dodwell was also recognized for his focus on the staff and Nevis community.