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World Travel Awards rock MoBay

Published:Friday | September 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer
Glenn Mandziuk (left), president and CEO, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, and Frank Antoine, chairman Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.
Trafalgar Travel's (from left) Sandra Henry, poses with Steven Kerr, Natalie Palmer and Patrice Wallace.
Latoya Hanna-Moxey, of Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive, rocked this outfit.
From left - Audley Gyles (MBJ, Airport) shares lens with VIP Attraction's Allison Callam, Shelly-Ann Fung King, MBJ Airport's Sharon Hislop-Holt and Sean Latty (VIP Attractions)
Twinning in black are Monique Grant (left) and Cicely Clarke
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Wearing costumes of black satin character sketches depicting the 'wrath of God', one of Jamaica's leading contemporary dance companies, Movements, opened the much-touted World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America and the Caribbean at Sandals Montego Bay last Saturday night.

The dance piece, crafted by renowned choreographer Christopher Huggins, is one of the signature pieces from Movements' varied repertoire, performed in their New York tour earlier this year. And like the response overseas, they received rave reviews from the WTA audience.

In fact, clothed in a huge, swirling white satin cape, administering the wrath, their performance was the start to an evening of excellence, not only for the hoteliers, attractions, airlines, tour operators and travel agencies named the 'best of the best' in the tourist industry, but the creme de la creme in entertainment.

The richly talented Jamaica Philharmonic Orchestra, the indomitable jazz and blues performer Phylea Carley, singer extraordinaire Michael David, and former lead of Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires Ashley Martin did Jamaica proud as they had guests dancing in their seats.

At the end of the evening, Jamaica remained the leading Caribbean destination for land-based visitors and cruise-ship passengers, while Sandals Resorts International copped the most awards and new-comers Melia Braco Village and Jewel Grande Montego Bay revelled in their new-found glory.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com