GVB & GHRA Host Golden Latte Awards FRIDAY at the Hyatt

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Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) together with the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association (GHRA) will recognize and honor individuals and companies for exceptional contribution to the tourism industry in the past year. The Golden Latte Awards will take place during a special luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Guam, Grand ballroom.

“This year, GVB again has partnered with the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association to recognize companies, organizations and individuals who are going the extra mile in service to our visitors,” GVB General Manager Karl Pangelinan said. “As we celebrate 50 years of success in the tourism industry, we remember all the employees over the years who are the reason for that success. Today, over 18,000 hotel front desk staff, concierges, waiters, chefs, cooks, shopping center sales associates, tour operators, tour bus drivers, tour guides and many more individuals contribute to this billion dollar industry making Guam a better place to live, work and visit. They are the face of the industry and play a vital role in powering the tourism engine.”

“GHRA has many scholarship and awards/recognition programs where several of our members hold internal interviews with candidates from each department, then hold an internal voting process for the best candidate to represent the company to compete for the opportunity and recognition amongst other members within GHRA,” explained Mary P. Rhodes, President of GHRA.  “This is a unique opportunity to continue one of GHRA’s mission, in partnership with GVB, to facilitate career development, foster a positive workforce and promote the industry and its valuable employees through a joint recognition program for the industry!”

Categories for the Golden Latte Awards include:

–        Golden Latte – Lifetime Achievement

–        Golden Latte – Individual

–        Golden Latte – Hotelier

–        Golden Latte – Restaurateur

–        Golden Latte – Allied

–        Golden Latte – Courage

–        Hafa Adai Spirit – Individual

–        Hafa Adai Spirit – Business

–        Hospitality Employees aRe Outstanding (HERO) for supervisory and non-supervisory

–        Most Outstanding Local Tourism Promotion in 2012

–        Most Outstanding Local Tourism Facility in 2012

–        Most Outstanding Local Tourism Project/Event in 2012

–        Most Outstanding Local Tourism Optional Tour in 2012

About GVB
The Guam Visitors Bureau was established in 1970 as a non-stock, non-profit membership corporation to efficiently and effectively promote Guam as a safe and satisfying destination for visitors and derive maximum benefits for the people of Guam. It is a unique organization that represents true public-private partnership, where tourism stakeholders and the government come together to improve the island’s visitor industry. For more information, contact GVB at 646-5278 or online at www.visitguam.org.

About GHRA

The Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association is a non-profit, non government organization for the tourism industry. Proud to be an active corporate citizen in the community working to improve the overall quality of life in Guam, GHRA promotes the highest standards of service and quality in hotels and restaurant while improving business-community relations and publicizing the value and benefits of the island’s tourism industry. For more information, contact GHRA at 649-1447, email at info@ghra.org or online at www.ghra.org.