SOCIAL SCENE: Tourism toasts
It was a hectic social agenda last week for people in the tourism business as they hosted 85 tour operators from Barbados’ major source markets and celebrated with the Jamaicans as Couples Resorts opened Couples Barbados, its first Couples hotel outside Jamaica.
A grand welcome reception for the tour operators at Nico’s, the restaurant at the swanky Sugar Hill Resort in St Peter, where some of the world’s rich and famous own villas, was attended by managers and senior officers of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), as well as BTA vice-presidents from its overseas offices. They were also at Harrison’s Cave for the farewell party for the visitors.
The opening of Couples Barbados was another grand affair. The culinary team, under the direction of Couples Resorts executive chef Stefan Spath, served up an exquisite buffet in a luxurious setting to which Jane Issa, wife of Lee Issa, chairman of Couples Resorts and a member of the hotel-owning Jamaican family, lent her expertise.