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BHTA pays tribute to Jeffrey Kinch


BHTA pays tribute to Jeffrey Kinch
Jeff Kinch (FIlE)

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Following is a statement from the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) following the death of veteran hotelier Jeffrey Kinch.

“The chairman, board of directors, secretariat and members of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association wish to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of tourism pioneer Robert Jeffrey Kinch, who passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021.

“Jeff, as he was affectionately known, started his career in the sector after encouragement from his life-long friend Neville Bayley. This resulted in the construction and successful management of the Dover Beach Hotel, which has become an impressive boutique hotel in Barbados’ tourism landscape.

“Always one to lend his expertise wherever possible, Jeff was an active member of the BHTA, serving in numerous roles including those of president (1994 – 1995), as well as chairperson of the Apartment Category and of the Crime Committee.

“A highly respected owner and executive in the tourism industry, he was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013 New Year’s Honours for his services to tourism and hospitality.

“In 2017 he received the coveted BHTA Lifetime Achievement Award and in that same year was inducted to the BHTA Hall of Fame.

“Jeff’s contribution to the growth and development of Barbados’ tourism industry is immeasurable and will not be forgotten. He will be missed for his determination and commitment to the industry, but equally for his effervescent and witty personality, his welcoming smile and customary jokes which created a relaxing atmosphere.

“We are saddened by his passing and we pray that God will comfort his family and friends during this time of sorrow. May he rest in peace.” (PR)