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AT LEFT: Michele Rollins (centre in blue), chairman of Rose Hall Developments Limited, with (fourth from left, front row) Angele Nunez, Rose Hall Great House manager and the staff of the Rose Hall Great House and a few award winners at the Rose Hall Taxi Driver Awards. Also in photo is Wyley Sweeney (left), president of Rose Hall Developments Limited.
Desmond Simpson (left) receives his Top Producer Award from Wyley Sweeney, president of Rose Hall Developments Limited.
An ecstatic Jerome Spence (left) and his wife Stacey (right) with their new 48-inch Samsung SMART TV, after copping the top award of first-place Superstar at the Rose Hall Taxi Driver Awards on September 11, 2016. Michele Rollins, chairman of Rose Hall Developments Limited, and Wyley Sweeney share the moment.

Rose Hall Great House hosts Taxi Driver Awards Dinner

Taxi drivers of western Jamaica were fêted on Sunday night at the Rose Hall Great House Taxi Driver Awards held at the beautiful White Witch Golf Club.

It was a delightful evening of good food, good people and good vibe as the 30 top producing taxi drivers were recognised for their outstanding business contribution to the Rose Hall Great House attraction.

Excellence Awards were given to the top Jamaica Union of Travellers Association, JCAL and Maxi Tours drivers as well. The winners in this section were Trevor Richards, representing the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA), Leon Clarke, attached to JCAL Tours and Maxi Tours' Trevor Hudgins.

Jerome Spence and Lawton Jackson, both from Jamaica Tours Limited (JTL), copped the top awards for first- and second-place Superstar Awards and walked away with Samsung smart television sets and bright smiles.

An elated Jerome Spence said he never expected anything like this and truly appreciates Rose Hall for what they are doing to increase business with drivers.

In her address, Michele Rollins, chairman of Rose Hall Developments Limited, praised the drivers for their vital role in the tourist industry by ensuring that visitors ventured outside of their resorts and truly experience the heart of Jamaica through her attractions, restaurants and shops.

Great House manager Angele Nunez, in welcoming the drivers, said, "We have heard you! We appreciate you and we have even better [things] in store for the taxi drivers who support our business."

DRIVERS ECSTATIC

The drivers were ecstatic about the awards and openly voiced their appreciation to Rose Hall for recognising this sector of unsung heroes of tourism in Jamaica.

Rose Hall Great House operates day and night tours of this beautifully restored 18th century plantation great house. Guests are mesmerised by bewitching tales of former mistress of the house, the legendary Annie Palmer. Thousands of guests from nearby resorts and cruise ships visit the house daily to experience this authentic piece of Jamaica, but at night the tour is not for the faint at heart as the plantation era is brought to life and visitors have spine-chilling encounters with the ghosts of Rose Hall. 

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