One of Cayman’s major contributors
to tourism on the island has received a lifetime achievement award from RCI, a
timeshare vacation exchange network.
David Morritt, owner of Morritt’s
Tortuga Club and Resort, received the award at the resort on Thursday, 30 July.
RCI’s North American president,
Gordon Gurnik, and Orlando, Florida, representatives John Dishinger, Eugenio
Macouzet and Cherie Jeffries presented the award in recognition of 20 years of
vision, dedication and friendship and for providing thousands of memorable vacations
to Morritt’s shareholders and members from around the world.
RCI’s first lifetime achievement
award recognised the resort for its high scores, great rates, a glowing report
from shareholders, members and guests, and for weathering economic challenges
over the past 20 years, “It says a great deal about the man who runs the
property,” said Mr. Gurnik.
It was an emotional moment for Mr.
Morritt, who came to the island from London years ago.
“When I stand here at the club and
see all my friends and colleagues who have worked with me for more than
nineteen years, that came through recessions, hurricanes, but all stood together
…the gift, the surprise and all those around me who put their money where
their mouths were to help me build this baby, it makes me so proud,” he said.
As someone who does not believe in
receiving a present without giving a present, Mr. Morritt said his gift to Mr.
Gurnik, a first-time visitor, was the experience he had envisioned 20 years ago
on the beautiful coastal road. “Sir, I knew you took the same coastal road
today and I knew you thought where the hell am I coming to, but I did that 22
years ago, and having landed up in front of Tortuga Club and thinking .. I am
not going to stay at this place, (but) within fifteen minutes of walking out on
the terrace overlooking the sea, I had bought the place …,” said Mr. Morritt.
“That was the same reason most of my friends
and members that bought into the resort knew a good deal as soon as they saw
the place” he added.