East End timeshare resort Morritt’s Tortuga Club has been named the best in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The award was given by Perspective Magazine, a trade publication covering the vacation ownership market.
Winners were decided through a combination of online voting and decisions from a panel of four industry expert judges, with each of the five components accounting for 20 percent of the results.
Online voting took place during the month of January, with more than 14,500 votes cast from industry professionals across the world, compared to 6,000 votes last year. Nearly 200 nominees competed for the awards across 35 categories.
“The Best Timeshare Resort category was open to any timeshare resort to make their case about what really makes them stand out,” said Paul Mattimoe, president and CEO of the Perspective Group. “Whether it’s the location, unique architecture, the quality of the accommodation, the impressive amenities or perhaps the size of membership or level of customer service. All of these factors were taken into consideration by the voters and judges, with Morritt’s coming out on top.”
The achievement was all the more impressive as the Caribbean is part of the Latin American service area, including some high-profile Mexican properties.
Neil Kolton of timeshare giant Interval International also added his congratulations.
“We are extremely pleased to see David Morritt, an industry colleague, and his team, be recognised with the Perspective Magazine Best Timeshare Resort – Latin America award.
“The Morritt’s Grand Cayman exemplifies their commitment to excellence and they are very deserving of this accolade,” said Mr. Kolton, who is director of resort sales and service for the Caribbean.
A gala dinner was held in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday, 6 February but as David Morritt was unable to attend. A ceremony is scheduled to take place in Grand Cayman in early March.
When he spoke to the Compass, Mr. Morritt was buoyant about the award.
“This is an award for Morritt’s and the Cayman Islands,” he said. “Together we did a great job. I appreciate everything Cayman gave me.
“The old Tortuga club used to be in the top-10 in the Caribbean and I promised Mr. Connolly I would put it back there,” Mr. Morritt added. “Now we are No. 1 in the Caribbean and Latin America.
“We are a jewel in the crown as a beach and as an island,” he said. “We have not been recognised and now we are on the point of real world recognition. I have over 100 friends who work here who have done an extremely great job over the last 25 years. This award is for them. I am so proud and proud of Cayman as well.” He said repeat visitors were standing at 20 per cent, while the aim was to increase that to 40 per cent.
“The island is out of this world,” Mr. Morritt said. “For the last three years, I have been going around the Caribbean trying to find what I found 25 years ago, but after three days elsewhere I am on a plane saying, take me back home. That is how my 12,000 owners feel, too.
“From this award, the next five years will be great for the whole world I believe,” he added. “Two years ago I promised that to get out of a recession you gotta build. I am a builder and people love to see that.
“I want this island to be the best. I want the Queen to recognise that Cayman is a jewel in the crown for her too. Forget the negativity, you can get that on CNN every day of the week. We need positivity. I am so proud.”