Jefferis Inducted Into 2015 Tourism Hall Of Fame

October 12, 2015

Bermudian Hotelier John Jefferis Hall of Fame InductionLast Saturday [Oct 10], the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association inducted Bermudian Hotelier/Developer John Jefferis into the Tourism Hall of Fame for 2015.

He is one of only two persons ever to be inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame, which recognises and honours those persons who have been outstanding performers in the hospitality and tourism industry through hard work, dedication and innovation.

Mr Jefferis is the owner of Coco Reef – Bermuda, Coco Reef – Tobago and a number of other businesses in the Caribbean region, including Cuba. He started his career as a 15-year-old pot washer at a fish and chip restaurant in London.

Today, he is the Chairman and sole shareholder of the Palm Reef Hotel Development Company Limited, Coco Reef Resorts Ltd, the Caribbean Construction Company, Island Resorts International Ltd and Inflite Catering, an airline catering company with operations in both Bermuda and Tobago.

“We are proud to recognise John Jefferis’ many years of substantial and sustained contribution to leadership, service and success in the Trinidad and Tobago hospitality and tourism industry,” said Andrew Welch, President, Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association.

“The Award Judging Committee acknowledges his contribution to the growth of Trinidad and Tobago’s hospitality and tourism sector through innovation and astute business practices.

“Mr Jefferis has left a positive lasting legacy within his organisation, as well as with the people with whom he has worked.  Coco Reef Resorts has significantly contributed to the improvement and the recognition of Tobago as a tourism destination.”

In response to his induction into the Tourism Hall of Fame, John Jefferis said: “Having devoted my career to the hospitality and tourism industry, it is an honour to be inducted into the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association – Hall of Fame.

“Creating new and memorable experiences and continually upgrading and redesigning my hotels for our guests is my passion and I am always humbled to be recognised for doing what I enjoy most.”

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