Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ocho Rios Jamaica Bed and Breakfast Wins 2nd Place Best New Hotel International Award

The Blue House Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Ocho Rios Swoops Second Place Spot For Best New Hotel Worldwide Plus Best Of Jamaica Award and Best Of Ocho Rios

In the tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards™ (IRHA) is the world’s most comprehensive and prestigious awards program recognizing the best value, moderate and luxury travel establishments that go above and beyond industry standards. IRHA celebrates the world’s finest hotels and restaurants committed to the highest standards of quality service and promotes the global appreciation of travel, dining and cultural exploration.

To aid the selection process, IRHA conducts research annually in each category field by searching the web, magazines, travel guides and ratings directories, speaking with experts, attending industry expos and events, and coordinating travel and dining excursions. IRHA’s Jury reviewed submissions from 50 countries around the world from bed & breakfasts, top restaurants, chains, six-star luxury hotels, boutique hotels and independent restaurants and hotels in April & May 2008. Top chains and hotel groups that participated include The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International, Accor Hotels, The Peninsula Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Kor Hotel Group, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels and a host of others.

The Blue House Luxury Bed and Breakfast Villa http://www.thebluehousejamaica.com/ in Ocho Rios, Tripadvisor’s #1 Jamaica B&B Inn, received the second place award for The Best New Hotel Of The Year in the Moderate Priced Category from the jury of representatives from the Food Network, Travel Channel, UKTV, BBC Food, CBS Radio, Zagat Survey, Cool Restaurants, Cool Hotels, Citysearch, Fodor's Travel Guides, Hungry?, City Guides and more.

IRHA announced the Best of City and Best of Country recipients on June 18th. The Blue House Ocho Rios Jamaica was awarded both Best Of Ocho Rios and Best Of Jamaica Titles.

The Grand Award Nominees for the coveted titles of International Restaurant of the Year & International Hotel of the Year (value, moderate and luxury titles) will be announced in July, 2008. The Grand Award recipients and the 2008 IRHA Award Honorees will receive the coveted IRHA statue presented at the 2008 IRHA Gala Ceremony on November 25th, 2008 at the home of the Golden Globes, the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The star-studded gala ceremony will be hosted by Mark DeCarlo of the Travel Channel and will include a Special Spotlight on New Orleans along with Grand Award presentations.

Info for this post was taken directly from the IRHA website.

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