As a travel writer, I travel extensively and I have always loved meeting the people who make hospitality happen-the people at the hotels and restaurants when I travel. I have met the greatest people while traveling and when you think about it, they can make your trip the best one you have ever had. When we travel, we don’t have our kitchen from home and any other things from our lives. We rely on gracious, professional and caring people to help us successfully travel.

Last night I attended the North Florida Hotel and Lodging Association (NFHLA) Annual ROSE Awards where individuals in the hospitality industry are honored for their service. As I heard the stories of the winners, I left knowing they all must love their jobs because they had gone so above and beyond their jobs to help a traveler, someone in need. Whether it was the person who worked all night, a double shift, to make sure a group didn’t miss their shuttle the next morning, or the person who went to a guest home on their own time, to repair the heating & air, all the stories were of loving, caring and helping others.

It’s a tough job to wait on people in a restaurant and be the person at the front desk or the person who cleans the rooms in a hotel and the awards dinner showcased the “best of the best” and the stories were inspiring.

The program itself was run so well by the NFHLA, it honored the nominees and the winners. It was inspiring, on time and interesting. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

Rose Awards Host Brent Martineau

Host: Brent Martineau, Sports Director, Action News Jacksonville

Rose Awards Theme

Beautiful decor reflecting the “Rose Awards” theme.

Fabulous dinner at The Rose Awards

Fabulous dinner at The Rose Awards

 

 

All nominees "walk the stage" at The Rose Awards

All nominees “walk the stage” at The Rose Awards

 

 

All nominees "walk the stage" at The Rose Awards

All nominees “walk the stage” at The Rose Awards

 

 

Scholarship given at The Rose Awards

Scholarship given at The Rose Awards

Great media coverage of The Rose Awards

Great media coverage of The Rose Awards

 

 

The walk of winners at The Rose Awards

The walk of winners at The Rose Awards

 

 

The walk of winners at The Rose Awards

The walk of winners at The Rose Awards

 

 

 

The committee that made The Rose Awards event a reality

The committee that made The Rose Awards event a reality

 

 

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