MEIKLES Africa Hotels’ regional commercial director, Glenn Stutchbury, has been named Zimbabwe’s Tourism Personality of the Year for 2004 in recognition of his contribution to the developme
nt of the country’s tourism and hospitality sector over more than a decade.
The award is presented each year to a deserving recipient by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) to mark World Tourism Day and to recognise achievement and effort in the tourism sector.
Said Givemore Chidzidzi, deputy chief executive and marketing and communications director of the ZTA: “We are delighted to have been able to present this to Glenn, who is one of the sector’s hardest workers and someone who has tourism and hospitality continuously at his heart. His contribution has been noteworthy and has made a difference to our sector.”
Stutchbury is also a vice-president of the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism and is a past chairman of the Zimbabwe Chefs’ Association, as well as an active supporter of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe and Conference Harare.
In its citation for the award, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority said: “As regional commercial director for Meikles Africa Hotels he has a group responsibility for each of the hotels in the group in a number of key areas, including marketing and administration. An increasingly well-known figure in tourism and hospitality in southern Africa, Mr Stutchbury is one of those people who could possibly claim to have ‘the business’ running in his blood, with his whole life spent in and around the establishments created and run by his parents, Veronica and the late Geoff Stutchbury.”