IT’S that time of the year again when Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao recognizes its industry partners. The time when the leading hotel shows gratitude to its partners for helping it maintain its position at the forefront of the hospitality scene in Davao City.

The hotel’s guests were treated to a whole new world with its Arabian Nights-themed Appreciation Party on August 28.

“In the many speeches that I’ve given in the last five years, I’ve learned that there are no right words to use in a welcome speech except ones that are said with gratitude. Times have changed, yet Waterfront remains to be at the forefront of the hospitality industry because of you, your unwavering confidence and loyalty to the company and the people that make it. Tonight, we celebrate the story of us as we end one chapter and begin with another,” Hotel Manager Bryan Yves Lasala said in his welcome remarks.

Awarded by category, the hotel acknowledged its top accounts for the year 2018 by giving plaques of recognition and appreciation. Among its top producing accounts were top Travel Agencies: Fastpass Tours, ARS Dream Travel and Tours, Go Dream Tours, and Uni-Orient Travel Inc.; top Government Accounts: DILG Davao, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Province of Davao Occidental, and Philippine Information Agency 11 and Tesda 11; Top Non-government Accounts: UNDP Philippines, Institute for Autonomy and Governance, and Palladiun; and Top Corporate Accounts: Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc., Dole Philippines, San Miguel Foods Inc., Eastwest Rural Bank, and Soldelsur Development Corporation.

Specially cited for their support were the Department of Tourism 11 and City Tourism Operations Office Davao. Top Event Planners included El Bonita Events, Pinktouche Events, Dazzle Events and Weddings, and Events by Liz while the Top Event Stylists were Golden Touch, Cameo, Floral Pink Designs and Pachadas Event Styling. Cocktails and Dreamsz was awarded Top Event Provider of the Year for her contribution in hotel-initiated events.

SunStar Davao along with Edge Davao, Mindanao Times, Davao Digital Influencers, and Davao Bloggers Society were also named Top Media Partners of the hotel for 2018.

Shinning, Shimmering, Splendid – these three words best describe the appreciation gala for this year.