Miriam van de Plassche, wins a Shoco Award

The Minister of Tourism, Transportation and Labour and the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association presented the Shoco National Tourism Awards of Excellence 2011, this past Friday, at the end of the first Tourism Summit, in a festive gathering at the Renaissance Convention Center.

The gala evening celebrated recognitions of outstanding achievements in tourism, awarding Miriam van de Plassche, manager De Palm Island, the coveted Manager of the Year, SHOCO National Award of Tourism 2011.

While in past years the Shoco recognitions were bestowed by the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, this year the awards were taken over by the Ministry of Tourism, Transportation and Labour, lending the program extra stature which accompanies official government citations. AHATA however remained as one of the proud main sponsors in conjunction with Digicel and Caribbean Mercantile Bank.

Miriam has been managing the De Palm Island for the past two years, and scored excellent on all Technical Competency, Hospitality and Managerial Skills on the award application form. An effective leader she has a knack of still keeping it fun for her people, operating the multi-faceted De Palm Island.

The island is Aruba’s only all-inclusive destination attracting families looking for a day of fun and adventure together or couples seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy beach area for some relaxation and pampering. Located off the island of Aruba, a short ferry ride away, it offers something for everyone, and Miriam keeps the strings together, making it all tick, in sync!

Above all, Miriam is dedicated to the creation of unforgettable memories for visitors, and locals, and she instills that goal in all of her employees. Her extensive background in hospitality helps her operate top notch food and beverage outlets while also running successful Seatrek Adventures, assisting the retail division, and scoring high for the Island in general on TRipAdvisor.

General Manager Warren Stanley reports: “Like all good managers, Miriam leads by example, loves what she does and it shows.”

Pictured here, Manager of the Year, Maria van de Plassche receiving the Shoco award from hotelier Alex Nieuwmeyer, on stage at the Renaissance Convention Center. The Shoco is considered Aruba’s national bird. The small Borrowing Owl is a symbol of wisdom, resourcefulness, focus, vision and a keen sense of direction. Also pictured here Miriam and her De Palm Tours management colleagues.