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Hotelier, Josef Forstmayr Honoured for Over 23 Years of Service to the Jamaica Tourist Board

The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica gives token of appreciation to Mr. Josef Forstmayr, OD, JP for over 23 years of service to the Jamaica Tourist Board | Photo: Noel Thompson

Round Hill’s Managing Director, Josef Forstmayr was recently honored for his outstanding service to the Jamaica Tourist Board. The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism presented a special gift to Mr. Forstmayr during the first official meeting of the new Jamaica Tourist Board, thanking him for his 23 years of constant service as a member of the board of directors of the JTB.

“On behalf of the officials from the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the entire tourism fraternity, we owe you a debt of gratitude for your unwavering dedication and support of the industry,” noted Minister Bartlett during his presentation.

Josef Forstmayr has been welcoming guests to Round Hill Hotel and Villas since he started as managing director of the resort in 1989. Under Josef’s direction, Round Hill has won countless prestigious awards and accolades including World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Villa Resort for 16 consecutive years, AAA’s Four Diamond Award of Excellence and has been featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List.

Josef has a passion for all things Jamaican and has lived in the country since 1979. In addition to serving as a director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Mr. Forstmayr serves on a number of other boards including the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and is the chairman of the Montego Bay Arts Council. Between 2001-2003, he was president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) and is a past president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), where during his tenure he increased awareness of the CHTA’s “Tourism is Key” advocacy campaign.

Mr. Forstmayr is a recipient of the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer from the government of Jamaica for his contribution to island’s tourism industry.

He is also the Consul the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Austria in Jamaica.