As the nation settles into the celebrative mood of the festive season, Tanoa Tusitala decided to honor their staff for a job well done throughout the year last week.
Standout work was recognized and the staff members were given a well-deserved break while they celebrated with drinks, laughter and food galore.
Tanoa Tusitala Samoa’s General Manager, Jason Strickland, said although they celebrate the staff four times a year, this celebration was even bigger because it’s the end of the year.
It was also a small farewell for Mr. Strickland as he prepares to leave for Tonga to begin a new chapter of his life.
“Four times a year we celebrate the success of our people, our staff who have stood out over the last quarter,” he told the Sunday Samoan.
“They will be recognized for their good work. It’s broken down into three categories; our people, our guests and our company and its three different people and how they represent those categories.”
“Being the end of the year, it’s a bit bigger than most times and at the same time, I will be moving to our property in Tonga.”
“So it is going to be a little farewell party with a little bit more fun than we usually do. It’s a staffs awards and staff recognition.”
And with Tanoa’s Chairman, Mr. Y.P Reddy, joining in on the celebration, it was all the more reason to turn up the music and keep the drinks flowing.
“It’s really fantastic, our chairman Mr. Reddy is here and also one of directors and his daughter have flown over from New Zealand to celebrate the success of the staff,” Mr. Strickland said.
“That’s it, we’re the best team in Samoa and the busiest hotel in Samoa; I love the team.”
Asked about how they planned to celebrate and the first thing on Mr. Strickland’s list was of course, food.
“In Samoa, it has to be food,” he said.
“So lots and lots of food for the staff; we also have Alan Alo’s dance group from U.S.P. performing for the staff and he brought some dancers from Fiji as well.”
“At the end of the year, all the different departments are going to perform.”
And Mr. Strickland assured that there was a lot of ‘responsible drinking.’.
Furthermore, when asked for one word to describe the passing year, Mr. Strickland said 2016 was “Awesome,”
“Samoa’s awesome and Samoa has been awesome to me for the last three years.”
“It will be sad to go. A message for my staff is that I love them, they aren’t staff, they are family. I will definitely miss them.”
“Tanoa has a bright, young and fantastic team here and I have a lot of respect for them. The reason I am being asked to go and work for our other property is because they have done such a good job and they have actually made me look good.”
“That’s why I will be going, it’s their fault. I will be back to visit some time.”