STALWART IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
Mr. Paul Pennicook is a graduate of the school of hotel administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
An experienced hotelier, Mr. Pennicook started his career at the Montego Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. While at Cornell and immediately after, he worked at the Sheraton Hotel and Statler Inn both in Ithaca, New York before returning to his native home in Jamaica.
Subsequently, he held management positions at the Holiday Inn – Montego Bay before going on to work as general manager at Couples, Ocho Rios, then as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Super clubs.
In 1995, Mr. Pennicook joined unique vacations (the marketing arm of the Sandals Resorts chain) as Executive Vice President. In august of 1997, he was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Couples Resorts which owns and operates the Couples group of hotels.
Mr. Pennicook has served as first vice president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and was chairman of that organization’s marketing committee. He was named hotelier of the year in 2001 by the Jamaica hotel & tourist association.
Mr. Pennicook was appointed Director of Tourism for Jamaica on March 1, 2003.
Mr. Pennicook serves on the board of the Victoria Mutual Building Society.
A wine connoisseur, Mr. Pennicook has visited vineyards in California (USA), Australia and Europe studying blends peculiar to these regions.
He is a sports enthusiast, who enjoys watching tennis, football and cricket. He plays squash, enjoys a variety of music and fine dining.
His professional career spans over 32 years, all of which have been spent in the hotel, travel and tourism industry.