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Florida award for Bermudian

Labour of love: Duncan Tavares at the “Flagler” Awards celebration in Florida earlier this month (Photograph supplied)

A Bermudian has been recognised for his involvement in an award-winning marketing campaign for a beachfront resort in Florida.

Duncan Tavares, who previously worked at Bermuda’s Department of Tourism, the Marriott Castle Harbour Resort and Horizons, is now director of tourism, economic development and community services in the South Florida town of Surfside.

The town won two awards, including “Best in Show”, at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Orlando on September 8 for its visitors’ guide, produced by Jacober Creative.

Paul Jacober, the principal of Jacober Creative, said: “We are thrilled to have showcased Surfside in this campaign and attract this level of recognition in a state like Florida, where tourism is a major industry. We were competing against some serious players.

“None of this would have happened without Mr Tavares, the Surfside team and their joint vision for Surfside, which allows us to continue to push the envelope in the work that we do.”

Mr Tavares said: “The campaign is gorgeous and is like nothing Surfside has ever seen. It’s been a labour of love overseeing the development of the town’s marketing campaigns.”