The Greenlandic trade union SIK has given its 2012 Management Award to Hotel Arctic’s managing director, Erik Bjerregaard.
At the presentation, trade union president Jess G. Berthelsen said that SIK recognizes Erik Bjerregaard’s exemplary work to “create a flourishing business where the major part of the workforce consists of people resident in Greenland”.
“Erik, through your long-standing, active work in this country you have helped to inspire and encourage residents of this country to educate and better themselves, not just for their own benefit but also for the benefit of progress in Greenland”, underlined the SIK president. “Your example definitely deserves to be followed by other companies in this country”.
In his acceptance speech, Erik Bjerregaard said that he was both pleased and proud to receive SIK’s Management Award and that his goal would continue to be the creation of skilled employees for the benefit of both Hotel Arctic and for the hotel and restaurant branches in Greenland:
“There is no doubt, that tourism as a business will play a more prominent role in years to come and it is therefore of the utmost importance that those people who work in service jobs are as well equipped as possible to meet coming challenges “, said Erik Bjerregaard. “I promise that I and everyone else at Hotel Arctic will do our utmost to fulfill this goal”.
With the presentation of SIK’s Management Award, Hotel Arctic’s management and employees have been officially recognized by Greenland three times.
A few months ago, the association of Greenlandic co-operative retailers – Kalaallit Nunaanni Brugseni – gave Hotel Arctic the “Annual Award” for “the hotel’s great work in developing the Greenlandic cuisine” and use of Greenlandic ingredients.
Last year, Greenland’s Government presented its Environment and Nature Award to Hotel Arctic in recognition of the hotel’s long-standing commitment to environmentally sound and energy-efficient solutions.