Some of Cayman’s finest tourism employees were celebrated Friday night at the fourth annual Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards Gala presented by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association at the Westin Casuarina Resort.
Over 50 nominees were presented with plaques by Miss Cayman Rebecca Parchment and President of CITA Karie Bergstrom.
Out of these, 15 were chosen for the awards presented by Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford and Ms Bergstrom.
The awardees were as follows: the Restaurant Manager of the Year award went to Martin Hoetzl of Blue Restaurant, the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and was collected on his behalf by the hotel’s director of food and beverage Otto Stohl; Ivan Lee of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman won Watersports Manager of the Year and his award was accepted by Roger Ponce, director of Rooms at the hotel; Gladys Howard of Pirates Point Resort on Little Cayman won a Long Service Award; Mike Flowers won a Special Contribution Award; Merilyn Malone of Cayman Airways won the Transportation Employee of the Year; Louie-Mae Parchment of Sunshine Suites won Accommodations Employee of the Year; Delva Ebanks of the Westin Casuarina Resort won a Long Service Award; Annie Bush of the Westin Casuarina Resort won Restaurant Employee of the Year; Kenrick Webster of Websters Tours won Transportation Manager of the Year; Brandee Elise Milman of Divetech won Watersports Employee of the Year; Fernando Soler of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort won Accommodations Manager of the Year; Justin Uzzell of Cayman Free Press/Key to Cayman won Allied Manager of the Year; Anthony Clarke of Red Sail Sports won the Rising Star Tourism Award; Garfield Ebanks of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort won Accommodations Employee of the Year; Allied Employee of the Year went to Ann Ogden of Celebrations and was accepted on her behalf by Amanda Brown. Ms Ogden was in Little Cayman for the filming of ‘My Destination Wedding with the Knot,’ which will see a featured couple have their destination wedding, at the Southern Cross Club to be aired on Style TV in 2008.