Deadline approaches for Stingray tourism awards

There’s very little time left for nominations for the annual Stingray Awards for people who have excelled in Cayman’s tourism sector.

The deadline is Friday, 22 October, for member businesses of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to nominate individuals who have displayed excellence in tourism. Nominees will be announced by the end of the month, with the final ceremony set for Tuesday, 9 November at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

The awards recognise those who have made the greatest contributions to the association’s affairs and the islands’ hospitality during 2010, said Erin Bodden of the association. “The award programme also recognises those who contribute to creating an extraordinary experience for guests who will return to share their story with friends and family.

“With tourism being one of the two economic pillars of the Islands there is virtually no business which is not affected by, or dependent on, the success of the industry.”

Tourism experience

Rod McDowall, chairman of CITA’s education and training committee, said recognition of tourism ambassadors is vital to the sector.

“These are the employees that are the face of our tourism experience, the ones that provide the quality experience that makes people want to return to the Cayman Islands time and time again. That recognition is not just for the employees that work face to face with the guests, but the employee who works diligently without recognition behind the scenes, creating the ambience and the experience expected by today’s discerning traveller.

“Without their efforts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weekends and holidays, the residents of the Cayman Islands would not enjoy the lifestyle we have become accustomed to,” he said.

He added that CITA would like to see more nominations submitted from the allied sector, which represents businesses in retail, distribution, media, suppliers and all tourism services, each of whom play an integral role in the tourism industry.

This could include a retailer who deals with both cruise and stayover visitors on a daily basis or a bank teller who assists visitors with currency exchange.

Award categories

The Stingray Award categories are: accommodation employee of the year; accommodation manager of the year; watersports employee of the year; watersports manager of the year; restaurant employee o the year; restaurant manager of the year; transportation employee of the year; transportation manager of the year; allied employee of the year; allied manager of the year.

There are also awards for long service/special contribution and rising star in tourism. Tickets are $75 per person, with all proceeds donated to the scholarship fund, which is awarded by the association to an outstanding individual pursuing a career in tourism.

For information, contact 
Erin Bodden by emailing 
[email protected] or call 949-8522.