Tourism recognises its own in annual awards ceremony

Gladys Howard was the popular recipient of a special award commemorating her lifetime achievements in tourism as the industry hailed its members. 

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association Stingray Tourism Awards took place at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Tuesday, 26 June, with hundreds of sector representatives attending the annual bash to celebrate excellence . 

“Tonight we shared a moment of pride with some wonderful people who have gone above and beyond in the expected needs of our visitors to the Cayman Islands” said Cayman Islands Tourism Association executive director, Jane van der Bol. 

McKeeva Bush gave an address to the nominees and reinforced the importance of Tourism in the Cayman Islands. He emphasised how special the three islands were, how Caymanians, residents of Cayman and permit holders alike who love the Cayman Islands, contribute daily to the tourism product and have in turn made it the number one destination in the Caribbean. 

Many categories   

There were over 50 nominations for the awards in 13 categories, reflecting the different strands of tourism. There was also an award for Rising Star for young bucks in the industry plus that of Long Service, presented to those who have served 15 years or longer, demonstrating pride in their achievements and providing customer service excellence.  

Wilton Dabrio of Islands Club and Beatrice Powell of Tukka were presented with this award. Mr. Wilton was described as someone who is always on time, to the point that you could set your watch by his appearance daily at his job. Beatrice Powell is more commonly known as Ms Bea, who the tourism association described as having ‘worked in the service industry for over 40 years and always with a smile because she simply loved what she did.’ 

Lifetime Achievement Award  

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises those individuals who have worked to shape and develop Cayman’s tourism product and industry. This year it was presented to Gladys Howard owner, manager and executive chef of Pirates Point, Little Cayman. Her work as a chef, restauranteur, educator, environmentalist and tourism cheerleader, said the association, made her a worthy recipient and one which was popular with the attendees of the awards ceremony. 

2012 Stingray Award Winners  

  • Accommodations Manager of the Year: Nassaria Millwood 
  • Accommodations Employee of the Year:  Leroy Jordan 
  • Watersports Manager of the Year:  Gary Frost 
  • Watersports Employee of the Year:  James Grainger 
  • Transportation Manager of the Year:  Gary Todd 
  • Transportation Employee of the Year:  Mark Nelson 
  • Restaurant Manager of the Year:  Erika Chadwick 
  • Restaurant Employee of the Year:  Shelly-Ann Thompson 
  • Allied Manager of the Year:  Walker Romanica 
  • Allied Employee of the Year:  Jeff Zelaya 
  • Rising Star Award:  Carl Jackson 
  • Long Service Award:  Wilton Dabrio,  Beatrice Powell: 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:  Gladys Howard:
Stingray Awards Cayman Islands

The winners of the 2012 Cayman Islands Tourism Association Stingray Tourism Awards were a happy bunch at a special ceremony. – Photo: Submitted