The Cayman Islands are up for several Caribbean gongs at the tourism industry’s largest annual awards.
The Cayman Islands is up for Leading Caribbean Destination and Leading Honeymoon Destination; Grand Cayman is nominated as Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination; theReef is in the reckoning for Caribbean’s Leading Hotel and Residences; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman could win Caribbean’s Luxury Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Suite is in the running for Caribbean’s Leading Suite. Stingray City is in the reckoning as Caribbean’s Leading Tourism Development Project.
The 2012 World Travel Awards takes place at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa on Friday, 14 September.
Hundreds of senior travel decision-makers from across the Caribbean and Americas are scheduled to attend the gala evening, which will include a gourmet dinner and entertainment, as well as the presentation of the awards.
The awards programme has been hailed as the “Oscars of the travel industry” by organisers as it highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry during the past year.
“Travel and tourism is the lifeblood of the Caribbean economy, and the sector has demonstrated remarkable resilience, given the challenges faced by the key source markets of Europe and North America.
Our nominees represent those organisations that have made the greatest contribution to the performance of the Caribbean in the face of adversity, and I look forward to finding out which ones will make it on to the winner’s podium on,” said Graham E. Cooke, president and founder of the awards.
The Caribbean and the Americas Ceremony 2012 marks the second leg of the World Travel Awards Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Singapore and The Algarve. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at a grand finale, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on Wednesday, 12 December.
There is also a country-specific set of awards for each destination in the Caribbean. The nominees are as follows.
Cayman Islands’ Leading Boutique Hotel
Little Cayman Beach Resort; Pirates Point Resort; Southern Cross Club
Cayman Islands’ Leading Hotel
Grand Cayman Beach Suites; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; The Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa
Cayman Islands’ Leading Resort
Caribbean Club; Compass Point Dive Resort; Grand Cayman Beach Suites; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort; Meridian; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; Britannia; Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa
Cayman Islands Leading Spa Resort
Grand Cayman Beach Suites; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resorts; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa