Next year’s National Heroes Day will recognize the pioneers of Cayman’s tourism industry, the organizing committee announced Thursday.
The Heroes Day ceremony, which will be held on Jan. 23, will honor those chosen from public nominations. The nomination period, which begins on Sept. 1, runs until Sept. 30.
Members of the public can nominate people they believe have made significant contributions to the tourism industry over the years.
Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is also minister for culture, said in a press release, “We chose tourism as the 2017 theme because the tourism sector is a vital part of our country’s past, present and future. It is time we recognise the people who are committed to this constantly growing sector, and celebrate their hard work and efforts.”
The National Heroes Day Committee will oversee the nomination process.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell, who met the committee at its meeting Tuesday, said, “I am so pleased that tourism has been chosen for National Heroes Day 2017. I look forward to the public getting involved to recognise the men and women who have given so much to the tourism community, and who continue to help tourism thrive in the Cayman Islands.”
The “Pioneers in Tourism” will receive commemorative insignia and certificates at the ceremony.
The government’s Protocol Office organizes the National Heroes Day ceremony with assistance from the Ministry of Culture.
The award categories are:
Early Pioneer: An individual, alive or deceased, who made significant contributions to the early development and delivery of tourism throughout the Cayman Islands before 1960.
Pioneer: An individual, alive or deceased, who made significant contributions to tourism from 1960-2006.
Emerging Pioneer: An individual who has made significant contributions to tourism from 2006 to present.
Memorial Scroll: A deceased person who was a leader or notable contributor to the development and/or delivery of tourism.
Long Service Award: A living individual who may not have been a leader, but a long serving person in the tourism community, who has contributed for 10 years or more.