Nominations for “heroes” in the tourism field for next year’s National Heroes Day must be in by the end of September, organizers advise.

The deadline is Friday, Sept. 30.

The Ministries of Culture and Tourism are encouraging members of the public to put forward names for consideration.

“There are many people who are extremely accomplished in the field of tourism, and who have dedicated their time and lives to this important industry,” Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is also minister for culture, said in a press release. “Those are people who deserve to be recognised, so I strongly encourage everyone to continue to submit nomination forms to ensure our tourism pioneers get the recognition they deserve.”

The annual National Heroes Day celebration is scheduled to be held at Heroes Square in George Town on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

Chief Officer for the Ministry of Culture and chairperson for the National Heroes Day Committee, Jennifer Ahearn, said many nomination forms for outstanding nominees had already been received.

“We greatly appreciate the community’s help and would like to thank everyone who has gotten involved with the process,” she said. “We look forward to receiving even more nominations before the end of this month.”

There are five nomination categories for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry in the Cayman Islands:

Early Pioneer: An individual, alive or deceased, who has made significant contributions to the early development and/or delivery of tourism throughout the Cayman Islands prior to 1960. A commemorative insignia and certificate will be awarded.

Pioneer: An individual, alive or deceased, who has made significant contributions to the development and/or delivery of tourism from 1961 to 2006. A commemorative insignia and certificate will be awarded.

Emerging Pioneer: An individual who has made significant contributions to the development and/or delivery of tourism from 2007 to present. A commemorative insignia and certificate will be awarded.

Memorial Scroll: A deceased person who was a leader or notable contributor to the development and/or delivery of tourism. This individual will be recognized with a certificate.

Long Service Award: A living individual who may not necessarily have been a leader, but is a long-standing contributor to the development and/or delivery of tourism for 10 years or more. This individual will be recognized with a certificate.

Nomination forms are available at the reception desk of the Government Administration Building, or online at www.ministryofhealth.gov.ky. Completed nomination forms or inquiries can be sent to [email protected]

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