Caribbean Week – Media Awards Ceremony


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NEW YORK, NY (5 June, 2014) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recognized travel journalists for their outstanding coverage of the region at the CTO Travel Media Awards Luncheon during Caribbean Week in New York. The luncheon, held at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on Thursday 5 June, was co-sponsored by Jamaica and was attended by several Caribbean tourism ministers, directors and dignitaries, as well as industry executives and other well regarded journalists.

The CTO’s secretary general, Hugh Riley, who presented the awards to well-deserving travel journalists, acknowledged the important role that the media play in driving Caribbean tourism.

“The value of the media coverage alone exceeds the combined marketing budgets of our members.  What is even more invaluable is the quality of the work that these journalists continue to produce which help to shape the Caribbean brand as a premier travel destination.” 

Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article In A Consumer Magazine

Ann Vanderhoff for her feature article on Trinidad & Tobago entitled, “Trinidad in 50 Tastes a Day” in Islands

I Couldn’t Have Written Better Myself – Best Feature In A Consumer Newspaper

Terry Ward for her feature article on St. Kitts entitled, “Float Your Boat in St. Kitts” in the New York Post  

Inner Circle Queen – Best Feature Article In A Trade Publication

Gay Nagle Myers for her story on Cuba entitled, “La Verdadera Cuba” in Travel Weekly

Virtual Visitor Award – Best Online Feature

Alexander Britell, for his story about St. Vincent & the Grenadines entitled, “In Downtown Kingstown, Finding the Spirit of St. Vincent and the Grenadines” in Caribbean Journal

Golden Mic – Best Broadcast Feature 

Tonya & Ian Fitzpatrick for their feature on Palm Island and the Tobago Cays in St. Vincent & the Grenadines on World Footprints Media.

Oh Snap!– Best Photograph accompanying a feature 

Joaquin Trujillo and Brian Paumier for their photographs accompanying a feature on Martinique entitled , “Spirited Away” in Afar.

In addition, the CTO’s Chairman, Hon. Beverly Nicholson-Doty presented the following best overall award:  

They Like Me, They Really Like Me! – Best of the Best

Gay Nagle Myers for her story on Cuba entitled, “La Verdadera Cuba” in Travel Weekly

The CTO Travel Media Awards entries were judged by a team of public relations and journalism experts, including Head Judge, Roberta Garzaroli, the president of The Atrebor Group.

Caribbean Week was supported by Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), the Atrebor Group, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bloomingdales, Blue Sky Luxury, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cititech Solutions, CTO Allied Members, Curacao, Dominica, David Williams Funeral Service, El Dorado, Empire State Building, Grace, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Haven’s Kitchen, Health City Cayman Islands, Hilton San Juan Collection, Jamaica , Laura Davidson PR, Martinique, Necker Island, Nevis, Sandals, the Sandals Foundation, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Travel+Leisure, Trinidad & Tobago, the US Virgin Islands, Whole Foods Market Culinary Center and Williams-Sonoma.

Click here for photographs from the various Caribbean Week New York events. 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax:(246) 429-3065; E-mail:

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax:(212) 635-9511; E-mail:;

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail:;

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