CITA seeks nominees for Stingray awards

| 24/10/2010

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) has opened the nominations for the 2010 Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards. The Stingrays recognise individuals who have offered the greatest contribution towards the well-being of the Cayman Islands tourism industry and the Association’s affairs throughout the year. The Awards also recognize those who contribute to creating an extraordinary experience for guests. As one of the country’s two economic pillars CITA said there is virtually no business which is not affected by and or dependent on the success of Tourism.

Nominees which can only be made by CITA members are recognized in a number of categories: Accommodation Employee of the Year, Accommodation Manager of the Year, Allied Employee of the Year, Allied Manager of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Long Service/Special Contribution Award, Restaurant Employee of the Year, Restaurant Manager of the Year, Rising Star of Tourism Award, Tourism Excellence Award, Transportation Employee of the Year, Transportation Manger of the Year, Water Sports Employee of the Year and Water Sports Manager of the Year.

One area that the CITA Education & Training Committee said it would like to see more nominations submitted for is the Allied Sector. This sector represents businesses in Retail, Distribution, Media, Suppliers and all Tourism Services, each of whom play an integral role in our tourism industry. From the retailer who deals with both cruise and stay-over visitors on a daily basis to even the bank teller who assists our visitors with their currency exchange.

Stephen Broadbelt Owner of Ocean Frontiers and Compass Point and Immediate Past President of the CITA said the awards are one of the most important events of the year.
“They allow us to thank and recognize our employees for their contribution to our business and the industry overall,” he said. “The event makes a huge difference on staff morale and they talk about the Gala for the entire year. They work hard and aspire to get a nomination over their co-worker s. They really appreciate the experience of getting dressed up and enjoy an evening where they can truly shine.”

Nomination Forms have been sent out to all CITA business members and the association looks forward to announcing the nominees for each category by the end of October.

Tickets are on sale now $75.00 per person (tables of 10). All proceeds from this event are contributed to the Scholarship Fund which is awarded by CITA to an outstanding individual pursuing a career in Tourism.

To become a member of the CITA and nominate individuals in your business or to purchase tickets in support of The Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards 2010 Gala, please contact Erin Bodden of CITA, by emailing or by calling 949-8522. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.
The awards gala will be held Tuesday 9 November at The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

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