Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

Thirty finalists will vie for various awards in the 2016 St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards, which takes place on Saturday 21st May at the Carambola Beach Club.

According to a statement The St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards is the tourism industry’s most anticipated event. The event celebrates and recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in making St. Kitts a premier tourist destination.

The Tourism Awards also encourages the continual raising of standards and reinforces the value of the tourism industry.

The finalists are:

1. Kittitian Experience Award
a. Lion Rock – Beach Bar – Cockleshell Beach
b. Sprat Net
c. Oneil Mulrain – Rainforest Guide

2. Achievement of Excellence Award – Business
a. Yu Lounge
b. Caribelle Batik
c. Boozie’s

3. Achievement of Excellence – Individual
a. Oneil Mulrain – Rainforest Guide
b. Glen Thomas – Kittitian Hill
c. Kathleen Wanless – Craft Vendor

4. Pillar of the Industry Award – Individual
a. Dale Kelley
b. Sebastian Mottram – Silver Reef
c. Larry Armony – Brimstone Hill

5. Pillar of the Industry Award- Business
a. TDC Airlines
b. Yu Lounge
c. Delisle Walwyn

6. Sustainable Tourism Award
a. Admirals 2008 Ltd.
b. Kittitian Hill
c. Eco Park

7. National Champion
a. Banka Mass Camp
b. Wingrove Hicks
c. Victoria O’Flaherty

8. The People’s Choice Award
a. Gregory Degrasse
b. Charles Clarke
c. Troy Hendrickson (Spuddy)

9. Employee of the Year
a. Mary Pemberton – Caribelle Batik
b. Jaleel Brown – OTI
c. Lorraine Tobias – St. Kitts Marriott Resort

10. Minister’s Award Category
a. Diannille Taylor- Williams
b. Allister Williams
c. St. Clair Maynard

Minister of Tourism, International Trade and Commerce, The Hon. Lindsay Grant, said the St. Kitts Tourism Experience Awards publicly recognizes and rewards excellence within the industry.

“As the destination makes the transition into a high-end tourism destination, it is important that we encourage businesses to meet and strive to exceed industry standards,” Minister Grant said. “The awards play an integral role in rewarding outstanding service, innovation, industry professionalism, collaboration and initiative.”

More than 300 industry stakeholders from across the destination will gather at the awards banquet to celebrate, network and share the success of their industry, peers and colleagues.