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Members of the U.S. and Caribbean Media honored at The Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon

NEW YORK – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) paid tribute to members of the U.S. and Caribbean media communities during a special Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 11 at the New Yorker Hotel as part of Caribbean Week in New York 2009 (www.onecaribbean.org).

David Bear, former travel editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was honored with the afternoon’s grand prize of “Best in Show” for his newspaper article entitled “Casual Anguilla Harbors Miles of Superb Beaches.” Bear also took home the prize for “Best Feature Article in a Consumer Newspaper” for the same.

“The CTO Awards are a vitally important part of Caribbean Week in New York, serving as our annual recognition for the national media in both the United States and the Caribbean who have been positively advocating tourism to the Caribbean for so many years,” said Hugh Riley, interim secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). “Each year, we receive hundreds of superior submissions in every media category and it’s always a difficult decision to choose just one winner from each. This year was no exception.”

Tourism officials, Caribbean tourism suppliers and the media were in attendance at the Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon, where they recognized some of the leading journalists in the United States and Caribbean. Winners included:

– David Swanson, “Our Top 25 All Stars” in Caribbean Travel & Life – Best Feature Article in a Consumer Magazine (USA)

– Cheray O’Neal, “Home Away from Home” in Black Meetings & Tourism – Best Feature Article in a Trade Magazine (USA)

– James Schnepf, “The Golden Age of Nevis” in Caribbean Travel & Life – Best Photography (USA)
Dana Popoff, “Feasting on Waves: Island Thyme” on Food Network – Best Broadcast Feature (USA)

– Michael Robinson, “Cockpit Country” in Sky Writings – Best Feature Article (Caribbean)

L-R: Johnson JohnRose, Communications Officer, CTO, Michael Robinson and Jamaica Tourism minister Ed Bartlett

More than 100 submissions were received across six categories in print and broadcast media, in addition to the “Best in Show” winner which was chosen out of the six finalists. “Best in Show” winner David Bear will receive a Caribbean getaway to St. Lucia courtesy of (HOTEL??).

Organized by CTO, Caribbean Week in New York brings together the most influential policy makers, marketing professionals and tourism industry officials to interact and discuss both tourism and investment opportunities in the region.

It also serves to provide a taste of the Caribbean, to present vacation special offers, inspire travel and showcase the Region’s diversity to more than 10,000 attendees who participated in a number of targeted events hosted throughout the week including a Caribbean Travel & Cultural Fair, Media Marketplace, Caribbean Marketing Conference, Caribbean Treats: Food, Rum & Rhythm, Allied Members Awards Luncheon and Diaspora Workshop.

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