St. Kitts announces winners of annual Tourism Awards

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Sports & Culture on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Kitts announces the 2005 winners of its Annual Tourism Awards.

Award winners were selected based on their contributions to the island’s tourism product over the year and represent both the private and public sectors. Thirty categories are represented encompassing hotels, cruise lines, air lines, restaurants, influential individuals, schools and both local and international travel agents and tour operators.

This year’s winners included:

Category —– Entity/Individual

Tour Operator of the Year (USA)– GOGO Worldwide Vacations
Tour Operator of the Year (Canada)– Signature Vacations
Travel Agent of the Year (USA) — Barbara Nason, Vacation Outlet (Woburn, MA)
Travel Agency of the Year (Canada)– Dream Vacations
Tourism Partner of the Year — Carib Brewery
Hotel of the Year — Ocean Terrace Inn
Airline of the Year — American Airlines
Restaurant of the Year — Island Spice
Outstanding Partner in the Cruise Industry–TDC Group of Companies, Ltd.
Retailer of the Year — Island Hopper
Taxi Driver of the Year — Ms. Violet Wigley
Environmental Officer of the Year — Irvin Bart

The awards were presented on November 5, 2005 at an Awards Banquet held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino by Ricky Skerritt, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Sports and Culture; Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis; Ms. Christine Walwyn, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and Ms. Pamela C. Richards, Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The evening’s entertainment included musical performances by local artists and a Chinese Auction.

Tourism Week is week-long series of events held annually each October that is devoted to increasing public awareness about the importance of tourism and its impact on the economy of St. Kitts. It incorporates a variety of fun and educational activities including an arts and crafts exhibition, culinary demonstrations, pan festival, hospitality guest speakers in schools, training workshops and customer relations seminars.

This year for the first time, Tourism Week incorporated the launch of National Carnival, indicating the importance of this event as part of the island’s overall tourism product. One of the highlights of the launch was the introduction of the six contestants vying to be crowned Miss National Carnival Queen.

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