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Freelance writer Michele Peterson wins top prize at CTO Travel Media Awards in Canada

TORONTO, Canada, 22 November, 2016 –   An article that explores Grenada’s culinary landscape has copped the top award at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Caribbean Travel Media Awards programme here.

The article, Extraordinary Grenada by freelance writer Michele Peterson, won the Best of the Best award announced today at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon at Rosewater.

The story, which appeared in Taste & Travel International, takes readers on a satisfying journey through some of the taste-defining places, including the Caribbean’s oldest water-powered run distillery, an educational herb and spice project with Arawak, African, Indian and British influences, a goat dairy farm and a fully-functioning 17th century chocolate plantation.

Readers also get to savour with Peterson, organic Grenadian goat cheese, cocoa pods and delightful callaloo.

“The writer takes us on an incredible journey into the unique foods and attractions available in Grenada. It is an extremely well researched story that provides fascinating insights on the island’s rich culinary history,” judge Jeff Lake, managing partner and senior vice president – Punch Canada said.

“It was an original story. Excellent interviews. I felt I was reading something new about Grenada.”

Peterson was one seven travel writers and photographers awarded today for their coverage of the Caribbean.

The winners of this year’s Caribbean Travel Media awards in Canada are as follows:

Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article In A Consumer Magazine
Michele Paterson – Extraordinary Grenada – Taste & Travel International

I Couldn’t Have Written Better Myself – Best Feature In A Consumer Newspaper
Shari Kulha – A One per cent Solution (Barbados) – The National Post

Inner Circle King/Queen– Best Feature Article In A Trade Publication
Britney Hope – By Way of Barbados – Pax Magazine

Virtual Visitor Award – Best Online Feature
Steven Threndyle – Exploring the Cayes of Belize on a Stand-Up Paddle Board  – Globe and Mail

Not Lost in Translation Award –  Best Feature by a Canadian Journalist that appeared in Foreign Media.
Erin MacLeod – Nice ‘n easy listening: why Jamaica loves Celine Dion and Air Supply – Guardian (UK)

From Infinity…And Abroad! (Best Feature by a foreign Journalist in US or Caribbean Media)
Chris Santella – A Belize Lodge Blends Agritourism With Caribbean Delights – National Post

Oh Snap!– Best Photograph accompanying a feature
Justin Harrington – Tropical Escape: Belize for Every Traveller – Elle Canada

Oh My Word, I Blogged! (Best Blog Post)
Michelle Peterson – 12 Reasons I’m Tempted to Drop Everything  & Move to Grenada – A Taste for Travel.
This winner of this award was determined by voters in an online poll.

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Canadian travel industry partners recognised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization

TORONTO, Canada, 22 November, 2016 – Two Canadian travel industry partners have been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for their contributions to the region’s development through tourism.

The CTO presented its Special Recognition Award to WestJet and Flight Centre Ltd at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon in Toronto on 22 November held as part of Caribbean Media Day organised to underscore the importance of the Canadian market to the Caribbean.

WestJet’s award was “in appreciation of your unquestionable commitment to the development of the Caribbean through tourism by providing a decade of outstanding, uninterrupted service to the region” while Flight Centre Ltd was “in recognition of your significant impact on the development of the Caribbean through tourism and your outstanding contribution to the region”.

2016 marks a decade of WestJet service to the Caribbean, with the Bahamas being its first international destination.

Flight Centre Ltd is a leading retailer of travel products and services for the leisure and corporate markets. Its wholesale brand GOGO Worldwide Vacations supplies a variety of services, including packages, accommodation, tours and cruises, and is its largest global supplier of land product.

From left: Gavin Miller, Flight Centre’s VP of retail operations; Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general and Andrew Jones of Flight Centre’s product department. Below (from left) Lyell Farquharson, WestJet’s VP of sales and distribution; Hugh Riley and Dave Cecco, director of Westjet product

From left: Gavin Miller, Flight Centre’s VP of retail operations; Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general and Andrew Jones of Flight Centre’s product department. Below (from left) Lyell Farquharson, WestJet’s VP of sales and distribution; Hugh Riley and Dave Cecco, director of Westjet product

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CTO Journalism Awards winners announced

November 2015: Monday 2 November saw the UK Chapter of the CTO host 70 media at the Caribbean media awards event at Fox @Excel, next to the West Entrance of the ExCel Exhibition Centre.

The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015 were presented during a networking evening after the first day of World Travel Market and launch of CTO’s Industry Trends Report. The awards evening  was attended by almost 120 guests, comprising visiting ministers and their delegations, UK Chapter members and a wide range of journalists from national, trade, consumer and online media.

The awards consisted of eight different categories: best broadcast, TV and radio feature, best consumer feature, best national newspaper feature, best online feature, best piece of photojournalism, best regional newspaper feature, best travel trade feature and best blog feature.

CTO Travel Journalism Awards winners:

  1. Best travel trade feature: Winner: Joanna Booth, Take the Plunge, Travel Weekly
  1.  Best piece of photojournalism: Winner: Neil S.Price, Caribbean Blend, Wanderlust
  1.  Best blog feature: Winner: Jane Lovatt, The Trundler’s Guide to Cuba, The Trundler
  1.  Best broadcast feature: Winner: Cherry Dorrett and Dave Edgar, Ainsley Eats the Streets, Snap TV for Channel 4
  1.  Best regional newspaper feature: Winner: Josie Clarke, Caribbean Brings Out the Ninja in Your Kids, Press Association
  1. Best national newspaper feature: Winner: Nigel Tisdall, Secret and Skies and Fantastical Hills, The Daily Telegraph
  1.  Best online feature: Winner: Nick Trend, Climbing in St Lucia: the Best View in the Caribbean, The Telegraph Online
  1.  Best consumer feature: Winner: Rory Goulding, Great Escape: The Caribbean, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

 

For further information contact Frances Amissah or Helen Coop at Four bgb

t: +44 (0) 20 3697 4200 / e: [email protected]Alternatively, contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization on +44 (20) 8948 0057

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. 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, research and 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, BB 22026, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected].

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: [email protected];

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: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism.

Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

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Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015

02 September, 2015 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is delighted to announce the launch of The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015, which will take place on 2 November 2015, during World Travel Market 2-5 November 2015.

Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for UK and Europe, commented, ‘The annual Caribbean Tourism Journalism Award is a great opportunity for us to reward and recognise the inspiring and positive articles written about the Caribbean region in the UK and Irish media. What’s more it’s a very exciting year for the CTO. This year marks our 25th year in the UK, so we look forward to celebrating with all the writers for their on-going support throughout the years.

The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards will include eight categories:

  1. Best travel trade feature;
  2. Best national newspaper feature;
  3. Best regional newspaper feature;
  4. Best consumer feature;
  5. Best broadcast, TV and radio feature;
  6. Best online feature;
  7. Best blog feature;
  8. Best piece of photojournalism

 Entries for the awards will be welcomed from editors, journalists and bloggers, as well as Caribbean tourist boards, tour operators, hotels and other industry partners. Editorial entries can be news stories, travel features or photography and must present the Caribbean in a positive light, encouraging travel to the region.

All submissions must have been published between 31 May 2014 and 31 August 2015

 Submissions for the photojournalism award must be emailed at 300dpi resolution or as PDF scans of the entire articles.

All entries should be emailed to Frances Amissah ([email protected]) at Four bgb with the attached entry form (a separate form is required for each entry), by Friday 09 October, 2015 at the latest.

Results of the Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015 will be announced at the Caribbean Host and Reward the Media event which will be held during World Travel Market Monday 2 November 2015.

For further information contact Frances Amissah or Helen Coop at Four bgb +44 (0)20 3697 4200; [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization on +44 (20) 8948 0057.

 

 

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CTO Recognises Excellence in Journalism at Media Awards Event in Berlin

L-R: Jakob Strobel y Serra (winner newspapers), Wolf Alexander Hanisch (2nd newspapers), Christian Ermert (2nd magazines), Heidi Diehl (3rd newspapers),Harald Schmid (winner TV/broadcast), Anne-Bärbel Köhle (winner magazines), Edward Suares (Director Marketing Europe Curacao Tourism Board), Carol Hay (Director Marketing UK&Europa of CTO), Caroline Welsch (PR Manager Condor), Rolf Nieländer (CTO PR-Representation Germany), Ivonne Schmieder   (Barceló Hotels).

L-R: Jakob Strobel y Serra (winner newspapers), Wolf Alexander Hanisch (2nd newspapers), Christian Ermert (2nd magazines), Heidi Diehl (3rd newspapers),Harald Schmid (winner TV/broadcast), Anne-Bärbel Köhle (winner magazines), Edward Suares (Director Marketing Europe Curacao Tourism Board), Carol Hay (Director Marketing UK&Europa of CTO), Caroline Welsch (PR Manager Condor), Rolf Nieländer (CTO PR-Representation Germany), Ivonne Schmieder
(Barceló Hotels).

BERLIN, Germany, 6 March 2015 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) last night welcomed nearly 50 media professionals to it 12th pan-Caribbean media awards event for German media at the renowned Funkturm Restaurant, the Berlin radio tower inaugurated in 1926 and which provides spectacular views on the city.

The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015 were presented during a networking evening, supported by the Curaçao Tourism Board.  Over 100 guests, comprising visiting ministers, directors and their delegations, industry partners and an array of consumer and trade media, national and regional newspaper journalists and a number of freelancers attended the event.

Eight awards were presented in three categories: Newspapers (Print/Online), Magazines (Print/Online) and broadcast.

“It’s good to have the support from our friends in the media, which is very much appreciated amongst all our Caribbean representatives. We would like to reward and thank all travel writers for their continued support in maintaining the colourful and charismatic reputation of the Caribbean in Germany,” said Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for the UK and Europe.

“I’d also like to thank Curaçao for co-hosting this event in what is an excellent demonstration of co-operation between the CTO and its member countries,” Ms. Hay added.

Other sponsors included sponsors: Barceló Hotels, Condor, Dertour, Norwegian Cruise Lines and TUI

–           Winners and runners up please see attached document

CTO Travel Journalism Awards winners:

1.         Best broadcast, TV and radio feature
•           2nd Place: Ralf Benkö
•           Piece: ‘holiday dreams: Caribbean holiday for 2.000 €’, Martinique
•           Media: RTL

2.         Best broadcast, TV and radio feature

•           1st Place: Harald Schmid
•           Piece: ‘My most beautiful holiday experience’, Saint Lucia
•           Media: Saarländischer Rundfunk

3.         Best newspaper feature (online/print)

•           3rd Place: Heidi Diehl
•           Piece: ‘Singing with plants’, Curaçao
•           Media: neues deutschland

4.         Best newspaper feature (online/print)

•           2nd Place: Wolf Alexander Hanisch
•           Piece: ‘Bahamas on mail boats’, Bahamas
•           Media: Die Zeit

5.         Best newspaper feature (online/print)

•           1st Place: Jakob Strobel y Serra
•           Piece: ‘Paradise is a privat estate, Bahamas
•           Media: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

6.         Best magazine feature (print/online)

•           3rd Place: Martin Cyris
•           Piece: ‘Spinning dreams in paradise’, Jamaica
•           Media: Spiegel online

7.         Best magazine feature (print/online)

•           2nd Place: Christian Ermert
•           Piece: ‘Jungle-Run with pirate feeling’, Dominica
•           Media: aktiv Laufen

8.         Best magazine feature (print/online)

•           1st Place: Anne-Bärbel Köhle
•           Piece: ‘Vacations like cocktails’, Curaçao
•           Media: Brigitte

About Curaçao

Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture; Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands of the region. Its capital city, Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop and roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping, was selected in 2014 as one of USA Today’s 10 Best Caribbean Destinations.  Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving and snorkeling sites are a favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition. To learn more about Curaçao please visit www.curacao.com, call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or download our newest brochure at http://curacao.com/brochure.  Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Curacaotb, Twitter: @CuracaoTravel or Instagram: CuracaoTB

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.

 

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CTO Travel Media Awards Recognise Excellence in Canadian Travel Journalism

Toronto, ON (December 8, 2011) – Canada’s top travel journalists were honoured by the international agency responsible for the development of Caribbean tourism, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) at its fifth annual Caribbean Media Awards event on December 8th, as part of the week-long Caribbean Week in Toronto celebrations.

“The Caribbean continues to be a popular destination with Canadians, known for its friendly locals, sun-kissed beaches and endless activities,” said Sylma Brown Bramble, the CTO’s director of marketing for the Americas.  “The winners today were recognized for their contributions to Caribbean storytelling, as their articles evoked and brought to life highlights of the Caribbean to their readers.”

The full list of CTO’s 2011 Toronto Caribbean Media Awards winners:

* Best Feature Article in a Consumer Newspaper – Mark Stevens
“New England Architecture Meets Caribbean Color” in Toronto Star

* Best Feature Article in a Consumer Magazine – Kailash Maharaj
“Paradise Found” in City Style & Living

* Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication – Gregory B. Gallagher
“A Diver’s Dream” in Ensemble Vacations

* Best Photograph in Conjunction with a Feature Article – Theresa Storm
“Where Mother Nature still reigns supreme” in Calgary Herald

* Best Online Article – Diane Slawych
“Get Close to Nature in St. Kitts” in Canoe.ca

* Best International Feature (Print or Broadcast) – Mark Stevens
“On Antigua Everyone Comes to Party” in Washington Post

* Best of Show – Kailash Maharaj
“Paradise Found” in City Style & Living

The panel of judges of the 2011 Caribbean Media Awards included Dr. Rita Cox, a renowned storyteller and multi-cultural educator; Lillian Allen, writer and Juno award winner, who teaches creative writing; Dr. Camille Hernández-Ramdwar, a sociology professor at Ryerson University who specializes in Caribbean studies; and Johnson JohnRose, communications specialist for the CTO.

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