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CTO Announces Finalists For Travel Media Awards Competition For Canada

TORONTO, Canada (7 Nov, 2017) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced the finalists for its annual travel media awards competition for the Canadian market. Journalists in and around Toronto will be recognized during the Saint Lucia sponsored Caribbean Tourism Industry & Media Awards Luncheon on Monday, 13 November, 2017, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, Downtown Toronto, while those in and around Montreal will be awarded at a similar event from 12:30 – 2:p.m. on Friday 17 November at the InterContinental Hotel.

The awards luncheon honours industry leaders and top Caribbean stories when accolades are presented in the major media and Caribbean tourism market in show of appreciation for their contribution to the development of the tourism product.

Following are the Caribbean Media Awards finalists for each category:

“Been There, Wrote That” Award 

Best Feature Article in a Canada-based Consumer Magazine

Journalist: Robert Osbourne
Article: From Cayman with Love
Publication: Dive Traveller

Journalist: Josephine Matyas
Article: Fantasy Islands
Publication: Doctor’s Review

Journalist: Jacob Richler
Article: Cayman Cookout- Where America’s Celebrity Chefs Go to Play
Publication: Canada’s 100 Best

I Couldn’t Have Written It Better Myself

Best Feature Article in a Canada-based Consumer Newspaper

Journalist: Michele Petersen
Article: Spotlight on Nevis: The Broadway Musical “Hamilton” Shines Attention on this Luxe Caribbean Hideaway
Publication: The Montrealer

Journalist: Errol Nazareth
Article: Anguilla Not a Typical Touristy Caribbean Island – And, It Doesn’t Want To Be
Publication: Toronto Sun

Journalist: Josephine Matyas
Article: Activities, Seclusion Abound in Dominica
Publication: Toronto Star

Inner Circle King/Queen

Best Feature Article in a Canada-based Trade Publication

Journalist: IIona Kauremszky
Article: From the Bahamas with Love
Publication: Travel Industry Today

Journalist: Ann Ruppenstein
Article: You’ll Never Be Blue in Colorful CURAÇAO
Publication: Travel Courier

Not Lost in Translation

Best Feature by a Canada-based Journalist in Foreign Media

Journalist: Mark Stevens
Article: Seven Great Reasons to Visit Antigua & Barbuda
Publication: Caribbean Business and Travel

Journalist: Melanie Reffes
Article: Secrets in Paradise: The Best Caribbean Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of
Publication: USA Today

Journalist: Michele Peterson
Article: The Best Places to Eat on the Caribbean Island of Nevis
Publication: A Taste for Travel

Oh Snap!

Best Photograph in Conjunction with a Feature Article

Photographer: Sarah Staples
Article: Havana: Then, Now & Its American Future
Publication: Just Luxe

Photographer: Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Article: Islands at the Edge
Publication: All at Sea

Photographer: Robert Osbourne
Article: From Cayman with Love
Publication: Dive Traveller

Virtual Visitor Award  

Best Online feature

Writer: Jason Ruta
Article: Five Fabulous things about Curacao
Publication: Out TV

Writer: Doreen Pengracs
Article: Visiting the Grenada Chocolate Festival
Publication: Chocolator.net

Writer: Josephine Matyas
Article: Dominica Lets Visits Stay Active or Chill Out
Publication: thestar.com

In addition, an award will be presented for the best blog posting in 2016, the winner having been decided by public vote.

The Caribbean Week in Canada media awards are judged by a team of public relations and journalism experts.

Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Week Canada 2017 will combine business sessions and consumer-oriented events with Caribbean-inspired food, lively entertainment and networking opportunities. The week will kick-off in Toronto on 10 November, 2017 with CTO’s Caribbean Ball, which is being held in support of CTO’s charities. All proceeds will be donated to the CTO Relief Fund, which assists CTO member countries in the wake of disasters, as well as the CTO Foundation, which provides tourism scholarships.

The Caribbean Week Canada 2017 agenda includes:

Toronto, Canada

  • Caribbean Ball: Friday, 10 November, 2017, 6 – midnight., Mandarin Ballroom, Doubletree Hilton, Downtown Toronto
  • Cooking Demonstrations/Themed Areas (Consumer Event): Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November, 2017, 11 – 6 p.m., Improve Canada
  •  CTO Press Conference: Monday, 13 November, 2017, 9 – 10 a.m., Mandarin B, Doubletree Hilton, Downtown Toronto
  • Media Marketplace: Monday, 13 November, 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 p.m., Victoria Ballroom, Doubletree Hilton, Downtown Toronto
  •  Caribbean Tourism Industry & Media Awards Luncheon: Monday, 13 November, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m., Mandarin A, Doubletree Hilton, Downtown Toronto
  •  Trade Show and Educational Forum for Travel Agents: Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 8 – noon., Improve Canada
  • Tourism Industry Panel Discussion: Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Improve Canada

 Montreal, Canada

  •  Trade Show and Educational Forum for Travel Agents: Thursday 16 November, 2017, 5:30 – 9 p.m.  InterContinental Hotel
  •  Media Marketplace: Friday, 17 November, 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 p.m., InterContinental Hotel
  • Media Awards Luncheon with National Tourist Offices: Friday 17 November, 2017, 12:30 – 2 p.m., InterContinental Hotel

 For more information on any of the Caribbean Week Canada events contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization at 905-857-1986 or visit canada.caribbeanweek.com.


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