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NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2017) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced the finalists in its annual Caribbean Media Awards competition and will recognize journalists at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Wyndham New Yorker.

The awards luncheon, sponsored by Jamaica, honors 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. Local NBC news personality Dave Price will return as host of the Luncheon.

Following are the Caribbean Media Awards finalists for each category:


Best Feature by a Diaspora Journalist in US or Caribbean Media

Author Name:           Melissa Noel, NBC News

Article Title:               Guyana Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Independence

Author Name:           Dave Rodney, The Gleaner

Article Title:               Around Jamaica



Best Feature Article in a Consumer Newspaper – USA

Author Name:           Melanie Reffes, USA Today

Article Title:               Good Mood Island Food: What You Should Try in Antigua 

Author Name:           Moira McCarty, The Boston Herald

Article Title:               Martinique Getaway Made Easier By Direct Flights



Best Feature Article in a US-based Consumer Magazine

Author Name:           Anne Kazel-Wilcox, Simply the Best

Article Title:               Caribbean Unspoiled on St. Kitts

Author Name:           Delano Lavigne, Outpost Travel Guise

Article Title:               DOMINICA Oh, Waitukubuli 

Author Name:           Alexis Korman, Go Escape

Article Title:               Colorful Curacao



Best Feature by a Caribbean Journalist

Author Name:           Tosheena Robinson-Blair

Article Title:               The Life and Times of a Master Hotelier (About: SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas) 

Author Name:           Catherine Morris

Article Title:               South Shore Becomes a Tourist Destination (About: Bahamian non-profit organization)

Author Name:           Janet Silvera

Article Title:               The Spirit of Appleton (About: Jamaica Rum Tour)



Best Photograph in Conjunction with a Feature Article – USA

Photographer Name:            Michaela Urban

Article Title:                           Island-Hopping in St. Vincent, Grenadines Offers Taste of Beauty, Adventure 

Author/Photographer:          Melanie Reffes, Delaware Online

Article Title:                           Beautiful Barbuda: Why You Should Book a Trip 

Author/Photographer:          Patricia Wuest/Reinhard Dirscherl/Alamy, Sport Diver

Article Title:                           Treasure Island: Scuba Diving in Dominica



Best Feature by a US Journalist that appeared in Foreign Media

Author Name:           Melissa Noel, Caribbean Beat

Article Title:               Ambassador of Spices (About: Grenada chef)

Author Name:           Julie Masis, Times of Israel

Article Title:               In Jamaica, a Once-In-A-Lifetime Reunion for Jews Who Weathered WWII in an Island Camp



Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication – USA

Author Name:           Gay Myers, Travel Weekly

Article Title:               Adaptation in Montserrat 

Author Name:           Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly

Article Title:               A Golden Eye: The Vision of Chris Blackwell (About: Expanding Jamaica)

Author Name:           Ed Wetschler, Recommend

Article Title:               Trending Now in the Caribbean



Best Feature Broadcast – USA

Author Name:           Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick, World Footprints Media

Broadcast Name:       Exploring Dominica, the Nature Island 

Author Name:           Tonya Fitzpatrick, World Footprints Media

Broadcast Name:       Magical Martinique: The Island of Flowers



Best Feature by a foreign Journalist that appeared in US Media

Author Name:           Margo Pfeiff, San Francisco Chronicle

Article Title:               Compact, Diverse Belize an Easy Gateway into Central America

Author Name:           Eric Vohr, Dallas News

Article Title:               Discover the Magical Rainforests of this Caribbean Island 

Author Name:           Eric Vohr, Chicago Tribune

Article Title:               Island-Hopping in St. Vincent, Grenadines Offers Taste of Beauty, Adventure



Best Online Feature – USA

Author Name:           Eric Felten, NationalGeographic.com

Article Title:               Hear the Song of Trinidad

Author Name:           Melissa Noel and Mikael Simmonds, NBCNews.com

Article Title:               Africa in the Americas: Tour Group Explores Cuba’s African Roots

Author Name:           Laura Siciliano-Rosen, BudgetTravel.com

Article Title:               Eat Like a Local in the Bahamas


CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley will present the awards to a packed audience of Tourism Ministers and other dignitaries from the Caribbean, industry executives and other well regarded journalists. The luncheon is included in the registration cost for the Caribbean Tourism Marketing Conference, but may also be attended independently ($150 per person). To reserve your seat at the luncheon, click HERE.

The Caribbean Week New York Media Awards are judged by a team of public relations and journalism experts.


Caribbean Week (www.CaribbeanWeek.com) New York (#CWNY17) will come alive in the Big Apple when tourism officials, industry executives, media, Caribbean Diaspora, travel agents, consumers and students come together to participate in a calendar of activities that showcase the best of Caribbean tourism. Taking place June 4-10, 2017 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean, the week combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with Caribbean-inspired food, lively entertainment and networking opportunities.

Caribbean Week New York is supported by: Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain Saint Lucia, Arrivalist, The Atrebor Group, Islands of The Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Castles in Paradise Villa Resort – Saint Lucia, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Delta Air Lines, Dominica, FlightCentre, Grenada, Grace Foods, Guyana, Jamaica, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Martinique, Montserrat, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, Nevis, Pleasant Holidays, Questex, Saint Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Spice Island Beach Resort, Sugar Beach-A Viceroy Resort, TripAdvisor, Island of Tobago, Tower Isle Patties, Travel Impressions, Travel + Leisure, Trinidad, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

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