There are 110 nominees for the 18 categories for the 17th Cacique Awards and according to the Blue Ribbon Panel selection committee; this represents more nominees than ever before.
The purpose of the Cacique Awards is to recognize the roles played by those individuals and organizations whose performance or products have consistently made a positive impact on the quality and the growth of tourism in The Bahamas.
Two new categories have been added this year - the Blue Ribbon Panel Award and the Wilfred “Willie” Love Knowles Tourism awards.
During a press conference held at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday, February 16, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Chairman of the Cacique Awards Charles Albury said the Cacique Awards go beyond the sun, sand and sea of The Bahamas.
“The reason why the Ministry of Tourism created the Cacique Awards was to hold up exemplary service and celebrate it,” he said.
“This is what sets our destination a part of from the rest.”
Blue Ribbon Panel Chairwoman Angela Cleare said the guiding principles of selecting the winners are transparency and objectivity.
“As we continue to emphasize, any country can boast the most magnificent hotel properties, world-class visitor attractions and exclusive restaurants but it will count for nothing without the human element – the outstanding service quality which exceeds guest expectations. Guests are looking for value,” she said.
“The overall goal of our industry is to distinguish The Bahamas as a tourist destination that is synonymous with excellence in service and the Cacique Awards are designed to recognize, celebrate and award excellence.”
The 17th Cacique Awards Finalists are:
Harry Strachan- Nassau
Duke Davis-Harbour Island
Cecil Rose Sports and Leisure
Chris Brown – Nassau
Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba –Bimini
Lincoln Jones- Abaco
Island Roots Heritage Festival –Abaco
Abaco Love Rush Junkanoo Parade-Abaco
Local Airlines and Tour Operators
Juan Moss for Leisure Travel and Tours- Nassau
Tennielle Bullard for Southern Air Charter-Nassau
Human Resources Development
Evelyn Pinder-Dames-Grand Bahama
Della Bridgewater-Grand Bahama
Shaun Ingraham –Eleuthera
Friends of the Environment- Abaco
Keith Cooper- Grand Bahama
Junkanoo Commandos- Nassau
Kevin Tomlinson-Grand Bahama
Strawtacular Designs by Rove (Roganna Wilchcombe and Vernetta Frifth-Grand Bahama
Androsia Batik –Andros
The Minister’s Award
Wilfred Solomon-Grand Bahama
Antoinette Brown-Rolle – Bimini
Ethlyn C. Major – Grand Bahama
The Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award
Blue Ribbon Panel Cacique Award
Phil Stubbs –Grand Bahama
Willie Love Hospitality Award
Wilfred Knowles-Grand Bahama
The People’s Choice Award is the award given to secular and gospel categories after the public votes. The deadline for nominations is March 3.
People’s Choice Nominees Are:
Muggle – Bahamian Trae
TKO- M Deez
In Da Air – DMAC
Digg Up - Fanshawn
Don't wait until the battle is over-Shaback
I've Won-Washington Williams
God Is The Boss-Rocky & Uncle Sam
I'm Still Here -Lyrically Blessed
I'm a Warrior- Apostle Edison& Prophetess Nattie Nottage
International Categories will be revealed during the Cacique Awards. They include Tour Operator/ Travel Agent of the Year; Travel Writer of the Year; Cruise Line of the Year and Airline of the Year.
Tickets for the 17th Cacique Awards will go on sale on Monday. Tickets are $50 and will be available for purchase at the Ministry of Tourism.
The awards will be held on April 8th at the Baha Mar Convention Center on Cable Beach.
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