The 2019 Caribbean Travel Media Awards Finalists Announced


Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)

Release Date

Monday, October 21, 2019


London, UK: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is delighted to announce the final shortlist in each of the eight categories in the 2019 Caribbean Travel Media Awards. More than 130 entries across eight categories were reviewed by an expert panel of judges, representing the media and travel industry, via a strict criteria and points system. 

Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for UK and Europe, said, “Over the past few weeks our expert panel of judges have deliberated and debated to decide the finalists for this year’s awards and we congratulate all the nominees who made it on the shortlist. The high calibre of entries received truly underlines the passion that media continue to have for the Caribbean and I am sure this made it a tough job for the judges. We acknowledge our Judges for their time and commitment and look forward to welcoming them and the finalists to the Awards.” 

The full list of finalists in each category, in no particular order, is: 

Best travel trade feature 
Sponsor: Discover Dominica Authority 
Kathryn Liston, Selling Travel 
Andrew Doherty, TTG 
Martin Steady, Selling Travel 

Best national newspaper feature 
Sponsor: St. Kitts Tourism Authority 
Fiona Hyde, Irish Times 
Juliet Rix, Telegraph 
Ian Belcher, The Times 

Best regional newspaper feature 
Sponsor: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority 
Priya Joshi, Press Association 
Hannah Stephenson, Press Association 
Jane Harris, Waterfront Magazine 

Best consumer feature 
Sponsor: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism 
Nick Redman, Sunday Times Travel Magazine 
Caroline Robertson-Brown, Dive Travel Adventures 
Ronan O’Shea, Escapism Magazine 

Best broadcast, TV and radio feature 
Sponsor: Bahamas Tourist Office 
Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen in Dominica, ITV 
Greg McKenzie, BBC Travel Show 
Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen in Antigua, ITV 

Best online feature or blog post 
Sponsor: Tobago Tourism Agency 
Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels + Ella Alexander, Harpers Bazaar 
Macca Sherifi-An Adventurous World 
Ursula Barzey, Caribbean & Co + Laura French, Lonely Planet 

Best Social Media Campaign 
Sponsor: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism 
Celebrating Creole Day - Ursula Barzey, Caribbean & Co. 
Traverse Antigua Conference 2019 
Charlie and Jess Wild - Kuoni and The Travel Project 

Best Caribbean Round Up 
Sponsor: Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. 
Jo Cooke, Travel Weekly 
Audrey Gillan and Nicola Trup, National Geographic Traveller 
Lucy Thackray, Mandarin Oriental Magazine. 

Amongst the panel of judges for the 2019 Caribbean Travel Media Awards were: 
Johnson Johnrose, Communications Specialist, Caribbean Tourism Organization; 
Helen Tabois, Senior Product & Marketing Manager, Caribbean & Cruise, ITC Travel 
Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK) 
Greg Armstrong, Product Management Director, Blue Bay Travel; 
Gary Davis, GD Travel & Travel Tips 
Donna Joseph, Sales Director, SN Travel 
Laverne Walker, Director, Sackville Travel Services Ltd 
Daniel Pearce, CEO, TTG Media 
Eulanda & Omo, founders & creative curators of HDYTI 
Paul Scudamore, Contributing Editor, Travel Bulletin 
Rachel O’Reilly, Head of Communications, Kuoni 
Denise Greene, Sunrise Marketing 
Graham McKenzie, Travelmole

Click here to read more about each of our 14 judges on the panel.  
The Caribbean Travel Media Awards continue to celebrate and reward the very best representation of the Caribbean by the media industry in the areas of story-telling in print and online, social media and broadcast. The overall winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Monday 4 November to be held at the Crowne Plaza London Docklands at Royal Victoria Dock. 

Individual sponsors support each category with this year’s headline sponsor confirmed as Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

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