CITA Magazine

Stingray Awards


The annual Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards, hosted by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA), aims to recognise excellence within the local hospitality sector. Exclusive to CITA members, this prestigous events commends individuals across the various sectors of Cayman's tourism industry: Allied, Attraction, Transportation, Accommodations, Restaurant and Watersports.


CITA accepts a number of nominations from member companies and appoints the Stingray Awards Nomination Committee who undertakes the difficult decision of appointing winners each year. Selected winners from each category will take home the coveted, glass-blown, Cobalt Blue Stingray Award.




The 2016 awards gala will be held on 21st June at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman beginning at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the presentations at 7:00pm.  The night promises to be entertaining and exciting! 


The popularity of this event also provides a fantastic sponsorship opportunity for those who support this important initiative.  We would like to recognise those who have already partnered with us by sponsoring this year's event: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Venue Sponsor); The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa (Programme Sponsor); The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (Reception Sponsor); and Celebrations Cayman, Health City Cayman IslandsDolphin Discovery, and The Wick Candles & Scents (General Sponsors).








This year's nominees are:


Accommodations Employee of the Year 

  • Maria Armas                       Sunshine Suites
  • Ludivene Finelli                   Sunshine Suites
  • Betise Bodden                     Sunset House 
  • Norman Henry                     The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Emilia Rodriguez                 The Wyndham Reef Resort
  • Aneita Williams                    The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman


Accommodations Manager of the Year

  • Fayola Cushnie                     The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa     
  • Jennifer Mills                         Southern Cross Club
  • Keisha Parcells-Robb            The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Charlie Thompson                 The Wyndham Reef Resort


Allied/Attractions/Transportation Employee of the Year

  • Roisin Dean                            La Mer Spa, The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Craig Anderson                       Atlantis Adventures
  • Delroy Irving                            Atlantis Adventures
  • Shurnee Cohen Dawkins        Atlantis Adventures
  • Jay Mehta                               Netclues
  • Lynne McGougan                   Budget Rent a Car Grand Cayman


Allied/Attraction/Transportation Manager of the Year

  • Oraine Lawrence                    Budget Rent a Car Grand Cayman
  • Nicholas Jackson                    Active Capital
  • Gonzalo Pacheco                   Dolphin Discovery


Restaurant Employee of the Year

  • Russel Enas                           The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
  • Edith Gilbert                            Island Taste Group
  • Arian Mesquia                         Sunshine Grill
  • Jolene Nelson                         The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Brittani Seymour                     The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort


Restaurant Manager of the Year

  • Jennifer Dodd                          The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Kayla Hopper                           Sunshine Grill
  • Steve Griffon                           The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Thinesh Madhavan                  The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa


Watersports Employee of the Year

  • Lee Buckingham                       Sunset Divers
  • Tony Chisholm                          Seasports
  • Devon D’Andrea                        Red Sail Sports
  • Sarah Faulkner                          Tortuga Divers (Red Sail Sports)
  • Lois Hatcher                              Ocean Frontiers
  • Chris Torrie                                Red Sail Sports
  • Elaine Shalvey                           Cayman Islands Boat Rentals


Watersports Manager of the Year

  • Daniel Bond                               Red Sail Sports
  • Carina Ecclefield                        Seasports
  • Vinod Bondi                               Go Pro Diving
  • Kevin Mounsor                           Ocean Frontiers


Rising Star Tourism Award

  • Julissa Avila                               The Wyndham Reef Resort
  • Kimberley A. Conolly                  The Wick Candles and Scents
  • Eryka Ebanks                             Ocean Frontiers
  • Federico ‘Freddy’ Ebanks           Red Sail Sports
  • Christian Esser                            Wine School 3
  • Breanne Garner                          The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
  • Thinesh Madhavan                     The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
  • Jah Mehta                                    Netclues
  • Monefere Montague                    The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Elaine Shalvey                             CI Boat Rentals
  • Andrea Vieites                             The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman


Long Service Award

  • Sydney Ayres                               Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Daisy Ann “Annie” Bush               The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile BeachResort and Spa
  • Penny Cumber                             Cayman Villas
  • Edith Gilbert                                  Island Taste Group
  • Patrick Kenney                              Red Sail Sports
  • Jeoffery Parsons                           Atlantis Submarines
  • Jeanette Pascual                          The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
  • Angela Scott                                  Cayman Turtle Farm and Wildlife Encounter
  • Ericlyn Rivers                                The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
  • Juanita Welds                                The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
  • Archie Whittaker                            The Wyndham Reef Resort
  • Clara Bush Young                          The Caymanian Land and Sea Cooperative Society Ltd.


Individual tickets are now on sale at a cost of CI$90.00 (US$112.50) while tables of ten seats can be purchased for CI$850 (US$1062.50). Please contact our office at or 345-949-8522, if you would like to learn more about how you can partner with us for this auspicious event, or to reserve tickets.


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