CITA Magazine
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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 Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) hosted the prestigious 13th Annual Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on June 21, 2016.  The packed house was a reflection of how important this industry is to the Cayman Islands.


The popularity of this event provided a fantastic sponsorship opportunity for those who support this important initiative.  We would like to recognise the 2016 sponsors: 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).








The 2016 winners were:


Accommodations Employee of the Year 

  • Betise Bodden                     Sunset House 


Accommodations Manager of the Year

  • Charlie Thompson                 The Wyndham Reef Resort


Allied/Attractions/Transportation Employee of the Year

  • Jay Mehta                               Netclues


Allied/Attraction/Transportation Manager of the Year

  • Oraine Lawrence                    Budget Rent a Car Grand Cayman


Restaurant Employee of the Year

  • Jolene Nelson                         The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman


Restaurant Manager of the Year

  • Jennifer Dodd                          The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman


Watersports Employee of the Year

  • Lois Hatcher                              Ocean Frontiers


Watersports Manager of the Year

  • Daniel Bond                               Red Sail Sports


Rising Star Awardee

  • Kimberley A. Conolly                  The Wick Candles and Scents


Long Service Awardee

  • Patrick Kenney                              Red Sail Sports


Congratulations again to all winners!


Please contact our office at or 345-949-8522, if you would like to learn more about how you can partner with us for the 2017 event.



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