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 Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) will host the prestigious 14th Annual Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa on June 20, 2017.  The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:00pm.


Tickets are now on sale at the CITA Executive Office for CI$90 per individual ticket and CI$850 for a table of 10.  Please contact our office on 949-8522 or at to reserve your tickets to what promises to be an awesome event. 


The popularity of the Stingray Tourism Awards provides a fantastic sponsorship opportunity for those who support this important initiative. Please contact us if you are interested in aligning your brand with this event by becoming a sponsor. 


We would like to recognise our 2017 sponsors:

The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa (Venue Sponsor); The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (Welcome Reception Sponsor); The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter (Table Gift Sponsor); Engel & Volkers (Table Gift Sponsor); Picture This Studios (Photography Sponsor); Generali Worldwide Ltd. (Photo Booth Sponsor); The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; and Celebrations Cayman (General Sponsors); and Cayman Spirits Company (Rum Sponsor).









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


One final congratulations again to all 2016 winners, and we look forward to seeing who will win the coveted glassblown stingrays this year!



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