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Celebrating the Magic of Tourism at the Stingray Awards

25 July 2019
Celebrating the Magic of Tourism at the Stingray Awards

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) hosted the prestigious 16th Annual Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on July 23rd, 2019.The evening began with a welcome reception sponsored by The Westin. Guests mingled with their signature welcome drink “The Stingray”, concocted by Cayman Spirit Co and the Ritz-Carlton mixologist team. At 7PM, the crowd was welcomed and treated to a beautiful presentation of the National Song performed acapella by Jamesette Anglin followed by a blessing of the meal by Felix Manzanares of Journey Ministries. The co-hosts for the night were the charismatic Gaetan Babin, Past Board Member of CITA, as well as the lovely Tammi Sulliman of Cayman 27. For the first time in history, the event was broadcast LIVE on Cayman 27 which shared “The Magic of Tourism” with the viewing audience.

The Welcome Address for the evening was made by CITA President Theresa Broderick and kicked off the theme of the night as she recognized the work that goes into creating magical guests’ experiences in the Cayman Islands. She noted, not only is it the Magic of Tourism, but the Magic of the Cayman Islands and our people’s personal interactions that truly impacts our visitors and have them returning to our shores.

That fitting welcome was followed by a keynote address by Councillor of Tourism, David Wight. Councillor Wight gave a heartfelt speech recognizing the Lifetime Achiever as a well deserving recipient of this year’s award and had the crowd laughing at his humorous stories of growing up in Cayman in the Honoree’s presence during the younger years of Cayman’s tourism.

With a record-breaking number of nominations, the ceremony was fast paced while giving each nominee a time to shine and a well-deserved round of applause. The winners of each category were then announced and presented their Stingray Awards on stage, basking in their achievements while being cheered on by their peers, colleagues and officials in the audience. Finally, the Acting Governor, CITA Current and Past President, Theresa Broderick and Ken Hydes and Councillor Wight presented Mr. Attlee Bodden with the Lifetime Achievement Award, after a brief video was shown presenting Mr. Bodden’s story as well as his reaction to receiving this special accolade.

With so many talented nominees bringing something uniquely impressive to the table, the Nominations Committee had a difficult task determining the 2019 winners in each category. It was those nominees with pages of information about their work in the community and overall dedication to the tourism industry that stood out among the rest. Below are the outstanding winners who were selected after much serious consideration amongst the amazing quality of nominees. We take this opportunity to again thank all who took the time and effort to submit nominations and honor their colleagues.

The winners of the 2019 Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards are:

Accommodations:

Manager – Cashema Rankine – Beach Suites
Employee – Cinthia Rochez – Marriott

Allied

Manager – Tim Adam – Cayman Turtle Centre
Employee – Rebecca Bush – Cayman Turtle Centre

Restaurant

Manager – Wesley Hepburn – The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Employee – Laurent Bodden – The Wharf

Watersports

Manager – Tony Land– DiveTech
Employee – Barbara MacDowell – Little Cayman Beach Resort

Diamond Award – Gay Morse – Pirates Point Resort

Rising StarAlecia Davis – Luxury Cayman Villas

Lifetime Achievement Award: Attlee Bodden

Quotes from winners and nominee business:

SANAM YAZDANI, SENIOR GUEST SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE: "We are so thrilled to have Alecia's hard work and dedication to the tourism industry recognized by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. Each day, Alecia builds excitement and anticipation for guests of Luxury Cayman Villas, making them fall in love with all of Grand Cayman—from Bodden Town to Rum Point to East End—before guests have even reached the island. Alecia displays a genuine commitment to creating magical moments for families visiting Cayman and exemplifies the best in Cayman's hospitality industry. We are so lucky to have her."

ALECIA DAVIS, RESERVATIONS AGENT & CONCIERGE: "I was incredibly ecstatic and grateful to be recognized at the Stingray Awards this year. After overcoming the shock of hearing my name announced as the winner, I was so humbled to be invited to the stage in front of all my mentors from UCCI's Hospitality Studies Programme and the leaders of tourism in Cayman. I feel so fortunate to be a member of the Luxury Cayman Villas team and the hospitality profession here on island."

Luciano De Riso, Grand Old House and The Wharf
“ Laurent has been a great pride for us, an example for all the young Caymanian that want to get involved in tourism, hardworking, humble, willing and concerned about learning as a vehicle to success, he’s held a full time position with us at Grand old
House and Wharf all while studying as well. “

Dunja Yeap, Grand Old House and The Wharf
“We truly believe customer service is not a department, it should be everyone’s goal! Laurent completely took it inherent which made him the perfect nominee and a great example for all of us. Ultimately to aim to give one the best experience and share moments of truth and joy cannot be learned, it comes from the heart.”

Laurent Bodden, The Wharf
“I love Stingrays and I love my Island. So, to be acknowledged in my field for doing what I love is as amazing as it comes! I still have goose bumps to when they called my name! I look forward to seeing more of my countrymen and women getting noticed and awarded for their part in our industry!"

Gay Morse from Pirates Point Resort in Little Cayman also expressed her gratitude for winning the Diamond Award category for her Long Service to the Cayman Islands tourism industry. After decades of working in Little Cayman and dedicating her life to this industry, she was very honoured to be recognized in this way. She expressed her heartfelt sentiments about how much this means to her and was so happy to hear her peers say on the night of the event “You deserve this!”

Another congratulations to the 2019 Stingray Award Nominees and CITA Member
Businesses:
Accommodations:
Manager

  • Angela Rivers Wyndham Reef Resort
  • Cashema Rankine Beach Suites
  • Charles Njuguna Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Julie Rudeen Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Kylie Rae Fitzgibbons Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Magali Fabre Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Megan Chandler Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Melina Marcellini Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Natasha Pereira The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort
  • Paola Juarez-Robinson Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Rita Agustin Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Shamus Smith Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Employee

  • Bianca Tica Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Boyd Rosales Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Calvin Taylor Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Cinthia Rochez Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Doris Dixon Wyndham Reef Resort
  • Ingrid Daye Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Karla Galan Beach Suites
  • Logan Graydon Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Ludivene Finelli Sunshine Suites Resort
  • Madalyn Tavares Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Mykal Green Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Paul Robinson The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
  • Reysiel Tumali The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
  • Volney Reece Beach Suites
  • Shandie Tatum Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Allied & Transportation:
Manager

  • Donovan Taylor Blackbeard’s Trading Company Ltd.
  • Eric Schwandt West Indies Wine Company
  • Kathryn Willman Pink Duck Publishing
  • Rachel Belton Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Shalico Christian Wineschool3
  • Starling Kelly North Sound Golf Club
  • Tim Adam The Cayman Turtle Centre

Employee

  • Jany Calderon Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Megha Mehta Netclues
  • Mesha Goes Budget and Apex Rent A Car
  • Rahul Baxani Rocky’s Diamond Gallery
  • Rebecca Bush The Cayman Turtle Centre

Restaurant:

Manager

  • Amba Lamb Ritz-Carlton,Grand Cayman
  • Baranidharan Thirunavukkarasu The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
  • Daniel Herrmann Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Fernando Villaizan Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Juan Lesmes Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Stanlia Campbell Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
  • Wesley Hepburn Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

Employee

  • Adrian Thomas Beach Suites
  • Arian Mezquia Sunshine Suites Resort
  • Arpad Stankovics Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Cheryl Ann Bramwell Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
  • Fiorella Urbina Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
  • Guadalupe Range Beach Suites
  • Julio Manzano Sunshine Suites Resort
  • Laurel Scarlett-France Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
  • Laurent Bodden The Wharf
  • Mirna Scott Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Percival Carlos Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Ricardo Hamilton Grand Cayman Beach Suites
  • Roy Ebanks Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
  • Sher Singh Bacaro
  • Tania Bisset Robert Sunshine Suites Resort

Watersports:
Manager

  • Istvan Ebanks Red Sails Sports
  • Michael Pinnington Sunset House / Divers
  • Tony Land DiveTech

Employee

  • Barbara MacDowell  Reef Divers, Cayman Brac
  • Carl-Lyle Young Red Sail Sports
  • Charlotte (Charlie) Reaney Red Sails Sports
  • Courtney Magnuson Red Sails Sports
  • Nicol (Nicci) Paul Red Sail Sports
  • Paul Thompson Red Sail Sports
  • Ragime Powery DiveTech
  • Robert Hopwood Sunset House

Long Service:

  • Daisy Ann Bush The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort
  • Florence Carridice Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Gay Morse Pirates Point Resort
  • Stephen Surrey Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • James (Hal) Miller Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
  • Jorge (JP) Perez Red Sail Sports
  • Stacy Hurlston Pedro St. James Castle
  • Zulema Brown Grand Cayman Beach Suites

Rising Star:

  • Alecia Davis Luxury Cayman Villas
  • Jake Brodsky Tillies at The Beach Suites
  • Jatoya Ebanks Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
  • Jess Smith DiveTech
  • Kelly Phillips The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  • Liam Davies Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
  • Sabrina Douglas Red Sail Sports
  • Shona McGill The Cayman Turtle Centre
  • Victoria Bise The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

CITA wishes to thankg MC’s, Gaetan Babin and Tammi Sulliman for hosting the celebratory evening.
CITA appreciates all sponsors: The Ministry and Department of Tourism for the Title, Award Sponsorship. The Westin Grand Cayman Beach Resort for the Welcome Reception Sponsorship; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for their Venue Sponsorship; Hurley’s Media for their Media Sponsorship and Explore as the Creative Sponsor. We wish to thank Tillie’s and Caymera International for the wonderful table gifts. Special thanks to EventPro, and Picture This for their continued support, and Celebrations Ltd. for the gorgeous table centerpieces bringing together the magical feel and ambience. Special thanks are also given to The Marriott, Sunshine Suites, Island Art Framing and the Cayman Spirit Co. The CITA acknowledges the superb service of the events team and AV individuals at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, outlining that their hard work and efforts made for an unforgettable night.

ABOUT CITA: The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) was formed in March 2001, through an amalgamation of the Cayman Tourism Alliance and the Cayman Islands Hotel and Condominium Association. The CITA represents tourism businesses from all sectors, including hotels, condominiums and villas, watersports operators, restaurants, attractions, airlines, tourism transport providers, cruise sector businesses and allied tourism service providers. The CITA represents close to 250 tourism businesses and is active in the areas of industry and government relations, marketing and events, industry development and education.