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Traveler's Journal host wins Top Honors from Caribbean Tourim Organization




Special - New York Things To Do 


NEW YORK, June 12, 2009 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) paid tribute to members of the U.S. and Caribbean media communities during a special Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 11 at the New Yorker Hotel as part of Caribbean Week in New York 2009 (  David Bear, former travel editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was honored with the afternoon’s grand prize of “Best in Show” for his newspaper article entitled “Casual Anguilla Harbors Miles of Superb Beaches.”  Bear also took home the prize for “Best Feature Article in a Consumer Newspaper” for the same.

         “The CTO Awards are a vitally important part of Caribbean Week in New York, serving as our annual recognition for the national media in both the United States and the Caribbean who have been positively advocating tourism to the Caribbean for so many years,” said Hugh Riley, interim secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).  “Each year, we receive hundreds of superior submissions in every media category and it’s always a difficult decision to choose just one winner from each.  This year was no exception.”

         Tourism officials, Caribbean tourism suppliers and the media were in attendance at the Caribbean Media Awards Luncheon, where they recognized some of the leading journalists in the United States and Caribbean.  Winners included:

  • David Swanson, “Our Top 25 All Stars” in Caribbean Travel & Life – Best Feature Article in a Consumer Magazine (USA)
  • Cheray O’Neal, “Home Away from Home” in Black Meetings & Tourism – Best Feature Article in a Trade Magazine (USA)
  • James Schnepf, “The Golden Age of Nevis” in Caribbean Travel & Life – Best Photography (USA)
  • Dana Popoff, “Feasting on Waves: Island Thyme” on Food Network – Best Broadcast Feature (USA)
  • Michael Robinson, “Cockpit Country” in Sky Writings - Best Feature Article (Caribbean)

         More than 100 submissions were received across six categories in print and broadcast media, in addition to the “Best in Show” winner which was chosen out of the six finalists. 


 Organized by CTO, Caribbean Week in New York brings together the most influential policy makers, marketing professionals and tourism industry officials to interact and discuss both tourism and investment opportunities in the region.  It also serves to provide a taste of the Caribbean, to present vacation special offers, inspire travel and showcase the Region’s diversity to more than 10,000 attendees who participated in a number of targeted events hosted throughout the week including a Caribbean Travel & Cultural Fair, Media Marketplace, Caribbean Marketing Conference, Caribbean Treats: Food, Rum & Rhythm, Allied Members Awards Luncheon and Diaspora Workshop.



Sponsors of this year’s Caribbean Week in New York include Jamaica, Brides, The New York Times, Modern Bride, Empire State Building and Travelocity.


About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 governments and a myriad of private sector entities.


The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people.

The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development.  The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.


The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail:; CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail:; CTO Canada is located at 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2601, Toronto, Ont. M4W 3E2, Canada. Tel: (416) 935 0767; Fax: (416) 935-0939; E-mail: CTO Headquarters is located at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St, Michael, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [Back to Press Releases Main]