The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Cayman Tourism Stingray Awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on July 17. Recently dubbed the “Oscars of Tourism,” this initiative celebrates what makes the Cayman Islands tourism industry special – the people who work and champion Caymankind daily.

It is time to don that fancy outfit and come out to recognize the efforts of your friends and colleagues in Cayman’s vibrant world of hospitality. Always a night to remember, full of cheer, laughter and big smiles, the Stingray Awards event brings everyone from all corners of the industry together to show appreciation for nominees’ work.

Awards up for grabs include Manager of the Year and Employee of the Year in each of the following areas:

  • Accommodations
  • Restaurant
  • Watersports
  • Allied*

* Includes: Attractions, Transportation, Retail, Media, Arts, Entertainment

In addition, there will be the Rising Star and Diamond (previously Long Service) Excellence in Tourism awards which seek to highlight ‘up-and-comers’ and those who have been in the industry for 20+ years, respectively. The Association will also bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award on one special recipient for their outstanding contribution and for being a stellar example to others.

“With the high caliber of nominations this year, I would like to extend congratulations to all nominees for their dedication and contribution to our tourism product,” says Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, CITA executive director. “Each person is a winner in their own right and I wish everyone the best at gaining the prestigious glass rays on July 17.

“I encourage members of the Cayman Islands community to come out and support these talented individuals on awards night. With our past year of record-breaking visitor arrivals, it is very fitting to recognize those that ultimately drive the success of this industry.”

For more information, persons may visit www.cita.ky/stingrayawards, email info@cita.ky or phone the CITA executive offices at 949-8522. Tickets can be purchased online through partnership with CITA Member Business, EventPro, and are $95.40 for individual tickets and $875 for a table of ten. A ticket to this fabulous event includes welcome drinks at the cocktail reception which starts at 6 p.m. and a decadent three-course dinner with awards commencing at 7 p.m.