NASSAU (January 28, 2013) -- Winners of the 15th Cacique Awards came from across the length of the islands of The Bahamas when they revealed at a black-tie affair Sunday at Rainforest Theater.
In publicly nominated categories such as Sustain Tourism Development, Bimini Field Station, also known as the Shark Lab, won the award. Tristan Gouttridge, director of the Field Station, urged Bahamians to protect the environment and wildlife that make The Bahamas special.
Antonius Roberts, Sculptor, Chairman
E. John Deleveaux, former Sr. Executive of Ministry of Tourism
Netica Symonette, Hotelier of the year 1987
Patrick Rahming, Architect and Cultural Guru
Permanent Secretary, MOT, Chairman of the Cacique Awards
Erika Gates, Tour Operator, Grand Bahama Nature Tours
Nomination forms for the onshore awards are available On-line and throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to ensure that Cacique Awards are as representative as possible of the wishes of the entire population. This and all other aspects of the organization of the awards ceremony are under the direction of the Working Committee. Read more: Procedures:
Over the years names of and numbers of categories have been revised. Presently, there are 19 Cacique Awards categories, 15 of which are on-shore awards to be given to local industry leaders. Eight of the awards in this category are open to nominations by the general public. Six are the Bahamas Hotel Association Awards, and the remaining one is a popularity award selected by votes from the general public. The final four Caciques are given to outstanding tourism partners abroad. These are nominated by the Promotion Boards and the Ministry of Tourism and its offshore agencies.
Any member of the public may cast a nomination for the general awards, the Minster of Tourism’s Hospitality Award or the Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award. They may nominate as many persons as they wish. The same person may also be nominated for more than one award if he/she is making a contribution in more than one area.