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.
GENERAL INDUSTRY AWARDS
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
SPORTS, LEISURE & EVENTS
THE CLEMENT T. MAYNARD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE MINISTER’S AWARD
TRANSPORTATION: The Nominee has consistently provided exemplary service and/or helped to improve transportation through innovation 9Taxis, Airlines, Local Tour Operators, Jitneys, Water Taxis, Ferries and Surreys).
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT: The Nominee has contributed to the development of professionalism in the tourist industry. (Includes Teachers, Lecturers and Human Resource Managers).
SPORTS, LEISURE & EVENTS: The Nominee has helped to promote the growth of tourism in such areas as golf, tennis, regattas, fishing, water sports, triathlons and festivals.
CREATIVE ARTS: The Nominee has made a significant contribution to tourism in the area of painting, sculpture, pottery, writing, music, performing arts or photography.
HANDICRAFT: The Nominee has created quality Bahamian handicraft.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: (1) An individual, organization or group which has developed a tourist attraction or facility for the enjoyment of our visitors that promotes harmony with the environment. (2) An individual, organization or group that strengthens linkages between tourism and other sectors of the economy.
THE CLEMENT T. MAYNARD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A person (working or retired) who has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of tourism for twenty years or more.
THE MINISTER’S AWARD: A person (working or retired) who has exemplified Bahamian hospitality toward visitors.