June 06, 2016


Trinidad and Tobago shines at CTO Travel Media Awards

 Stories featuring our beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago grabbed top prizes at the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Travel Media Awards held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York on Thursday, June 2.

Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe was present in New York to receive the awards in the following categories:

Sharon Millar’s contribution celebrates the lure of Caribbean folklore, highlighting the local legend of the mermen of Tobago. A fascinatingly mythical account of Tobago’ s traditional stories, Millar resurrects the story of the mermen and reminds us all why everyone has a secret yearning for Tobago’s magic. Miller’s story mesmerizes on characters immortalized in the literature and drama of the Caribbean region but reassures her audience that Tobago is a “jewel island.”

Selected by the public in an online vote, Salt and Shimmer: Down the Islands by Rachelle Hay, copped the prize for Best Blog Posting. A historical snapshot of Trinidad and Tobago, Salt and Shimmer is “a life and style blog” that follows Hay’s personal journey of style and travel.

On the unique choice of the blog’s name, Hay explains “Salt’ is an ode to her Trinidad and Tobago roots, being a common quip for the sea, and also a nod to the Caribbean tendency to add that extra dash of flavour to food – and life. Shimmer’ is its counterpart – the glittery, girly excess and cheerful abundance that colour her approach to – well pretty much everything.”

Keith Chin, Chief Executive Officer at the Tourism Development commended the travel journalists for promoting Trinidad and Tobago as the ‘True Caribbean.’ Chin says: “Trinidad and Tobago is a cultural and historic paradise. Our two unique islands offer magnificent beaches, vivacious people and rainforests inhabited by some of the most beautiful, rare creatures on earth.”

The CTO recognises, during the Caribbean Week celebration in New York, travel journalists for their outstanding coverage. Awards were presented in ten (10) categories; including the Best of Show – the top entry among the winning submissions – for work produced in 2015. The top entry was an article on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) travel in the Caribbean by Joe Pike of Travel Agent magazine.