A past chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) board of directors is among four people to be recognized by the CTO allied membership for their contributions to Caribbean tourism.

The former CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Rosecita Jeffers, who served as chairman of the CTO board of directors from 2010 to 2012, will receive the Jerry Award at the annual Allied Awards Luncheon on Friday 5 June.

The Jerry Award is given each year to an outstanding contributor of resources to the Caribbean community.

“You have certainly excelled in this department over the years. Many thanks for your generous contribution of time and dedication toward the sustainable development of the Caribbean through tourism,” Jacqueline Johnson, the allied board member coordinating the Caribbean Week New York allied members programme, told Ms. Jeffers.

“This is recognition that my many years of service to the region’s number one industry have not gone unnoticed. I am a strong believer that it is only through our collective efforts and the wise use of our scarce natural and financial resources that we can create a more sustainable tourism industry that will help lift our people out of poverty and provide the means for creating a more prosperous and equitable society,” said Ms. Jeffers.

Marie Blanchard-Green, an administrator with experience in the aviation, transportation, tourism, conference centre and hotel industries, and who, for many years, has assisted the CTO New York office with the execution of Caribbean Week events, will receive the prestigious Allied Award.

“I am truly overwhelmed and grateful to the allied members of the Caribbean Tourism Organization for nominating me to be the recipient of 2015’s Allied Award, “ was her reaction.

The long-standing event planners, Barbara Raskin and Cliff Martell, will be presented with the Special Recognition Award for “your untiring efforts at elevating the image of the CTO through positive and complimentary words, wisdom and creativity”.

“I am beyond thrilled and at being given this prestigious honour and recognition from the Caribbean Tourism Organization,” said Martell. “ So many years ago, when I first started working with CTO, I met a wonderful group of people who trusted and gave me the creative license to interpret the beauty and the diversity of the Caribbean.  I will always be humbled and grateful for being given the opportunity to interpret the vibrancy, the sounds, the warmth, the genuineness and the personality that only the Caribbean offers.”

The Allied Awards Luncheon will be preceded by the Caribbean Marketing Conference, which has as its theme, Caribbean Tourism – Playing to Win.