Caribbean Tourism Organization Travel Media Awards 2017

CTO Announces the Winners of the 2017 Caribbean Travel Media Awards

Caribbean Tourism Organization Travel Media Awards 2017

London, UK 14 November, 2017: The length and breadth of the Caribbean was recognised in print, online, in broadcast and social media on Monday 6 November, when the big winners of the 2017 CTO Travel Media Awards were announced at an exclusive networking evening at the Fox @Excel, close to WTM.  

In a first for the Caribbean Media Awards, now in their 11th year, travel journalist, Imogen Lepere, scooped the prize for ‘overall winner’ for her feature ‘Castaway Cuisine’ featured in Food and Travel Magazine, winning two complimentary tickets on InterCaribbean Airways.

Amongst the other accolades were awards for the Best Online Feature to Claire Dodd for a highly inventive and informative feature about Haiti in, while Lyn Hughes of Wanderlust took the Best Consumer Feature award for her ‘Off the Map’ portrayal on Belize.

The Travel Trade media was well represented with no less than 15 entries, with Peter Ellegard picking up the Best Travel Trade Feature award for his excellent comparison between Trinidad and Tobago.

Within the national and regional press, Ally Farrell picked up the Best National Newspaper award for ‘Croon with a View’ in The Sun describing her first ever choir experience in Barbados; with Best Regional Newspaper award going to Patrick Welch for his account of a thrilling kitesurfing experience on the Cayman Islands for Metro (Scotland).

In the two new categories for 2017, Imogen Lepere won the Best Caribbean Round Up award for her foodie feature, ‘Castaway Cuisine’ in Food and Travel Magazine with the Best Social Media Campaign award going to journalist and blogger, Macca Sherifi for an all-encompassing campaign on Cuba in ‘An Adventurous World’. 

Other winners included TV Presenter, Greg McKenzie, who took the Best Broadcast award for his delightful portrayal of St. Martin on the BBC Travel Show; Blogger, Sarah Smith, who won Best Blog Post for a Hip Travel Guide of Cool Things To Do In Antigua and journalist, Juliet Rix of Country and Town House Magazine, who won the Best Photojournalism award for brilliant imagery and content in ‘Catch Cuba while you can’.

Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for UK and Europe, said “We wish to thank all the winners and runners up for participating in this year’s awards as well as the sponsors who very generously provided the prizes. The Caribbean Media Awards have successively drawn a high standard of entries in all categories, each entry playing its part in raising awareness of the Caribbean as a region, and this year has been no exception, making the judging process very hard.” 

Speaking of the recent devastation of several islands caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria, Carol Hay urged the media to continue their efforts in keeping the Caribbean alive in their articles, posts and broadcast.”

The Caribbean Travel Media Awards 2017 were presented during a networking evening attended by close to 100 guests, comprising visiting ministers and their delegations, UK Chapter members and a wide range of journalists from national, trade, consumer and online media. In their 11th year, the Awards recognise and reward the media for the past year’s best travel journalism showcased in print media, online, blogs and in broadcast.


The 2017 CTO Travel Media Awards winners and runner ups were:


Best Regional Newspaper Category

1st place and Winner:  PATRICK WELCH for ‘High as a Caribbean Kite’ in Metro Scotland, who gave a great description of his kitesurfing experience in the Cayman Islands.

2nd place: Kenny Millar, also from The Scottish Sun for ‘Paradise Found’ on St. Lucia

3rd place:  Katy Pagan for The Scottish Sun for her article ‘Pineapple Crush’ for Antigua


 Best Travel Trade Category

1st place and WINNER: PETER ELLEGARD for his excellent review of Trinidad and Tobago in ‘Contrasts of the Caribbean for TTG

2nd place: Jo Cooke, also for Travel Weekly for an excellent ‘Island All-Rounder’ about Jamaica

3rd place: Meera Dattani for Travel Weekly for her article ‘Picking Up Steam’ on Dominica


Best Broadcast Feature Category

1st place and WINNER: GREG McKenzie, for his stories from St. Martin on the BBC Travel Show. 

2nd place: the BBC’s excellent series, Island Parish, from Anguilla

3rd place : Tim Jibson for Adventures in Radio ‘live’ from Barbados on Classic Hits 4FM Dublin; Metro Radio North East and Thames Radio (London)


Best Online Feature 

1st place and WINNER: CLAIRE DODD for an amazing insight in to Haiti in her article ‘How this beautiful Caribbean country aims to attract more travellers’.

2nd place:  Bryony Gordon for on ‘Why our holiday in St Lucia without our daughter was worth the guilt’

3rd place: Chloe Gunning describes ‘Why St Kitts is the perfect Caribbean holiday for those in search of adventure’ for Metro Online


Best Consumer Feature

1st place and WINNER: LYN HUGHES from Wanderlust, for her ‘Off The Map’ report from Belize

2nd place:   Francisca Kellett, highlights ‘Wild Jamaica’ for Tatler

3rd place: Claire Bennie visits Barbados for ‘The Rum Diaries’ in Thomas Cook Travel magazine


Best Piece of Photojournalism

1st place and WINNER: JULIET RIX for her brilliantly illustrated piece ‘Catch Cuba while you can’ in Country and Town House Magazine.

2nd place: Jogger, Macca Sherifi takes ‘A Look at the Beautiful People of Cuba’ in his blog An Adventurous World –

3rd place: Roger Sharpe illustrates the exhilarating surfing side of Barbados in Carve Magazine in his article, ‘The Cutter Club’


Best National Newspaper Feature 

1st place and WINNER: ALLY FARRELL for ‘Croon with a View’ in The Sun describing her first ever choir experience in Barbados.

2nd place: Amanda Linfoot undergoes ‘Mud and Sweat in untamed Dominica' for The Times.

3rd place is: Hunter Davies, who perfectly sums up Bequia in his aptly titled piece in the Mail on Sunday


Best Blog Feature/Post

1st Place and WINNER: SARAH SMITH for a ‘Hip Travel Guide of Cool Things to Do in Antigua’ in her blog iheartcosmetics

2nd Place: Macca Sherifi for ‘19 awesome things to do in Cuba’ in An Adventurous World. 

3rd Place is Petra Shepherd for ‘A Culinary Journey’ of Trinidad & Tobago in the Huffington Post.


Best Social Media Campaign

1st Place and WINNER: MACCA SHERIFI for a magnificent showcase of Cuba in ‘anadventurousworld’ blog

2nd place: India Hobson who showcased Barbados across the social media spectrum for #HaarkoninBarbados

3rd Place, six bloggers were part of a social media campaign for St. Kitts called ‘My St. Kitts’- Heather Cowper, Chloe Gunning, Suzanne Jones, Vicky Philpott, Kathryn Burrington and Laura Braithwaite


Best Caribbean Round Up Feature

1st place and WINNER: IMOGEN LEPERE who beautifully highlights the cuisine of the Caribbean in a perfect ‘Castaway Cuisine’ piece in Food and Travel Magazine.

2nd place: Fred Mawer helps readers to ‘Plan a perfect island escape’ in The Sunday Telegraph

3rd place: Andrew Doherty takes up some ‘Swashbuckling Fun’ in TTG with a nice round up on festivals.