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Cayman Islands earns significant international accolades

Accolades Press Release PhotoGrand Cayman, Cayman Islands (25 June 2015) –The Cayman Islands has received numerous honours and accolades during the first half of 2015. From best beach to destination of the year, international media and organisations are overflowing with praises for the destination.

Minister of Tourism, the Hon Moses Kirkconnell, said, “Because the Cayman Islands offers a unique customer service experience, coupled with an attractive infrastructure, we are pleased to see awards of this nature year over year. Our partners in the tourism industry and the exceptional attractions excel at providing Caymankind care and customer service, demonstrating the strength of our dive and water sports as well as land based activity offerings.”. Amongst the plethora of accolades, the Cayman Islands most recently earned the distinction from U.S. News and World Report naming the Cayman Islands as the Best Beach in the World. The first place ranking was described on the company’s website: “It’s hard to compete with the coral sands of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. Brimming with luxury hotels and casual restaurants, the Cayman Islands leave travellers with little to complain about.”

While the accolade from US News was focusing specifically on beaches, other areas of our tourism sector have earned awards such as the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards. While the Cayman Islands can boast recipients in many areas, here are a few recognised in 2015:

– DiveTech
– Grape Tree Café
– Spirit of the West
– Slackem Fishing Charters
– Brasserie
– Southern Cross Club
– Blue Cilantro
– Captain Marvin’s Watersports
– Brac Reef Resort
– Cayman Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter

TripAdvisor has also announced that in celebration of its fifth year providing the Certificate of Excellence it will recognise those awardees that have consistently received positive ratings and earned a Certificate of Excellence consecutively for five years. They will be labelled as TripAdvisor Hall of Fame members, an honour amongst all tourism providers. This year, dive resorts Sunset House, Compass Point and Southern Cross Club will be recognised in the Hall of Fame along with other partners such as Captain Marvin’s Watersports and more.

The destination also continued to earn recognition in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards. The recipients for 2015 are:
– Top 10 Islands- Caribbean
o ranked #2, Grand Cayman
– Top 10 Destinations-Caribbean
o ranked #5, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
– Top 25 Beaches in the Caribbean
o ranked #7, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
– Top 25 Luxury Hotels- Caribbean
o ranked #5, Caribbean Club
o ranked #24, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
– Top 25 Hotels for Service- Caribbean
o Ranked #8, Turtle Nest Inn
– Top 25 Hotels for Families- Caribbean
o Ranked #14, Caribbean Club

“It speaks volumes to see so many representatives from across the Cayman Islands recognised in these awards,” shared the Director of Tourism, Mrs. Rosa Harris. “The efforts of the Ministry and Department to drive global awareness of the destination are successful in part because of the commitment of our on island partners such as those recognised by TripAdvisor. These awards are earned by the dedication to the customer experience, ensuring that our guests are enveloped in the Caymankind care we have been known for since the beginning of tourism on these islands. We congratulate all our award winning partners and are pleased to work with such a stellar group of individuals who make tourism great in the Cayman Islands.”

From the TripAdvisor website
About Certificate of Excellence

Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip. Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible.

Now in its 5th year, the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers. Winners include:

• One-room B&Bs to 600-room hotels,
• Hidden attractions to world-famous museums,
• And local cafés to Michelin-starred restaurants.

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The full list of 2015 Certificate of Excellence recipients are as follows.

Certificate of Excellence- Eateries and Attractions

• Pedro St. James National Historic Site
• Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
• Cayman Islands National Museum
• Bloody Bay Wall
• Rum Point
• Smith Cove
• Mastic Trail
• MV Captain Keith Tibbetts
• Eden Rock Diving Center
• Devil’s Grotto
• Mixing Bowl
• Cemetery Beach and Reef
• Divetech, Ltd.
• Ocean Frontiers
• Ebanks Watersports
• Moby Dick Tours
• Cayman Kayaks
• Indepth Watersports
• Coral Stone Stables
• Cayman Diving School
• Fat Fish Adventures
• Captain Marvin’s
• Tortuga Divers at Morrit’s
• Reef Divers
• Dexter’s Fantasea Tours
• Pampered Ponies, Limited
• The Cayman Islands Brewery
• Ambassador Divers
• Seasports Diving
• Spirit of the West
• Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman
• Stingray Sailing
• Dolphin Cove
• Neptune’s Divers
• Indigo Divers
• Cayman Marine Lab
• Cayman Safari Adventures
• Off the Wall Divers
• Sail Cayman Ltd.
• Joe Tourist Cave Tour
• Star Fish Point
• Living The Dream Divers
• Don Foster’s Dive Cayman
• ToursCayman
• Deep Blue Divers
• Slackem Fishing Charters
• DNS Diving
• Ezona’s Aquatics
• Cayman Turtle Divers
• Beach Bubbles
• Cayman Private Charters
• Seven Seas Charters Day Tours
• White Sand Water Sports
• Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef
• Sea Elements
• Sun Rays Tours
• Divers Down
• MarineLand Private Tours
• Six Senses Eco Tour
• Sea Trek Grand Cayman
• Cayman Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter
• Stingray City
• Cayman Custom Cycles Island Tours
• Cayman Motor Museum
• Cayman Diveshuttle Ltd
• Seven Mile Beach
• Kitesurf Cayman
• Pure Art
• Sundivers
• Stingray City Trips
• Acquarius Sea Tours
• Camana Bay
• National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
• Cayman Horse Riding
• Cayman Eco Adventures
• Epic Divers
• Cayman Sea Adventures Ltd. Marineland Tours
• Sail With Friends Cayman
• Charter Cayman
• Brac Scuba Shack
• Cayman University Divers
• Davinoff’s Concrete Sculpture Garden
• Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co
• Governor’s Beach
• Royal Palms Beach Club
• West Bay Loop
• Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery
• Cayman Food Tours
• Pirate Divers
• Casanova by the Sea
• Blue By Eric Ripert
• The Lighthouse Restaurant
• Calypso Grill
• Icoa
• Cimboco, Marquee Plaza
• Yoshi Sushi, Cayman Falls
• Al La Kebab
• Chicken! Chicken! Caribbean Wood Roasted
• Cobalt Coast Resort
• Copper Falls Steakhouse
• The Cracked Conch by the Sea
• Edoardo’s
• Grand Old House
• Rackam’s Waterfront Bar and Restaurant
• Hungry Iguana Restaurant
• Paradise Seaside Grill
• Ragazzi Restaurante & Pizzeria
• Rankin’s Jerk Pit
• Ristorante Pappagallo
• Sunshine Grill
• The Brasserie
• The Lobster Pot
• The Wharf
• Singh’s Roti Shop & Bar
• Eats Cafe
• Luca
• Kaibo – Upstairs Restaurant
• Seven
• Chicken! Chicken!
• Coconut Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill
• La Dolce Vita
• Guy Harvey’s Island Grill
• Agua Restaurant & Lounge
• Osetra Bay Restaurant and Lounge
• Paperman’s Coffeehouse
• Alfresco
• My Bar
• Vivine’s Kitchen
• Tukka
• Southern Spice
• Cimboco
• Taikun
• XQ’s Pizza Bar Grill
• The Italian Kitchen
• Blue Cilantro
• Heritage Kitchen
• Kurt’s Corner
• Tipsy Turtle Bar
• The Grape Tree Cafe
• KAIBO Beach Bar & Grill
• Jessie’s Juice Bar
• Macabuca Bar & Grill
• Seaside Paradise
• The Beach Bum Cafe
• The Greenhouse
• Bombay Chopsticks
• Cayman Cabana Oceanside Restobar
• George Town Yacht Club
• Deckers Grand Cayman
• Star Island Restaurant
• The Burger Shack
• Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar
• Lighthouse at Breakers
• Bread and Chocolate
• Kirk Market
• Island Naturals Cafe
• Capt Herman’s East Side Fish Fry
• Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill
• Craft F&B Co.
• Gelato & Co. Cremeria Italiana
• Big Tree Bbq

Certificate of Excellence- Hotels

• Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort
• The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
• Pirates Point Resort
• Paradise Villas
• 7 Mile Beach Resort and Club
• Sunset House
• Sunshine Suites Resort
• Turtle Nest Inn
• Casa Caribe
• Caribbean Club
• Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach
• Plantana Condominiums
• Discovery Point Club
• Southern Cross Club
• The Anchorage Condominiums
• Harbour Heights
• The Grandview Condos Cayman Islands
• Grand Cayman Beach Suites
• Brac Reef Beach Resort
• Little Cayman Beach Resort
• Wyndham Reef Resort
• The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
• Compass Point Dive Resort
• Coral Stone Club
• The Meridian
• Shangri-La Bed & Breakfast
• Beachcomber Grand Cayman
• Cotton Tree
• The Renaissance
• Sunset Cove
• Castaways Cayman Beach Resort
• South Bay Beach Club


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