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 Caribbean Tourism Organization Presenting Lifetime
Achievement Award to Dame Billie Antoinette Miller
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-- Presentation to take place at Annual Governments of the
Caribbean State Ball, Friday, June 16, 2006 --
 
NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2006) – Dame Billie Antoinette Miller’s 30 year contribution to the Caribbean as a senior public servant will be recognized at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) 33rd Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball through the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, CTO’s most esteemed honor, on Friday, June 16, 2006 at the Waldorf=Astoria.
 
“Dame Billie Miller’s contribution and dedication to tourism has positively affected both her home country of Barbados and the entire Caribbean region,” said Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary general of CTO.  Her commitment is truly honorable and we are pleased to present her with this prestigious award,” he added.
 
Dame Billie Miller’s distinguished political career began in 1976 when she was elected Member of Parliament for the City of Bridgetown. That same year she was named Minister of Health and National Insurance and was the first woman to sit in the Cabinet of Barbados. 
 
Throughout her 30-year political career, Dame Billie Miller has held many senior offices, including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education and Culture, Leader of the Opposition, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Business. 
 
Currently, she is the President of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development for the Caribbean and Latin American and was appointed the Coordinator of CARICOM Ministerial Spokespersons in 2002, responsible for external negotiations.  Dame Billie Miller is also a member of the Barbados Family Planning Association, the Barbados National Trust, and the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.
 
In 1997 she devoted her time to heading the affairs of regional tourism, becoming the first woman Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a position she held for two years.  
 
CTO’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to Caribbean tourism.  Previous beneficiaries of this esteemed award include Harry Belafonte, Sir Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Earl Graves, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, Professor Carlos Diago and Jean Holder, former secretary general of CTO.
 
Governments of the Caribbean State Ball – A Culmination of Caribbean Week
 
The 33rd Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball, which takes places at the Waldorf=Astoria, is the most celebrated event of Caribbean Week 2006, a weeklong exposition taking place from June 10-17, 2006.  The best of the Caribbean’s carnivals, regattas, arts and entertainment, foods and flowers will highlight this black-tie gala themed “Festivals of the Caribbean.”  
 
Government leaders and diplomats, private sector travel and hospitality professionals from all over the Caribbean and the marketplace, a significant number of members of the media and celebrities from the United States and beyond attend the Ball to celebrate the life and rich culture of the Caribbean.
 
The Ball is staged annually to raise funds for the CTO Foundation, which provides academic scholarships in tourism-related areas of study.  
 
Tickets for the Ball and special sponsorship packages may be obtained by contacting CTO’s New York office.  
 
Events scheduled June 10-17 as part of Caribbean Week 2006 in New York include:
  • June 10, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm  - Celebrity Invitational Cricket Match at Idlewild Park, Queens
  • June 10, 8:30 pm - The OECS Music Legends Concert & Cocktail Reception at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
  • June 11, 4:30 – 7:30 pm - Caribbean Gospelfest at Hanson Place United Methodist Church, Brooklyn 
  • June 12 – 16 - Caribbean Celebrity Chefs (various locations)
  • June 12, 6:30 – 9:00 pm - Town Hall Meetings at Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bronx 
  • June 13, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm - Caribbean Fair at South Street Seaport Piers 16 & 17, NYC
  • June 13, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm - Do It Caribbean Weddings held at Caribbean Fair
  • June 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon - Caribbean Marketing Workshop and Industry Leaders Panel at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
  • June 14, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm - Awards Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
  • June 14, 4:00 – 7:30 pm - Media Marketplace, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
  • June 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm - CTO Press Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
  • June 16, 7:00 pm – midnight - 33rd Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, NYC 
 
For additional information on Caribbean Week 2006, please contact CTO’s New York Office directly at 212-635-9530 or visit www.CaribbeanWeekNY.com

The Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 governments and a myriad of private sector entities. The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people.  

The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development.  The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade. 

CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad Street, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, USA; Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: ctony@caribtourism.com.  CTO’s London office is located at 22 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: ctolondon@caribtourism.com; CTO Canada is located at 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2601, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2, Canada. Tel: (416) 935 0767; Fax: (416) 935 0939. E-mail ctotoronto@caribtourism.com. CTO Headquarters is located at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: ctobarbados@caribtourism.com.  For more information, please visit www.doitcaribbean.com or www.onecaribbean.org.  

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Contact:

Johnson JohnRose
CTO 
Tel: (246) 427-5242
jjohnrose@caribtourism.com
 
 

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Also See: The Caribbean Tourism Organization Honors Professor Carlos Diago with Lifetime Achievement Award / May 2005
Gordon “Butch” Stewart Presented the Caribbean Hotel Association's 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award / May 2005


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