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The Business of Tourism: 17th Cacique Awards in #Bahamas

Nominations for the 17th Cacique Awards to be held in January 2017 are now open.

The awards, which celebrate the brightest and the best in the country’s hospitality industry, will be held at the Melia Nassau Resort on January 21st under the theme, “The Business of Tourism”.

Co-Chairman and Producer of the Cacique Awards Charity Armbrister, who is also the director of events at the Ministry of Tourism, promises that this Cacique Awards will be like none other.

“The Cacique Awards are the most prestigious Tourism and Hospitality Awards.  It is a national award where Bahamians from Grand Bahama to Inagua can be nominated or become a winner. Over the years, the Family Islands have taken many categories back to the islands,” she said.

There are 17 local categories and five international categories that will be honoured.

This year, officials have added the Willfred “Willie Love” Knowles, Tourism Ambassador Award.

“This year, there will be an honorary award to be presented to his wife.  Next year, this category will be added to the Nomination form.  As you may know Willie died recently, and was a great entertainer and Tourism Ambassador in Grand Bahama,” Ms. Armbrister said.

Director, writer and choreographer of the Cacique Awards is Ian Poitier.

  • Nominations can be done online at http://www.caciqueawards.com or forms can be collected at any Bahamas Ministry of Tourism office in the Family Islands or abroad.
  • Nominees must be Bahamian.  Persons may be nominated for more than one category.
  • However, the nomination forms outline specifically what the requirements are for each category. 
  • The deadline for nominees is October 14. 
  • The nominees will be presented at a later date.

For more information, contact the Ministry of Tourism at 302-2000.

Allegations of Nygard ‘smear campaign’ make sense of strange reports

This week, news broke of a lawsuit filed by Bahamian resident and conservationist Louis Bacon, alleging that his neighbor Peter Nygard orchestrated a ‘smear campaign’ against him.

As reported by the New York Post:

In one instance, Bacon accuses Nygard of doctoring an October 2011 CBS News report about the arrest of Wall Street titan Rajat Gupta for insider trading. The doctored video superimposed Bacon’s name and face over Gupta’s, falsely alleging that Bacon was at the center of a “billion-dollar scam,” according to the suit.

Elsewhere, the suit cites a flurry of speculation in local Bahamian media after Bacon’s house manager, Dan Tuckfield, died in the billionaire’s pool in May 2010. While official reports cited a heart attack, Nygard used local media to spread rumors about a murder and cover-up by Bacon, the suit claims.

“Louis Bacon filed this lawsuit to hold Peter Nygard and his companies responsible for their unlawful and reprehensible smear campaign,” Bacon’s attorney, Orin Snyder, said in a statement. “We look forward to our day in court.”

The revelation of this lawsuit into the open press appears to make sense of a number of strange reports recently circulating in the Bahamian press featuring these prominent citizens.

The Bahamas Citizen, for example, recently reported that the Save The Bays environmental group, which is committed to preserve and protect the Bahamian environment, was disrupted by a “paid-for mob”.

References to this event are amongst those apparently contained in the claims.