Royal Caribbean honoured with "Beacon Award"

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has been honoured as a leader in the tourism industry by the Miami-Dade County Beacon Council, with the group’s “Beacon Award.“The Beacon Council is Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. The group’s second annual awards honour businesses and organisations for their significant contributions to the local economy in the areas of job creation, business expansion, corporate citizenship, and leadership in their respective industries.

“It is a great honour to receive this Beacon Award,” said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “This is a significant achievement, given the prominent role that tourism and the cruise industry play in the Miami-Dade economy. I thank all of our employees, whose hard work has done so much to help both our company and our community.”

“Royal Caribbean is an exemplary corporate citizen that provides this community with tremendous support by virtue of its significant workforce and investment,” said Frank Nero, president and chief executive officer of the Beacon Council. “Equally as important is their commitment to civic and charitable organisations. They are truly an asset to Miami-Dade, and our entire South Florida region. They are a major reason why Miami-Dade County is the cruise capital of the world.”

Royal Caribbean was honoured for creating 150 new Miami-Dade jobs, innovative marketing campaigns for its Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands, and the company’s many employee training programs. Additionally, the company was cited for its far-reaching community involvement through activities such as its annual corporate volunteer day, known as G.I.V.E., and the work of company executives and other employees with groups such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Way, Big Brother and Big Sisters, and YMCA.

The awards, voted by current and former Beacon Council chairpersons, as well as the current chair-elect, were presented last night in 10 industry categories, Royal Caribbean was recognized in the “Visitor Industry” category. Royal Caribbean’s nomination was sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal, a leading Miami-area business publication.