The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) will present its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year to Peter J. Dolara, Senior Vice President å- Miami, Caribbean and Latin America, American Airlines.
Mr. Dolara will receive the award, which is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to Caribbean tourism, at the 30th annual Governments of the
Caribbean State Ball on June 6, 2003 at New York’s distinguished Waldorf Astoria.
“It is with great honour that we present Mr. Dolara with this award,” said Jean Holder, CTO’s secretary general. “Throughout his long career in the aviation industry, Mr. Dolara has demonstrated his friendship for the Caribbean in very tangible ways through his generous assistance and his involvement in numerous humanitarian projects. Because of his outstanding and exceptional contributions Mr. Dolara takes his place among those who have played significant roles in building the region’s tourism industry. For this, CTO
and its 32 member governments are extremely grateful,” added Mr. Holder.
In the past, CTO has presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to several prominent figures, including Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Earl Graves, Cicely Tyson, New York Congressman Charles Rangel and former CTO Director of Marketing Michael Youngman.
Over 700 delegates are expected to be at the Ball when the award is presented. The Governments of the Caribbean State Ball is an elegant, black-tie event that was inaugurated in 1973 as a fundraiser to help market the Caribbean. However, its charitable purposes have expanded to include the provision of scholarships for Caribbean nationals to become leaders in Caribbean Tourism.
The Ball, which has always featured the best of Caribbean entertainment and food, will cap a series of events during Caribbean Week, June 1-6, 2003 in New York City, including the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Board of Directors meeting, CTO Council of Ministers meeting, an interfaith celebration, a Caribbean fair and a Media Marketplace. The legendary Apple Elliott Orchestra of the Bahamas, the Phantoms band of Haiti and TCL Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra, a leader among Ensemble groups in Trinidad and Tobago, will provide entertainment for the Ball.