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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jamaica’s Director General of Tourism to receive African Diaspora Hall of Fame Award


Carrole Ann Marie Guntley, Director
General, in Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture has
been nominated to receive a Hall of Fame Tourism Award at the African
Diaspora World Tourism Award on April 27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. The
three-day event will be held at the Airport Marriott Hotel April 26-28,
2013.

Kitty Pope, founder and producer of the African Diaspora World Tourism
Awards & Travel Expo sets the stage by explaining the reason for the
creation of the awards. “An award ceremony of this type is needed because
we have shining stars who have worked hard to push forth agendas related
to black culture and heritage tourism.  There is the annual World Travel
Awards that is the 'Oscars' of the travel industry; but because of its
uniqueness, I feel that a separate, special event is needed for the
culture and heritage contributions of people of African descent.”

The Director General has worked in tourism for over 31 years and has held
her current position as Director General in the Ministry of Tourism since
1999. The consummate leader and innovator, she was instrumental in helping
to create a sustainable tourism development Master Plan and initiated a
policy, which provided short-term incentives for the attractions, villas
and apartment sectors.

Guntley is credited as being Jamaica’s first female Director of Tourism
(DOT), between 1984 and 1990, and it was during her tenure that the island
achieved the landmark target of hosting one million visitors. Guntley is
the recipient of numerous awards, however the two most endearing awards
received are Jamaica’s national honour, the Order of Distinction in the
rank  of Commander (CD) in 2003 and the Prime Minister’s Award for
invaluable contribution to Jamaica’s Tourism in 1995.

At a prestigious event hosted at the Terra Nova Hotel, Jamaica, in
February 2013, Guntley was awarded the first International Alumni
Achievement Award with “sincere gratitude” from her Alma Mater.  She was a
member of Ryerson University’s 1975 Class.

Additional Hall of Fame honorees from Jamaica are: John Lynch
(Chairman/Director Jamaica Tourist Board); Rita & Bob Marley
(International Reggae Ambassadors); Harry Belafonte (Celebrated
Actor/Activist) and Dr Julius Garvey (Surgeon & Son of Marcus Mosiah
Garvey). For the complete list visit of Who’s Who honorees, visit
www.africandiasporatourism.com .

The producers of the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards & Travel Expo
warmly welcome the African Diaspora: dignitaries, notables, professionals
and culture and travel enthusiasts to Atlanta, the venue for the staging
of the “Oscars” of black culture & heritage tourism.