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An award winning television journalist with ties to the French Caribbean country of Haiti hosted the Caribbean's most prestigious tourism awards event in the Big Apple.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) reports that former CBS News reporter Marlie Hall served as the master of ceremonies for its Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show where the tourism development agency recognized and honored outstanding journalists, influencers and industry contributors.    

The elegant awards dinner took place during Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18) on Thursday, 7 June 2018, from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue). 

Hall, an award winning broadcast journalist and entrepreneur, is a former correspondent for CBS News and has covered some of the most important news stories across the country. 

Known for her in-depth reporting on international issues, Hall holds a degree in journalism from St. John's University and a master's degree in business administration from Dowling College. Hall has worked for PHL 17 in Philadelphia, One Caribbean Television and Cablevision's HDNews where she earned a Bronze Telly Award for her commentary on Haiti's healthcare crisis. 

"As a proud Haitian-American who has taken part in Caribbean Week festivities for years, I'm beyond excited to serve as host of this year's Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards.  I'm humbled to help honor those whose work has brought the Caribbean to the world," she says. 

The Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards program recognizes excellence in the promotion of Caribbean tourism and honors journalists across the industry whose outstanding, passionate and dedicated work have contributed to the development of tourism business to the region.  The media awards are presented in 12 categories.

In addition to media awards, the evening's program recognized individuals who have influenced the Caribbean tourism industry.  The CTO Allied Awards compromising of the "Jerry," the Allied and special Recognition Awards were given.  The Jamaica Tourist Board presented the Marcia Vickery-Wallace and Marcella Martinez Memorial awards.   

Caribbean Week New York 2018 had a special feel this year as the Big Apple's 8.5 million residents got a taste of the re-energizing and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the weeklong event (3-8 June), the wellness theme was incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination.

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