Tourism Awareness Campaign | Caribbean People
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Caribbean People

Caribbean People

Our region is ripe with unsung heroes, those who work behind the scenes, and late into the night, to ensure that the visitor experience in their tourism business or destination, and by extension the Caribbean, is nothing short of amazing. This is our tribute to those Caribbean People, who truly help to make the region a special place to live, work and visit.


Rowan Garel’s selflessness and kind heart as well as his determination to live an independent life are the real power behind his motivation to succeed. He is an inspiration for the entire country of Belize, but especially for visually impaired or physically challenged people who seek to live an independent life.  Many visually impaired persons in Belize now enjoy Belize Council for Visually Impaired (BCVI) services because of Rowan’s fund raising efforts for the organization.

His humbleness and immense love for humanity propelled him to undertake such gigantic feats, which no one with his condition has ever done in Belize. He obviously faced double challenges in accomplishing his tasks, but he never gave up in his mission to advocate for the needy and visually impaired people in Belize.

Despite all his personal challenges, he left his country of birth to study and live abroad. Rowan is currently completing his first year of College studies at Drew University in New Jersey, U.S.A., where besides pursuing his education, he still remains very active in advocating for the welfare of the visually impaired in his beloved country, Belize. He is an unsung hero, worthy of recognition for his unselfish and enormous passion to serve humanity and the needy.





Mr. Gabriel Abed is an experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software and FinTech industry.

Skilled in Bitcoin, Blockchain, Central Banking, Strategic Partnerships, and Public Speaking. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelors focused in Information Technology, Majoring in Network Security with Honors from The University of Ontario, Institute of Technology.


Mr. Oliver Gale is the Co-Founder of Bitt, a Barbados-based financial company founded in 2012 to provide proper, unfettered access to financial systems, and empower Caribbean citizens through the use of decentralised/distributed technologies.

Oliver is an honors graduate from the University of Bristol – graduating from the Finance and Management program. Oliver is a leading regional advocate and authority on digital currency, blockchain technology and their application in emerging markets.

He has spoken at the United Nations ECLAC, the World Bank, the CBB as well as throughout the Caribbean and the U.S.A. Oliver is 30 years old.

“For me, I see this Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award as a celebration highlighting all of our achievements thus far and as reminder that sustainability is not a destination but rather, a journey.”

Diannille has been a St. Kitts tourism professional for over 20 years. Mrs. Taylor-Williams holds a Diploma in Hotel & Tourism Management from UWI as well as certifications in Human Resources Management, French, Tourism Projects in Rural Areas and Community Development in Tourism.

She is currently an advisory board member for the St. Christopher National Trust, former director of the St Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) board, Chair of the CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee, and the Chair of the St. Kitts and Nevis Tourism and Related Services Technical Committee on Standards.


As Assistant Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Taylor-Williams liaises with the private and public sectors to ensure a successful and responsible tourism product. She has dedicated her professional life to tourism in St. Kitts and has been an integral part of the Ministry of Tourism since 1995. She serves as the focal point for the St. Kitts Sustainable Tourism development program as well as the Chair of the St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council and representative of the Heart of St. Kitts Foundation.


She lives by edict of Martin Luther King Jr: “Whatever your life work is, do it well.”