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PANACHE Magazine Wins Big at CTO Travel Media Awards In New York

Best Feature by Caribbean Journalist for a Caribbean Media

June 8, 2018, New York, USA

Kinisha and Tricia
Kinisha Correia (L), award-winning journalist, and Tricia Williamson, CEO & Editorial Director, PANACHE, proudly display their winning award at the recent Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York.

PANACHE Magazine (the flagship travel and lifestyle magazine from the PANACHE Digital Media family), has won the Best Feature Award that appeared in a Caribbean-based media by a Caribbean-based Journalist.  This was announced at the coveted Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The award-winning feature, “More than Just Beads: Story and Myth,” which was written by Kinisha Correia, was published in the October 2017 issue and showcased the work of Story & Myth, a Jamaican brand which specialises in, “island-inspired handmade jewellery.”   The four-page feature, which included photography by Niesha Brown, was a unique celebration of stunning earthiness behind each Story & Myth bracelet and necklace.  The feature shared details on how each bead is made and highlighted the fact that they are created by local artisans, many of whom are physically disabled.   The creations of these individuals provide them with much-needed income for their families.


Tricia Williamson, CEO and Editorial Director of PANACHE Magazine, said, “We are honoured by this achievement.  This win speaks volumes to our unwavering commitment to being the voice for Jamaican and Caribbean stories that truly connect with our readers. I commend Kinisha on the way she utilised her writing prowess to produce such a well-written story that captured the imagination of the readers and I am forever grateful to Story & Myth for allowing us to share their powerful story through our magazine.”

Award-winning writer, Kinisha Correia, shared, “I’m appreciative and honoured that my work has been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). I’m also proud that the piece selected was on a business creating change by weaving environmental and socially conscious practices into its work. Winning this award strengthens the message that business can be a force for good in the region. I’m grateful to be a part of that cultural shift.”

Kristie Stephenson, owner of Story & Myth, added that she was, “…thrilled and excited that these long time oral mythical stories are getting acknowledged in the mainstream.”

This was PANACHE’s first time participating in the prestigious travel media awards and along with the historic win; the magazine was also a finalist for Best Photograph Accompanying a Feature.  The image by Ikenna Douglas, which was displayed on the PANACHE Magazine Cover of April 2017, was the entry in this Category.

We’re very proud and excited at PANACHE!  This win is a “celebration of excellence” and we are humbled to know that our efforts are seen in that light!  We are also truly grateful for the recognition of our Caribbean talent by the CTO, as we know that this will serve as motivation to other upcoming Caribbean journalists,” shared Tricia Williamson.


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About the CTO Travel Media Awards

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition took place in New York City during Caribbean Week New York.

To honour the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online, we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2017 on CTO member countries. Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media.

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Celebrating With Panache | Jamaica Gleaner

Celebrating With Panache


Published:Friday | September 11, 2015Jody-Anne Lawrence

It started out as the vision of a 12-year-old girl. But after leaving university without a job, the vision became a reality. On Tuesday evening, Tricia Williamson and her team celebrated the eighth anniversary of her gloss magazine-Panache. The milestone was celebrated @twentythree on Dominica Drive, with a special issue she labelled at the change issue. It was an intimate setting of well wishers, supporters and the handsome Damian Whylie who graces the cover of the issue.

Why the change issue? Williamson said she wanted to make the magazine more rounded. While it started out predominantly as a fashion magazine, she wanted to appeal not only to a wider cross section, but to every aspect of an individual’s life, to become a true lifestyle magazine.

The formalities were quick and spicy. Hosted by Nastassia Hall of J Wray and Nephew, individuals congratulated the woman of the night – Williamson. Innovative, generous, someone who shows great initiative and a woman of vision are just a few of the phrases use to describe her. This was shown at the end of the night after everyone had dug into a triple pleasure cake courtesy of Chocolate Dreams, Williamson ensured everyone left with a copy of the hot issue and a perfume or cologne as a token of her appreciation.

Sam Davis, head of government and regulatory affairs, JPS, shares the lens with Tricia Williamson, editorial director, PANACHE.
Sam Davis, head of government and regulatory affairs, JPS, shares the lens with Tricia Williamson, editorial director, PANACHE.