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CTO award for Wes Hall
Published on: 6/10/07.

REVEREND WES HALL is to receive the Caribbean Tourism Organisation's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to regional tourism.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) will reward him for his significant influence on the Caribbean and Caribbean tourism at the 34th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball, scheduled for June 15 at the Waldorf Astoria, New York.

Hall became well known in the cricketingworld for his skills as a fast bowler in the feared West Indies team.

Great fast bowler

He quickly emerged as the region's first great post-war fast bowler, culminating his career with 192 wickets in 48 Tests as well as taking 546 wickets in 170 first-class matches.

In addition to being a great fast bowler, Hall has also been a cricket administrator, senior hotel executive, member of Parliament and a clergyman.

He served as Minister of Tourism in the 1980s and implemented many sports-related initiatives which have been adopted globally. He was also chairman of the CTO.

At age 69, Hall continues to serve as an evangelical church leader, while maintaining an involvement in cricket as a member of the board of directors of the Stanford 20/20 Cricket Project. He is chairman of Barbados Legends, and earlier this year was inducted into the West Indies Cricket Hall of Fame. Among the many honours Hall has received, he has also been conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws.

Other individuals down to receive awards are Earl B. Smith, former president of the Caribbean Hotel Association and CTO chapter leader in the Cayman Islands; Haitian, Wyclef Jean, a multiple Grammy Award-winning artist and humanitarian; Lasana Mwanza Sekou, a brilliant poet, storyteller, author and publisher
from St Martin; Josser Daniel, one of the most recognised individualsin the hospitality sector
on St Eustatius (Statia) and Rita Cabrer Botello of the Dominican Republic, a well respected researcher of the tourism industry. (CH)