Cayman hotels featured abroad

The Miami Herald ran an article this week featuring two prominent hotels in Grand Cayman and the progress of their recovery since Hurricane Ivan: The Hyatt Regency and The Westin Casuarina.

The article originally appeared in 7 January’s The Wall Street Journal.

The circulation of the Miami Herald, where it appeared on 17 January, is 328,144.

The article points out that all 236 rooms at the Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman are still shuttered, but 53 beach suites are open. It states that rates are starting at $575 through 18 February, down from $805 last year.

‘During the renovation, the hotel extended its wireless Internet connection from the suites to the pool deck and beach,’ the article reads.

The article goes on, ‘Also on Grand Cayman, the Westin Casuarina (which reopened in November) added high-speed Internet as well and is building a business center.

The article, by Andrea Bennet is titled, ‘Caribbean hotels back on track’ and its introduction reads, ‘Hotels crucial to the region’s economic recovery are reopening. With construction continuing, some properties are cutting prices to lure travellers’.

The article refers to hurricanes Frances, Jean and Ivan, which destroyed 90 percent of the homes on some islands and caused more than $3 billion in damages.

It reads, ‘Hotels crucial to the region’s economic recovery are reopening at various speeds. And with construction continuing, some properties are cutting prices to lure back leery travelers.’

The story points out that Grand Cayman’s port is now handling four ships a day, up from two a day immediately following Ivan.

‘New ships in the area include the Carnival Liberty (stopping at Grand Cayman and the Bahamas),’ it reads.

Travel agents are pushing cruise visits as a way of stopping construction problems, it says.

The article also deals with other Caribbean islands.

‘In Grenada, the Flamboyant Hotel spent $2 million in repairs after Hurricane Ivan blew the roofs off. But with only half its 60 rooms open so far, the hotel is dropping prices 10 percent. Nearby at La Luna, where rates start at $600 nightly, 10 of16 rooms are operational and, through mid-April, guests who stay a week or more get free breakfast, dinner and yoga.

‘On Grand Bahama Island, the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach spent $4 million renovating after Hurricane Frances. The entire hotel reopened last month, with overhauled rooms, a new Asian-themed restaurant and a snack bar on the beach. Through January, rates are $160 a person a night (down from $196), and the $30-a-night charge for kids under 17 has been waived.

The article also explains that last month, Grenada opened a $24 million cruise ship terminal

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