Fifteen staff members from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism visited Cayman Brac at the weekend to familiarise themselves with the island post-hurricane Ivan.
Mr. Shomari Scott, DoT’s Marketing and Promotions Manager USA, explained that the trip had been postponed last year because of the hurricane.
However, in the wake of the storm it was an important trip for the staff to make, he said. Such a familiarisation trip is an annual event for staff members, along with another familiarisation programme held for overseas travel agents.
‘After the hurricane we thought it was important for staff to do the local familiarisation programme in order to update themselves on Cayman Brac and to see that it’s functioning as well as always. It’s especially helpful for those members of staff who deal with travel agents abroad.
‘It’s important for staff that sells the islands to also have an idea of what’s available in the Sister Islands,’ said Mr. Scott.
The familiarisation programme falls under Mr. Scott’s portfolio and was co-ordinated by Mr. Jermaine Sharpe.
Fifteen more staff members are set to visit Cayman Brac this weekend and at a later date a familiarisation programme to Little Cayman will take place.
The group left Grand Cayman Friday returning Sunday and while in the Sister Island they did site inspections including Brac Reef Beach Resort and Divi Tiara Beach Resort. They also visited well known tourism sites such as Westerly Ponds, the caves, the National Trust Parrot Reserve and Lighthouse, local handicraft and Caymanite Jewellery, the beaches and much more.