Having just returned from the leading international conference and expo for event specialists, the team at local event management company Kelly Holding Ltd. is advising the public that it is business as usual in 2005 and they are ready to meet Cayman’s events and communications needs this year.
The Special Event Conference & Trade Show 2005 took place in Miami Beach recently and attracted over 5,000 participants including corporate and independent event planners, event producers, on-and-off premise caterers, party rental companies, wedding planners, floral designers, decorators, club managers, banquet managers and event site companies, states a press release.
‘This was our first time at the Special Event show and it was definitely a worthwhile experience,’ says Rhonda Kelly, CEO of Kelly Holding Ltd. ‘The exhibits gave us a lot of ideas that we can use to enhance the events that we organize and the sessions were very informative, providing us with tools that will help us enrich and build upon the quality of the services that we now deliver. We are excited about the New Year and the prospects for bringing unique events to Cayman that will make people say ‘Wow!”
Past Kelly Holding events include the Cayman Cricket Celebration in 2003 which brought six West Indies cricketers to the island, including Brian Lara, arguably the best batsman in the world and attracted over 6000 spectators to an exhibition match; TVET 2003, the Cayman Islands Government’s trade show which promoted careers in the technical and vocational fields; the launch of the Cayman Islands history book He Hath Founded It Upon the Seas; and the annual Cayman Islands Marathon sponsored this year by Cingular Wireless. The company also handled the event management for the 2004 Cable & Wireless West Indies Cricket Home Series which crossed eight Caribbean countries and lasted three months.
In addition to event management, the company provides other services such as public relations, advertising, graphic design and consultation in the area of sponsorship sales and management and other communications-related areas.
‘Like many small businesses on the island, Hurricane Ivan dealt a severe blow to our company. We received substantial damage to our offices and we lost all of our furniture and office equipment, which not only affects the bottom line but makes you wonder if the business can recover,’ explained Rhonda. ‘The Special Event Show came at a great time because it helped to motivate us, and give us a fresh perspective on our industry and the role we want to play in it. We decided that not only were we going to survive Ivan but that Kelly Holding Ltd. would come back stronger, continuing to offer the first-class service for which we have become known in this community.’