Available accommodations booming

Tourist accommodations up and running in Grand Cayman are doing great business with many visitors re-booking to return next year.

‘We’re very busy,’ said Courtyard by Marriott General Manager Steven Schwartz. The resort has all its 232 rooms operational.

The hotel is close to full, with tourists, and has been since the run up to Christmas.

He said many of his guests, which are a mixture of first-time and repeat visitors, are re-booking to visit the island again next year.

Hyatt Regency Hotel General Manager Mark Bastis confirmed that business is going well at the hotel’s 53 beach suites, which re-opened in December.

‘Business has been good, President Week, Spring Break & Easter for the most part are sold out,’ he commented.

Demand varies, he explained, but March is looking at 75 per cent to 80 per cent occupancy.

‘Many repeat visitors have returned, anxious to see how the island fared and to meet up with old acquaintances. By far and large, the responses (to the island, post-hurricane) have been very positive, and they have been impressed by the recovery of the island and the resilience of the staff.’

The Reef Resort’s Tom McCallum said the luxury resort at Queen’s Highway, East End is totally booked for the next several months. Its 88 rooms are open, consisting of a mix of studio suites and one and two bedroom luxury condominiums.

Since its re-opening on 29 January, he said, the reaction from guests to the island has been ‘surprisingly positive’.

‘We were a little apprehensive as to how they would react to the drive out here, but MC Restoration did such a tremendous job on the getting the roads cleared,’ he said.

Mr. McCallum said that the guests are not taken aback by the damage, once they see that things are shaping up and the island is coming back to its former glory.

‘As for our resort, it’s pristine, and the beach looks better than ever. Diving here is also excellent. People are leaving our resort with great praise for it and that can only be good for the island,’ he said.

A spokesperson from Plantana Condos on West Bay Road, where 25 of the condos are now operational, said the complex is very busy with return visitors.

‘Their reaction is that that island is so-so. However, at Plantana, they have no complaints. The only problem we have is the trees across the road from us that are all blown down along the roadside,’ she said.

Plantana aims to have its final 13 condos operational next month.

According to the Department of Tourism 35 per cent of Grand Cayman’s 3,388 hotel and condo rooms are open.

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