Room stock increases

The most updated figures on available room stock in the Cayman Islands show that there has been steady progress on the re-opening of tourism inventory.

The current total licensed tourist accommodation rooms on all three islands, according to Department of Tourism figures, stands at 2,225 rooms or 42.95 per cent of the total pre-Ivan rooms’ inventory, broken down as follows:

1219 hotel rooms or 48.6 per cent of total pre-Ivan hotel room inventory;

744 rooms or 33.2 per cent of total pre-Ivan apartments;

262 or 59.95 per cent for guesthouses.

The following is a synopsis of the current information sent out by the DoT on the instruction of Tourism Minister Charles Clifford.

In the last 30 days the following properties have been licensed: Aqua Bay Club (condominiums), Scuba Shack (guest house); Grand Cayman Marriott (increased to 119 approved rooms from 91 approved rooms).

In addition to inspecting and keeping records of licensed rooms, the DoT continues to work closely with the private sector and to keep records of its projected opening dates.

At this time, the DoT has been advised of the following changes of opening dates:

Coralstone Club – November 2005 to December 10, 2005;

Eldemire’s Guest House – June 2005 to October 2005;

Sammy’s Airport Inn – November 2005 to December 2005;

Villas of the Galleon – December 2005 to January 2006.

‘Room stock availability is a key component to our continued tourism recovery,’ commented Mr. Clifford.

Government and the private sector continue to work together to ensure that needs are addressed and the Minister added that he looked forward to continuing his familiarization visits to properties to see first hand the progress being made.

Last week Minister Clifford visited the Ritz Carlton, but his Marriott Resort visit had to be re-scheduled on Friday because of the approach of Hurricane Dennis.

In a press statement from Leader of the Opposition, McKeeva Bush, he asserted that while he was in power at no time did representatives of the Government, DoT or he attempt to misinform anyone on the available hotel and condo room stock after Hurricane Ivan.

‘Mr. Clifford was reported and quoted in both the print and electronic media as saying that the numbers on the available room stock after Hurricane Ivan were manipulated during the election campaign,’ he said.

The Minister went on to say that figures published in the Caymanian Compass of 9 June amply support the statements made by him in his former capacity as Tourism Minister.

‘That Compass article reported 1,552 rooms being available on Grand Cayman, and a total of 1,944 open throughout the Cayman Islands. This article used the same data I had, and that was widely circulated to the private sector.’

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