Business After Hours was aesthetically pleasing last Thursday evening, when the wonderful new sight of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort merged with the taste of dessert delicacies, wines and champagnes.
The hotel lobby and bar area was awash with visitors to the Chamber of Commerce event, who mingled and admired their surroundings. Wonderful ice sculptures in the form of dolphins and a swan spurred admiring looks, while vegetable and fruit sculptures stirred many a conversation.
The Caymanian art adorning the walls added warmth and character to the plush surroundings that have been given a $15 million dollar refurbishment.
Chamber of Commerce President Joseph Hew said it was positive to see a hotel chain have the foresight to re-invest in the economy following the strains brought about after 9/11, the Gulf War and Hurricane Ivan. He noted that the refurbishment is impressive, making it the premier resort on Seven Mile Beach.
He said the Chamber of Commerce 40th anniversary dinner held there two weeks ago had been one of the grandest events ever held on the island, and added that the silent auction on that night had raised $10,000 for the Cayman Islands Recovery Fund.
Grand Cayman Marriott Managing Director Chris Sariego thanked his staff for all the hard work they had put in to getting the property finally fully open again. He noted that the hotel is supporting local artists and that the work of 11 of them was hanging on the walls. ‘We believe in being part of the community. We’re here for you,’ he told guests. ‘We hope you’ll consider us your home from home on the island.’
A raffle was then held with some top prizes including flights from Cayman Airways and free accommodation from the Marriot.