Tourism conference to address terrorism

‘World Terrorism and Caribbean Tourism’ is one of the key presentations at this year’s Tourism Conference, which runs today and Friday at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

Charles Clifford

Tourism Minister Charles Clifford

The presentation during the Friday morning session is being given by Michael Hannah, a 30-year law enforcement veteran with command experience in the Southern California area, said a press release from the Department of Tourism.

‘Mr. Hannah will examine global terrorism and its impact on the hospitality, tourism and convention industry. Using recent international incidents as case studies, Mr. Hannah will look at generic mitigating measures that stress collaboration between the public and private sectors and build safety and security for travelers and industry employees.’

The annual tourism conference will start with an introduction and address by the Minister of Tourism, Charles Clifford.

Programme highlights for the 2006 Annual Tourism Conference include:

Thursday: Cayman Islands Tourism – Minister Clifford; Cayman Islands – Global Marketing 2007/08 – Pilar Bush, Director of Tourism; Cayman Islands Tourism Association Presentation – Karie Bergstrom, President, CITA.

Friday: Status of the NTMP implementation and plans for the next five years – Gloria McField-Nixon, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Special Management Areas (Marine) – Gina Ebanks-Petrie, Director of Environment.

Other conference highlights include remarks by Thea Bush on her year as Junior Minister of Tourism, and the reading of the Cayman Islands 2006 winning essay for the Condé Nast ‘My Caribbean’ Essay Competition by East End Primary School student Ashley Amador.

The Annual Tourism Conference is an open forum, designed to provide the Department of Tourism’s private sector and broader community partners with an interactive annual report.

‘This conference is not just for members of the traditional tourism industry,’ said Pilar Bush, Director of Tourism. ‘It is for everyone in the Cayman Islands who wants to understand how the DoT conducts its business. Tourism is a major player in the Cayman Islands, and everyone who lives here should want to know a little more about how it operates.’

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