Fresh off a rousing success this fall with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, the Cayman Islands has been chosen to host another large tourism conference in May 2007.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Sustainable Tourism Development Conference is expected to draw some 300 to 400 delegates to Grand Cayman. That’s about a third of the size of the FCCA event held here in late October and early November.
‘It’s a very significant conference,’ said Minister of Tourism Charles Clifford. ‘We’ve proven now, having successfully hosted the FCCA conference, that we can host large conferences.’
Mr. Clifford said he attended the 2006 Sustainable Tourism Conference in Puerto Rico, and found issues addressed there often concerned far-reaching topics.
‘When you attend the conference, you will hear about things such as global warming and the implications of that on the region,’ said Mr. Clifford.
The tourism minister also noted a large number of delegates attended last year’s conference via cyber-space. He said each presentation was web-cast, allowing many people to view it from their home countries. He expected the same option would be available when the event comes to Cayman.
‘If that is the case it could very well affect the numbers, we just don’t know.’
Mr. Clifford said local tourism officials would use the May conference to advertise the island’s Go-East initiative, which is aimed at enhancing the number of visits to East End and Bodden Town.