Trade show lures delegates

The sixth annual Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange ended with a big party sponsored by The Department of Tourism at Boatswain’s Beach, but not before a lot of work was done the previous three days.

The Cayman Islands’ only annual tourism trade show hosted at The Ritz-Carlton from 26 to 28 April was attended by 33 international travel wholesalers and media and 25 local tourism suppliers, which represented more than 120 delegates, said a press release.

The convention was designed to showcase the accommodations, attractions and beauty of the Cayman Islands to the key companies promoting and selling vacation packages.

‘Offering four distinctly different opportunities for interaction, the CITE provided an excellent communication vehicle for local tourism operators, international travel wholesalers, travel media and government tourism representatives to exchange information and ideas, which could be instrumental for improving stay-over tourist arrivals in the medium to long term,’ said the press release from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

The delegates started the convention with an evening reception hosted by Governor Stuart Jack and Mrs. Jack at their private residence on 26 April. The following day commenced with breakfast meetings and the official opening ceremonies. Presentations were made by both private and public sector tourism partners praising the many wonderful attributes of the islands, and the announcement of the three-year partnership with the National Football League.

The remainder of the schedule had the delegates travelling across Grand Cayman inspecting various properties and attractions and in one-on-one meetings. A number of delegates also took time to visit the Sister Islands to check on additions to the tourism mix and to meet suppliers.

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