The Cayman Islands’ Ministry and Department of Tourism joined community leaders from over 30 Caribbean countries for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Caribbean Week, held June 9-17th in New York City.
The celebrations and spirit of the Cayman Islands helped usher New York into summer in tandem with this year’s Caribbean Week theme Festivals, says a press release.
Delegates from Cayman, led by Minister of Tourism Charles Clifford, travelled to the event and shared Caymanian culture and hospitality, and were able to showcase upcoming events and cultural activities such as Pirates Week and Batabano, through music and dance.
The Cayman Islands booth equipped with Batabano dancers, a swashbuckling pirate, steel drummer and a local designer, was a popular destination at the South Street Seaport Caribbean Fair, which featured approximately 70 booths manned by representatives from Caribbean destinations, hoteliers and strategic partners.
The annual Media Marketplace on Wednesday 13 June, targeting New York-based print, broadcast and travel trade journalists, provided Cayman’s tourism officials another forum through which to promote Cayman. ‘Representatives from DoT met with influential travel media who displayed great enthusiasm for the island’s tourism product. Media also had a chance to participate in a raffle for a prize of a thatch land basket containing local Caymanian products such as Tortuga Rum cake and more,’ the release states.
The Minister also used the opportunity to hold follow-up meetings with Goossen Tutor Promotions, a leading boxing promotions company in the United States, to explore possibilities for hosting a televised boxing event here in the Cayman Islands. Working meetings were also held with BET Jazz to determine the line-up for 2007 jazzfest and with NFL greats with a view to expand upon the existing relationship and opportunities presented by the NFL Quarterback Challenge. In addition, the Minister and Chief Officer participated in the CTO’s Board of Directors and Ministers’ of Tourism meetings to discuss, among other things, a regional response to concerns with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative’s impact on tourism demand originating in the United States.
To cap off a successful Caribbean Week, representatives of the Cayman Islands government and local delegates joined with the CTO’s 32 member countries to attend the annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball, which is a fundraiser for tourism scholarships. This was a special year for the Cayman Islands, as its Canadian Office representative, Mr. Earl Smith, received an award presented by the CTO’s Secretary General and the Cayman Islands Minister of Tourism. Mr. Smith was commended for his work for the Cayman Islands and his contributions to Caribbean tourism, the release ended.