Expo has mass appeal

With a green-tinged theme acting as backdrop, the 2007 Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is being hailed as the best ever.

Chamber CEO Wil Pineau says that early feedback from exhibitors was resoundingly positive.

Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

At the Camana Bay booth were, from left, Susanna Blackburn, Nikki Paige, Miss Cayman Rebecca Parchment, Jeff Lombardo, Kristy Rivers and Donna Williams.
Photo: Alan Markoff

‘We are hearing that our exhibitors have had some of the best sales they’ve seen in many years,’ he said.

Thousands of visitors streamed through the Lions Centre over the 13 October weekend to pay a visit to over 60 exhibitor booths.

Thursday night’s invitation-only opening event boasted a veritable who’s who of Cayman, a welcome kick-off for an event aimed at showcasing what’s on offer in the Cayman business scene.

And many of the offerings had a green hue.

‘We encouraged participating vendors to showcase their environmental capabilities,’ said Mr. Pineau.

‘We had a terrific range of these types of products on display, including solar panels, propane-fuelled appliances, energy-efficient laminates for windows, environmentally friendly cleaning products and biodegradable disposable cups,’ he said.

‘All of these products demonstrate how Cayman businesses are thinking about how we can protect our terrestrial and aquatic environments.’

The Expo’s décor mirrored the event’s green theme. 250 potted trees and a coral reef motif enhanced the environmental angle, not unnoticed by admiring attendees.

Best multiple booth award went to Butterfield Bank, which celebrated the bank’s 40-year mark with a historical display.

Best single booth went to the University College of the Cayman Islands, a fitting honour considering that education, alongside environment and economy, is one of the three areas of focus for the Chamber this year.

‘The ultimate objective is for our members, especially the smaller businesses, to showcase their product and services to the greatest number of people, and we were able to accomplish that well beyond expectations,’ said Mr. Pineau.

‘Judging from the strong sales successes that were achieved despite the inclement weather conditions, we see this as yet another important milestone; it was definitely the best Business Expo to date.’

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