Fifteen Cayman Islands exhibitors, including the Department of Tourism and Cayman Airways, joined more than 600 other exhibitors from around the world at the DEMA trade show last month.
Over 1,000 dive professionals descended on Orlando for the 31st annual Dive Equipment and Marketing Association Trade Show held the last week of October, said a press release.
Most Cayman participants had devices to attract attention to them. Don Fosters Diving employed a laser aimed dart gun in conjunction with a Grand Cayman map.
Divetech, along with Cobalt Coast and Sunset House, introduced small group packages to attract guests.
SCUBABOWL 2008 was introduced by Ron Kipp, who acted on behalf of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. SCUBABOWL was originated in Cayman in 1981 and is a 100 guest massive dive FAM trip involving seminars, diving and networking parties. Over 1,000 brochure/applications were distributed for the October 2008 event.
The Sister Islands were present in force, anchored by the SITA booth and supporting Cayman Breakers, Brac Reef and the Little Cayman Beach Resort.
After two full days of promoting both individual properties and the Cayman Islands, the Cayman party was kicked off right in the pavilion with refreshments, prizes and drawings. The Minister of Tourism Charles Clifford was on hand to meet all who passed by.
At the end of day three it was time for over 800 attendees to get ready for the prestigious DEMA Reaching Out Award Party, which the Cayman Islands was a sponsor of.
Cayman dive pioneer Bob Soto was honoured by induction into the DEMA Hall of Fame. Mr. Soto was appropriately honoured, along with famous underwater photographer David Doubilet. Mr. Soto’s son Randy and wife Kerry along with Suzy Soto, Minister Clifford and a large Cayman contingent stood with the 800 others to give Mr. Soto a standing ovation upon acceptance of the award.
Day four ended with the weary participants packing up and starting the journey to the Cayman Airways gateways of either Tampa and Miami and home.
Next year it’s Las Vegas, with SCUBABOWL 2008 immediately following.