The adventures the Cayman Islands holds as a family vacation destination were highlighted in a major British newspaper in December.
The piece ran in The Independent on Sunday which has a circulation of 203,369 and according to the Department of Tourism the advertising value of the piece would have been US$21,058.
The UK and Europe is also a growing market that the Department of Tourism is increasing the focus on growing the visitor arrivals from. In 2007 (according to statistics through October) the UK and Ireland market had grown by nearly 20 per cent over the previous year.
The newspaper article was written by Amar Grover, who visited the Cayman Islands on a family press trip in March of 2007. It features on the ‘Family Breaks’ page in the travel section of the paper on 16 December, 2007.
The journalist wrote about how he and his son Amrik enjoyed visiting the blue iguanas at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, seeing volleyball on Seven Mile Beach, a visit to Rum Point and swimming at the sandbar.
‘We sang goodbye to the blues and headed for the beach. Amrik has done a few beaches in this time but the volleyball at Seven Mile Beach was new to him and rather more fascination than its immense golden sands.’
He also praises the Ambassadors of the Environment Programme at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, writes about Boatswain’s Beach and the Mastic Trail.
‘Amrik’s firsts were clocking up fast. At Boatswain’s Beach, a new complex comprising Caymanian culture, marine park and turtle farm, he was entranced by the breeding pond. It usually heaves with green sea turtles wolfing food pellets. At the small touch tanks containing endearing yearlings, children can carefully hold young ones by their flippers – an option Amrik declined.’
It seemed there was only one let down for the four year old and that was when on the Mastic Trail.
”Daddy,’ he whispered, ‘where are the crocodiles?’
”Extinct,’ I replied. ‘All gone.’ And that, it seemed, was the only disappointment in our fun-filled week.’