Trade show a hit

The seventh Annual Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange concluded with a party at Rum Point, but not before a lot of work was done the previous three days.

Trade show

CITE delegates prepare to board the Cayman Airways plane for their day trip to Little Cayman. Photo: Submitted

The Cayman Islands’ only annual tourism trade show, put on by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association hosted at The Ritz-Carlton from 30 April to 2 May, was attended by 30 international travel wholesalers and media and 28 local tourism suppliers, which represented more than 120 delegates, said a press release. The convention was designed to showcase the accommodations, the local attractions and the beauty of our 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,’ the release noted.

The delegates started the convention with an evening reception hosted by Governor Stuart Jack and Mrs Jack at their private residence.

The next day began with a breakfast followed by the official opening ceremonies where Trina Christian, the new Executive Director for CITA, and Stephen Broadbelt, the new CITA President welcomed all visitors to the island and addressed all delegates. Presentations were also made Deputy Director of Tourism, Shomari Scott, an update on what’s new in the Cayman Islands, and Carol Johnson of Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine updating the delegates on the trends in Caribbean tourism.

The remainder of the day had the delegates travelling across Grand Cayman inspecting various properties and attractions, or in one-on-one meetings. A number of delegates took advantage of the Day Trip to Little Cayman to check on additions to the tourism mix and to meet suppliers. The evening networking function was an elegant cocktail party at LUCA Restaurant on Seven Mile Beach.

Friday was another early start with pre-scheduled appointments throughout the day between the wholesalers and the on-island suppliers and a lunch and presentation at Ritz-Carlton’s Blue Restaurant.