A Cayman Islands delegation is participating in the Caribbean Tourism Summit this week in Washington DC.
Led by Minister of Tourism, Mr. Charles Clifford, and the Chief Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Gloria McField-Nixon, the delegation also includes members of the Cayman Islands Ministry and Department of Tourism.
The summit takes place from 22 to 26 June and replaces the long standing annual Caribbean Week, which took place in years past in New York.
ACTS brings together leaders from political, tourism and investment communities and is scheduled to coincide with Caribbean American Heritage Month – thus creating a natural platform for the Caribbean to reach out to the diaspora, said a press release.
ACTS was created by leaders of the Caribbean governments and the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry, and it will consist of several functions, the highlight of which will be a high level conference focusing on investment and marketing, an awards gala dinner and ball and an exhibition.
The decision was made to move to Washington, DC, so that the summit’s activities could become more meaningful to the entire Caribbean. All events have been designed to create significant opportunities for companies already investing in the Caribbean, as well as those interested in marketing service to the Caribbean.
Leaders from over 32 Caribbean countries, as well as US Government officials and the tourism and investment communities are expected to attend and the Cayman Islands delegation will ensure that the Cayman Islands is well represented throughout the entire summit, the release noted.
A special new feature of the event this year is the Jim Bodden award for outstanding public service by a contemporary person of Caribbean-American heritage. Sponsored by the Cayman Islands and aptly named after Cayman’s first National Hero, the award pays homage to the spirit of Jim Bodden, Cayman’s consummate former public servant. Among the criteria to be met for consideration of this award, the nominee must be of high moral character, well regarded in their community, a consensus builder, a leader and role model for youth. Special invited guests for the event include Mr. Jim’s daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Michel Trumbach.
The business delegation will also have the opportunity to attend the conference’s keynote presentation by Alan Greenspan: The Global Economy – Transitioning from Commodities to Services: and to attend other presentations such as Creating Commercially Viable Sustainable Tourism and Investing in Sustainable Tourism.
The Cayman Islands will also take advantage of a number of opportunities to showcase its talent and culture. Two chefs, well known to Cayman – Chef Keith of Bacchus and Chef Shetty of Grand Cayman Beach Suites, will work with a food preparation apprentice from the ministry-driven national tourism apprenticeship programme, Bethany Ebanks; local band Heat will perform at one of the evening functions and traditional Caymanian Peppermints, made by artisans from Cayman Traditional Arts, will be in the gift bag of every guest who attends the dinner, awards presentation and ball.