Cruise lobby seeks new members

A lobby group for companies involved in cruise tourism is looking for new members.

The Association for the Advancement of Cruise Tourism, which was established in January last year to represent interests of the industry in Cayman, has 15 member companies and is currently recruiting more.

Robert Hamaty, owner of The Tortuga Rum Company, and a founding member of ACT, said: ‘It’s very important the private sector, that has a vested interest in cruise tourism, should be working closely with the government department that is directly responsible for cruise tourism. However communication should not be limited to The Ministry and Department of Tourism as other ministries and departments also affect the industry, for instance the Department of the Environment, The National Road Authority, and the Port Authority.

‘Ultimately our association is about facilitating better communication thus aiming for better management of the Cruise tourism industry, which makes the guest’s experience here so much better. If we can achieve this it will mean they will leave happy and return to Cayman, again and again.’

The organisation has held a number of meetings with various government departments since its inception to discuss how the needs of cruise-ship tourists can be met and how they can be encouraged to make return trips.

Members of ACT are also members of Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

‘Ultimately our association is about facilitating better communication thus aiming for better management of the cruise tourism industry, which makes the guest’s experience here so much better.

‘The end results can only be positive in improving the cruise visitors experience while in Cayman and if that is achieved they will return not only by sea but by air. Cruise tourism has so many options and flexibility that if Cayman does not provide the best product, competing ports of call will gain due to our loss,’ said Mr. Hamaty.

Mr. Hamaty, Brynley Davies and Gene Thompson are directors of ACT which has 12 board members.

For more information contact ACT Cayman 345-945-3737.

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