Cayman suffers no shortage of conferences, seminars and meetings, with new events being hosted by one of the many banks or organisations or charities on the Island every day.
As a result, there is a growing demand for venues in which these meetings and forums can be held.
All the major hotels in Cayman offer conference services and business centres and other companies are now stepping up to the plate to make venues available for visiting business people.
William Peguero recently launched the Trinity Business Centre, which offers conference and meetings rooms, as well as a business centre where visitors can set up their own office-away-from-office or just a cubicle.
The centre was opened in April and is already attracting customers from a variety of companies.
“Since we started up, we’ve had a lot of referrals and it’s taken on a life of its own.
“There’s definitely a need for this. The only way to do this now is in hotels, but not everyone wants to do that,” he said.
Mr. Peguero said Trinity Business Centre offers an alternative to hotels and the high prices they can charge for facilities.
Trinity can accommodate 264 people and has 60 parking spaces during offices hours that expand to about 150 after 5pm when neighbouring office workers leave work for the day.
The centre on Eastern Avenue has a 2,300 square foot function hall, a board room for 18 people, as well as three offices, an executive office and four cubicles.
One aspect that is important when it comes to getting a large group of people together in one room is what to feed them. Hotels offer in-house services that ensure that hot coffee is kept topped up and lunch is served just in time to keep sugar levels and concentration levels at an optimum level.
Going to a smaller outfit need not mean that delegates and speakers need to suffer hunger pangs. One of the advantages of using a non-hotel conferencing company is the diversity of foods you can choose from, as independent business centres usually have deals with restaurants and catering companies.
Trinity has partnerships with several of the restaurants on Island, as well as relationships with employment agency CML, so for those business travellers or conference organisers that need emergency secretarial assistance, help is on hand. “Really, we’re a one-stop shop,” said Peguero, who has in his first weeks of business played host to the Chamber of Commerce, the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association and the Cayman Islands Bankers Association.
Cayman’s business facilities are second to none, as hotels and private conference enterprises realised long ago that business tourism was well worth investing in. This has meant that Cayman remains an attractive destination for conferences and seminars from the US and further afield, but also means that top-notch facilities are available for the Island’s home grown businesses as well.