Meetings to discuss future of tourism

Those with a vested interest in the future of tourism in the Cayman Islands can attend a series of ‘Town Hall’ meetings being held this week on Grand Cayman.

This will help the Department of Tourism to determine what the Cayman Islands’ tourism product will look like in 2012.

A decline in visitor numbers due to the global recession, fierce competition and a lack of consensus within the community about what the tourism product should stand for has put the Cayman Islands tourism business under pressure, said a press release from the Department of Tourism.

The Ministry and Department of Tourism recognise that a new set of tourism business development strategies are needed to address these issues and, over the course of the next week, they will be holding Town Hall meetings and one-on-one meetings to enable various members of the community to contribute their views to the process. Workshops were also held in Grand Cayman and in the Sister Islands last month.

Following a meeting Tuesday evening 20 October in West Bay, the rest of this week’s schedule of meetings are:

Bodden Town, Bodden Town Civic Centre, Wednesday 21 October, 5.30 -7pm;

North Side and East End, North Side Civic Centre, Wednesday 21 October, 8.00 – 9.30pm;

George Town, Mary Miller Memorial Hall, Thursday 22 October, 6.00-7.30pm.

‘The first step in creating a shared vision for tourism is to understand what stakeholders want the Cayman Islands tourism product and business to look like in the medium and long term,’ said Acting Director of Tourism, Mr. Shomari Scott. ‘We will be asking participants of the sessions to help us define this so we can develop clear, compelling tourism business strategies that key members of the government and tourism communities have bought in to and which allow the Cayman Islands to speak with one voice.’