The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference could be heading to Cayman next year.
Premier McKeeva Bush was a surprise
attendee at the talking shop in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week, along with a host of
representatives from the private sector.
It has been confirmed to the
Caymanian Compass that Mr. Bush was there to talk with organisers about
bringing the conference to the Cayman Islands
in 2011, as well as meeting potential developers.
“The premier attended the Caribbean
Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference in Puerto Rico at the invitation the
Cayman private sector representatives to have talks with two developers and to
meet with the organisers of the CHTIC to discuss the possibility of Cayman
hosting the next CHTIC,” confirmed Mr. Bush’s press secretary, Charles Glidden.
The conference brings together big
hitters in the tourism, infrastructure, construction and vacation industries.
This year’s speakers in a small but
hugely influential delegate group included Robert Crandall, former chairman of
AMR, Pedro Fabregas, the American Eagle president and Jim Lewis, president of
Disney Vacation Club.
Also in Puerto Rico from Cayman
were Dragon Bay developer Michael Ryan, Mark VanDevelde, Jim Lammers and Justin
Howe of Dart Realty (Cayman), James Bergstrom and William Peguero of the National
Investment Council, and representatives of investment banks and the tourism
Should the conference come to
Cayman, it would take place in May 2011.