Tourism wholesalers head to Cayman

Tourism leaders will be congregating
on Grand Cayman next week for an annual trade
show.

The ninth Cayman Islands Tourism
Exchange takes place at Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa starting Wednesday, 19
May. There, a group of travel wholesalers drawn from the United States
and further afield will be in attendance alongside the Department of Tourism
and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

The three-day event features
business sessions, presentations and updates on tourism developments, property
tours, networking activities, appointments and other activities, said the
Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

“The wholesalers will be met by
local tourism operators including hotels, condo/villas, transportation /tours,
attractions and watersports who will provide information on their products and
services directly to the wholesalers during the three day event.

“The local operators’ key
objectives at (the tourism exchange) are to reaffirm existing business relationships
and to form new ones where possible with this important group in the travel
distribution chain. Although the event is largely geared toward properties,
there is still room for other businesses to showcase their products,” said CITA
Executive Director, Trina Christian.

Itinerary

The exchange starts on the evening
of Wednesday, 19 May with a welcome reception at the Governor’s House. Thursday
begins with presentations from tourism officials and opening remarks before
prearranged one-on-one business appointments take up the rest of the day. There
will be a networking function on Thursday night hosted by Camana Bay.

Friday’s activities include a team
building scavenger hunt, site inspections and excursions including a day trip
to Cayman Brac and finally a farewell party.

“Given the present state of the
economy, CITE 2010 is the perfect opportunity to stand out from other destinations
and showcase our evolving tourism product. It is crucial that our travel trade
is given the opportunity to experience first-hand what they will promote and
sell to our potential guests,” said Ms Christian.

For more information contact the
Cayman Islands Tourism Association on [email protected]
or 949 8522

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