Spotts Bay getting facelift

Plans to upgrade the Spotts Bay
cruise landing site are under way.

The Cayman Islands government told
the Compass that it will be working over the next few weeks with the
Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to agree on practical ways to better the
experience of cruise visitors.

Acting Director of Tourism Shomari
Scott said improving things is a priority before berthing piers are available,
particularly at the alternative landing site, Spotts Bay in Prospect, where
ships are diverted should weather make it impossible for them to dock in Hog
Sty Bay.

“The areas of attention will
include ground surfacing, improving the rest room facilities, improving the
current docking facility and providing shaded areas, which offer protection
from sun and rain. The plans will then be presented to the Florida-Caribbean
Cruise Association for their comments,” he said.

Local operators

Cline Glidden of the Ministerial
Council for Tourism and Development confirmed that the wide-ranging talks are
also designed to ensure that cruise tourism remains a large and important part
of the tourism industry.

“[We are working together] to
ensure that the Cayman Islands will continue to remain a strong port of call
for current and new ships from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s
member lines. Cruise berthing will play an important role in securing our
ongoing strategic position and will significantly improve the guest’s experience
for our cruise visitors.

“In each and every meeting with the
FCCA, we are working to facilitate new business or increase the existing
business to local operators. The Ministerial Council and Department of Tourism
are committed to the success of the Cayman Islands as a leading Caribbean
cruise destination and committed to our local businesses involved in tourism.”
The cruise association’s president, Michele M. Paige, confirmed that talks were
ongoing and that one of her association’s key tenets is that all private
businesses that are associated with the port, including tour operators, taxi
drivers and shopkeepers, would be adequately informed as to their part in the
process.

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