Harry Lalli still tourism chief

Harry Lalli was returned
as president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association for a second consecutive
year at the association’s AGM on Thursday night.

The hotelier and
restauranteur was elected by the new board of directors following a secret vote
at the bash at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach
Resort.

Because Mr. Lalli was
re-elected, Stephen Broadbelt remains on the board as immediate past president.
There were 102 voters present or by proxy, which met the association’s 50 per
cent requirement for a valid vote.

At the meeting, executive
director Trina Christian presented the association’s annual report for 2010-11,
which covered the top priorities, values and mission statement plus an overview
of the previous year’s activities. The association has been able to work more
closely with the Ministry of Tourism, she said. There had been an increase in
tourism arrivals but the challenge was to improve numbers to the heights of
2008.

Taste of Cayman had
proven a successful part of Culinary Month and it was gratifying to see that
nearly 800 tickets had been purchased online for the event. The sinking of the
Kittiwake was also a highlight and had generated great interest
worldwide.

Strategy working

Cline Glidden was in
attendance, representing the Ministerial Council for Tourism and Development.
The MLA spoke at length to address elements of tourism including transport,
crime and safety and looking at increasing air arrivals. He told attendees that
Cayman’s air arrival growth rate was actually one of the highest in the
Caribbean region and noted that the increase in numbers from Canada was a
clear endorsement that the strategy in that territory was
working.

The directors for
2011-2011 are:

Hotel: Nadia Hardie
(Sunshine Suites), Enrique Tasende (Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort);
Condo/Villa: Tom McCallum (TheReef), Harry Lalli (Treasure Island Resort) –
Voted in for a 2 year term; Watersports: Rod McDowall (Red Sail Sports), Nancy
Easterbrook (Divetech); Restaurant: Steven Hayes (Cimboco, Chicken! Chicken!,
Breezes by the Bay), Markus Mueri (Abacus, Prime, Deckers) – Voted in for a 2
year term.

Transportation: Nigel
Mitten (Majestic Tours), Brian Krug (Budget Rent A Car);

Allied (Attraction/
Retail/ Bank et cetera): Hugh Treadwell (Active Capital), Tim Adam (Cayman
Turtle Farm) – Voted in for a 2 year term; Cruise: Ken Hydes (Camana Bay).

For much more on this and
other tourism stories, please check upcoming editions of the Caymanian
Compass.

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