If the number of people travelling off island for the Easter holiday is an indication of the economic recovery, then Cayman is about half-way there.
Asked in a caycompass.com online poll what they would be doing for the upcoming four-day Easter holiday, 99 of the 448 respondents – 22.1 per cent – said they’d be travelling off island.
Last year, only 16.2 per cent of respondents said they would travel off island, while in 2007, before the economic crisis started, 30.5 per cent of respondents said they were flying abroad for the Easter break.
As has been the case all three years, however, the largest segment of respondents will stay at home and relax.
This year, 218 people – 48.7 per cent – said they would stay at home, compared to 61 per cent last year and 40.1 per cent in 2007.
“My daughter has A levels shortly after, so we will stay close to home,” said one person. “We checked out Little Cayman for three nights, but felt it wasn’t value for money – that time of the year I suppose.”
“I’m sure I’ll be doing some cooking on the barbecue, but I find that relaxing, too,” said someone else.
“I am looking forward to a little peace and quiet,” said another person.
Thirty people – 6.7 per cent – said they planned to rent a place on Grand Cayman or the Sister Islands.
“A long weekend in Little Cayman – priceless!” said one person.
“Spending time with my family at the Grand Caymanian,” said someone else.
“I hear the Brac has some amazing deals for amazing views and locations,” said another person. “I’m aiming for a true relaxing time in the Brac.”
Only 19 people – 4.2 per cent – said they would go camping, a traditional Easter activity in Cayman, this year. This compares to 5.5 per cent last year and 12.3 per cent in 2007.
“Funds are too tight to spend on camping supplies,” said one person.
“This way I get to spend the day on the beach with my kids,” said someone else.
Another 62 people – 13.8 per cent – said they would be working during the Easter holiday, while 20 people – 4.5 per cent – responded ‘other’ to the question.
“Praising God for his son Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection,” said one person.
“I’m coming to Cayman,” said someone else.
“Wishing I was there,” said another respondent.
“Packing to leave,” said another.
“Doing tourist activities because family is visiting,” said someone else.
“Washing my dog,” said another.
Next week’s poll question
How will you celebrate the Royal Wedding?
Watch it on TV
Have a party
Go to beach
To participate in this poll, please visit www.caycompass.com