Aviation spreads the word


The Cayman Islands will be represented at a major aviation convention in May. 

The European Business Aviation Convention in Geneva is the premier annual meeting place for the industry and is attended by 12,000 people. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, plus representatives from Island Air, Appleby and EU law firms, will be present for the convention, which runs from 17 to 19 May. 

“Our business development model is to promote aviation in general,” said Director of Commercial Affairs Regulation & Administration Nikki McCoy. 

“When we go to these conventions we encourage and invite participation from law firms, financial, the public and private sector. It’s of a collaborative nature between the Cayman aviation industry and us. The ship registry will be represented and we take Department of Tourism materials and material from the Department of Commerce and Investment so that even if we can’t have a physical presence we have the information there.  

“The CEO of Cayman Airways has been invited, because we often get enquiries about how to fly to the destination and so on. We try to make it a well-rounded one-stop shop so that when people come to the shows we can give them all the information they need.” 

It is an opportunity to have discussions with long-standing clients, an interaction that is important because clients appreciate the face-to-face opportunity to discuss opportunities, added Ms McCoy. 

“Trade shows are growing to be such an all-encompassing experience. You are not just speaking to manufacturers or one segment of the sector, you are talking to operators, air ambulances, oil companies, technology changes. 

“When you have people attending who are not aviation industry personnel such as our partners, they come away with a wide appreciation and a well-rounded overview.” 

The authority is also monitoring the booming market in Asia, which is becoming more on the radar as holding potential opportunities. 

“We are getting a lot more interest from the Asian market and in February 2012 there is a show in Shanghai where we are gearing up to participate. It is an emerging 
market for us.”