The Cayman Islands Tourism Association and Department of Tourism are preparing to host the largest dive familiarisation trip in the world from 7-9 November.
According to the association, Scubabowl is held every few years, and is geared toward dive travel marketing professionals who bring groups to the Cayman Islands for dive vacations. While on island, participants are treated to a host of experiences; informative sales-focused seminars, first-hand experience of the underwater offerings of the Cayman Islands, site inspections and social networking events.
All this allows the delegates to learn about the Cayman Islands so they can sell the Cayman Islands with confidence, said the tourism association.
This year’s events
This year, some of the events for delegates include a lion fish hunt and cookout, a Kittiwake dive, the Underwater Film Festival presented by Allan Power, Andre Laban, Howard and Michele Hall and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Inductees include Andre Laban, who is known for his underwater paintings, Howard and Michele Hall, who are among the top underwater film makers in the world, and Clement Lee, who is being recognized for his contributions to the dive industry in southeast Asia.
The farewell party is the launch of the Official Watch of the Kittiwake by Oris Watches. The party, sponsored by Oris and Island Companies, will be the unveiling of the prototype of this limited edition piece. Part proceeds from the sale of this watch will benefit the Kittiwake Environmental Contingency Fund.
Delegates far and wide
Although Scubabowl takes place during a three-day period, delegates – expected to come from far and wide, including Cayman’s traditionally strong north American market – are encouraged to extend their visit with add-on options to one or more of the three islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Held on the heels of the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association trade show, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, this will be the 10th Scubabowl hosted in Cayman, said Trina Christian of the association.
“The application period was extended until 21 August so that we could ensure that it was qualified people who would have the chance to come down. Our selections will be made and those successful notified by the start of September,” she said.
“There’s also a photo competition around the theme of the Kittiwake and although the Scubabowl is scheduled for November, there is no reason why people cannot start to take shots of the vessel above or below the water right now.”
Contact CITA at 959 8522.