Opening night for the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2011 drew hundreds of people to the Family Life Centre to see exhibits by some 40 local businesses. Organisers estimated attendance in the thousands, spread out over Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“We were very pleased with the turnout over the three days,” said Chamber Communications Manager Roberta Bostock. “I think we probably had 800 people on opening night and altogether 3,500 to 4,000 people over the three days. Despite the rain. Our exhibitors were very happy.” At Thursday’s opening event, Chamber President James O’Neill said the exhibitors “represent the heart and soul of the Cayman Islands”. He urged people to buy from local businesses as much as possible.
LIME Cayman Islands general manager Anthony Ritch said it was exciting to see the latest products being offered by Cayman’s businesses, both small and large.
“Let’s buy Caymanian. Let’s purchase Caymanian,” he said.
LIME was the title sponsor of this year’s Expo. In addition to Mr. O’Neill and Mr. Ritch, Premier McKeeva Bush also helped kick off the three-day event.
First-time exhibitors were EarthStrong, The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Stingray Kisses, Office Supply Ltd., National Building Society of Cayman, and Circle Square Development Ltd.
Tom and Cee Jay Corwin’s company Corwin Industries has partnered with EarthStrong to bring its energy-efficient roof ventilation system to Cayman, promising significant reductions in utility bills. Mrs. Corwin said the Expo was a good place to help spread information about their product via word-of-mouth.
Ana Chin said she thought the 2011 Expo was “bigger and better” than in past years. She said her favourite booth belonged to LIME, who was showcasing its 4G products.
“I like LIME because I love the new BlackBerry,” she said.
The winner for ‘Best Small Booth’ was Mr. Electric of Cayman Islands, an electrical service company. The winner for ‘Best Large Booth’ was the Health Services Authority, for the third year in a row.