Olympic meets boost economy

The Cayman Islands sports tourism industry gets a welcome boost when delegates from across Central America and the Caribbean region gather here this weekend for a series of meetings.

Around 130 delegates from 32 countries are at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on West Bay Road, where general assemblies will be held until Monday.

The Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees will have executive committee meetings, general assemblies and other associated meetings. Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush and Minister of Sports Mark Scotland will address the general assemblies.

The meetings will be held under the auspices of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee. The major sponsor is the Cayman Islands government through the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture.

Cayman Islands Olympic Committee president Donald McLean said: “The CIOC is extremely grateful for the assistance of the Ministry of Sports, Immigration Department, the Protocol Office, Department of Tourism and the airports authority in hosting these important regional meetings.

“This is an excellent example of the Government and the Olympic Committee working together for the benefit of sports. The CIOC also thanks the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and Tortuga Rum Company for their kind assistance.”

Regional delegates are from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, British Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela are attending. Also in attendance are delegates from countries in the region without Olympic committees, namely Anguilla, Curacao, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos.

Representatives from the Games Organising Committees are also attending and make presentations. They are Vera Cruz of Mexico, who will host the 2014 Central Americas and Caribbean Games; delegates from Toronto, Canada, which will host the 2015 Pan American Games; Guatemala City, Guatemala, who have bid for the 2018 Central Americas and Caribbean Games; and delegates from Nanjing, China which hosts the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

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