Royal Bank of Canada personnel in the Cayman Islands on 15 January welcomed more than 1,800 RBC employees from around the world and their guests to Grand Cayman.
The visiting group travelled to the island aboard the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship as part of a company staff incentive convention. The cruise liner was chartered by the Canadian bank to treat top performing employees from around the world.
“By including Cayman on the conventions port of call list, RBC helped to further expose our tourism product,” said Stran Bodden, chief officer in the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism. “Not only did these participants get to experience Cayman but we gained a platform to introduce our country to a large group of business travellers, many of whom we hope will return with their families for future visits.”
To give the cruisers the full Caymanian experience, the bank arranged to have a few local representatives greet the visitors at the north terminal in George Town. Guests were then invited to attend a Cayman-style welcome party in the parking lot of Cayman RBC’s main branch on Shedden Road. At the gathering, the group experienced local cuisine and crafts along with performances by the University College of the Cayman Islands Performing Arts Programme.
The college programme put on a cultural show that included dance, steel pan and a choir performance. As performing arts studies at the university are growing, RBC donated US$10,000 to the programme on behalf of the visiting professionals. The donation was given to UCCI President Roy Bodden by Suresh Sucokoo, CEO, Caribbean banking for RBC; as well as Harriett Thornhill, regional president, personal banking for RBC and Mitzie Bailey, manager, customer service and operations, RBC Cayman.
“Recognition is a very important part of RBC’s culture,” Mrs. Bailey said. “We reward our employees for outstanding job performance on a consistent basis and are pleased that we can participate in the recognition of employees from around the world with this celebratory event. Our very own Client Care Manager, Basil Scott and his guest was among those also travelled on the cruise.”
More than 70,000 RBC employees from around the world participate in RBC’s Reward and Recognition program. The all-expenses paid convention cruise is the top award in the programme.