The Cayman Islands Tourism Association received the final list of nominations that were put forth to represent the 2013/14 CITA Board of Directors.
The board will be selected at the Association’s annual general meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, 17 April, from 3pm–5.30pm, and will be followed by a networking reception.
The CITA welcomes the public to attend the AGM and learn more about the Association. CITA representatives will share a summary of the Associations efforts through their annual report and state of the industry presentation. CITA members that are in good standing are eligible to vote for the new board of directors to represent each of the tourism sectors including: hotel, condo/villas, watersports, transportation, restaurants, cruise, and allied sector. The allied sector represents numerous areas in the community which are directly or indirectly supported by tourism i.e. retailers, media, arts and entertainment and services etc. With the exception of four seats which receive the highest votes from the previous year’s election, the CITA board of director posts which turn over annually. One CITA board member is also appointed annually by the Sister Islands Tourism Association to serve on the CITA board.
Neil van Niekerk of Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman will be serving a second year on the CITA board and as the SITA president. This year there are a total of nine board seats open with 20 nominees vying for placement on the board. This year’s impressive nominee list show the strength in CITA’s board of directors who are strong leaders in the community, and have an extensive knowledge of Cayman’s Tourism product specialising in a particular sector whether it restaurants, accommodations etc. These individuals are critical as a driving force for the association who have their pulse on the industry.
The annual report and state of the industry presentation at the annual general meeting will showcase the accomplishments of the Association throughout the year. The CITA continues to be the voice of private sector tourism businesses. CITA works on industry initiatives and lobbying efforts on hot topics such as increasing air and cruise arrivals, and supporting pro-business measures such as reducing the cost of doing business and working closely with Government entities such as Immigration to provide feedback on policies. CITA continues to bridge the gap between private sector businesses and the Department of Tourism on events, international marketing initiatives and more.
CITA has fabulous membership benefits such as free listings in CITA’s Map and official tourism publication Key to Cayman (both produced and supported by Cayman Free Press), a website listing at www.cita.ky, ability to participate in CITA events such as Taste of Cayman and the Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange, local promotions such as Staycation and Restaurant Week and much more.
Nominations for CITA Board of Directors 2013/2014
Timothy Adam – Cayman Turtle Farm
Hugh Treadwell – Active Capital
Jo-Anne Brown – Celebrations
Sherry Lee – Cayman Villas – 2nd year
Theresa Broderick – Plantana Condos
Gaetan Babin – theReef Resort
Marc Langevin – The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Brooke Meyer – Holiday Inn Resort
Morty Valldejuli – The Westin Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Restaurant/ Night Clubs
Steven Hayes- Chicken! Chicken!, Breezes By the Bay, Cimboco – 2nd year
Christopher Redlund – Margaritaville
Markus Mueri – Deckers, Abacus, Karoo
Lazlo Boros – Grand Old House
Bert Foster – Underwater Supply
Keith Sahm – Sunset House / Sunset Divers
Ash McKnight – Go Pro Cayman
Brian Krug – Budget Rent a Car – 2nd year
Nigel Mitten – Majestic Tours
Ken Hydes – Camana Bay – 2nd year
Neil van Niekerk / Southern Cross Club & President of SITA – appointed
CITA encourages more businesses in the community to join the CITA and contribute to the success of CITA initiatives and the country’s tourism product. It is a great time to join as it is the start of a new membership year (1 April–21 March). For more information call CITA at 949-8522.
Editor’s note: This is being rerun in full after information was omitted in the article in Friday’s Caymanian Compass.