Travel trade professionals from around the globe convened in Grand Cayman to receive the latest updates about the Cayman Islands.
Held from 30 April to 2 May, the Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange comprised more than 100 participants, representing three international media partners, 15 travel trade buyers, 21 local tourism-related companies, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. Participants this year came primarily from the United States with other delegates from the Caribbean and Argentina.
Overseas delegates enjoyed three days on island, meeting with local suppliers, forging new business relationships and enjoying on-island excursions to experience the Cayman Islands first-hand.
The welcome reception took place on Palm Island at Camana Bay and marketplace meetings were held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on the Wednesday, 1 May.
Thursday’s excursion day provided delegates the opportunity to explore Grand Cayman. With the Department of Tourism serving as guides, participants visited accommodations partners for site inspection, enjoyed food at local restaurants and experienced popular tourism attractions and adventures.
These included tasting locally made beer with Cayman Islands Brewery, flying with JetPack Cayman or diving with Divetech.
The Farewell Reception on the final evening was held at Tiki Beach in conjunction with the Le Masque event for Batabano. The venue provided a stunning sunset, a buffet of local foods and fun music and entertainment to wrap up a successful visit to the Cayman Islands for these travel trade professionals, explained Jane van der Bol of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.
“The opportunity to speak with these important travel trade representatives is so critical to the Cayman Islands and our ability to remain as a traveller’s top pick to the Caribbean,” said the executive director.
“We enjoy having them on island and take great pride in showcasing all the great experiences to be had in our piece of paradise.”
The next conference is slated for May, 2014.