Tourism association says it is ready to work with new government

The private sector Cayman Islands Tourism Association has congratulated the successful candidates in the general election and reminded the elected members of the importance of tourism to the local economy. 

The association represents around 250 tourism-related businesses in the Cayman Islands. Association president Ken Hydes said that there was already a good working relationship between the association and the Ministry of Tourism and Department of Tourism. 

“It is clearly our view that [the Cayman Islands Tourism Association] is ready, willing and have a membership base that have much to offer in charting the future course for tourism,” he said. 

“We look forward to working with the new government and their fellow MLAs in building on the current success we are experiencing in tourism and tackling the issues that are delaying our sectors improvement.” 

The association represents many facets of the all-encompassing tourism sector including hotels, condo and villas, water sports, restaurants and nightclubs, allied and attractions, cruise and transportation. 

Mr. Hydes told the Compass that the body was ready to work in partnership with legislators on all tourism issues in order to benefit the Cayman Islands. 

Prior to the election, the association had highlighted key issues within the sector with a view to providing greater clarity on the private sector’s position.  

For example, a strong focus for the Cayman Islands Tourism Association is training and development within the tourism industry and this would also be a key issue to discuss with the new elected members, Mr. Hydes said. 

Mr. Hydes

Mr. Hydes