Versatile travel, news, and sports journalist James Whittaker is the new contact for all things tourism at Cayman Free Press.
Mr. Whittaker’s career began in England as a sports reporter before switching to news on the busy evening newspaper, the Shropshire Star; but soon the Caribbean beckoned.
“In 2004, I moved to Bermuda and worked out there for the Bermuda Sun newspaper,” Mr. Whittaker said. “I had a variety of roles in both sports and news and ended up as news editor. While working in Bermuda, I had the opportunity to travel to St. Vincent and Trinidad to cover the Cricket World Cup, which was held across the West Indies in 2007. That was probably the highlight of my time in Bermuda. I love the Caribbean region, the culture, the weather and the island lifestyle.”
Mr. Whittaker has also freelanced for a number of publications worldwide in travel and what he termed “adventure travel” writing.
“Probably the most interesting thing I’ve done in that area was a piece on free swimming with tiger sharks off Bermuda for Maxim magazine.
“After leaving Bermuda, I spent a year travelling the world, spending a lot of time in southeast Asia and Africa, before coming to Cayman [to work for Cayman Free Press] in January 2013.”
The journalist explained that as a relatively new arrival to the Cayman Islands he felt that he was experiencing the islands “as a quasi-tourist”.
“Attractions like Stingray City, the fantastic scuba diving and events like the Flowers Sea Swim have given me a taste of what Grand Cayman has to offer as a first class tourist destination,” Mr. Whittaker said.
“I’m looking forward to finding out more about what is on offer here and getting involved in some of the issues affecting the industry. I am keen to hear ideas and suggestions from anyone within the tourist industry on the kinds of issues we should be covering in these pages. Tourism is fundamental to the economy of the Cayman Islands and I want to try and continue the great job Joe Shooman has done in covering this beat over the years.”
Mr. Shooman, the previous tourism correspondent, has returned to the UK to pursue his studies.
You can contact James Whittaker at [email protected] or by phoning 815-0003.