Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and a delegation of Cayman Islands tourism chiefs are in Colombia this week for a conference and trade show on the cruise industry.
Mr. Kirkconnell, who is also tourism minister, will meet with industry leaders for talks on the state of the tourism industry in the Cayman Islands, plans for a new cruise dock in George Town harbor and how crime is affecting the islands.
Director of Tourism Shomari Scott and chief officer Stran Bodden are also in Cartagena for the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Cruise and Conference Trade Show.
As well as meeting with Michele Paige, president of the FCCA, Mr. Kirkconnell was scheduled to talk “one-on-one to partners in the cruise industry about Cayman’s tourism product and the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm as an on-shore destination for cruise ship passengers,” according to a press release from government.
Mr. Kirkconnell was also scheduled to meet with other regional tourism ministers to discuss the industry.
“It is important for the Cayman Islands to be represented each year at this conference to let those in the industry know that we are still a viable destination for cruise ships and their passengers,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.
“We had more than 1.5 million cruise visitors last year and we would like to work with the industry to see that number grow.
“Based on current forecast, our cruise passenger numbers are showing steady increase for this up-and-coming season. One way to continue that increase is attending conferences like this one.”
The event is seen as a key forum for the industry and is being attended by approximately 100 cruise executives every year, the release added. It will feature round-table discussions involving a roster of industry experts and guest speakers who are specialists in marketing, sourcing, shore excursions and operations.