Tourism association seeks election candidates

Cayman Islands Tourism Association president Ken Hydes is considering seeking another year in the job as the organization’s elections loom. 

Mr. Hydes, who has been in the role for two years, is one of four industry figureheads automatically elected to the 14-member board of directors for next year, by virtue of winning the most votes in last year’s poll.  

CITA is currently accepting nominations from its members for the other positions on the board, with a deadline of 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 18. The elections take place at CITA’s annual general meeting on April 22.  

A president is then selected by the new board of directors. 

Mr. Hydes said he had not ruled out leading the organization again. 

“My two terms as president of the CITA have been very rewarding, with much accomplished during this time,” he said. “With that been said, I have not decided yet if I will seek the office of president again and in large part will be guided by the wishes of my peers.  

“Whatever the outcome of the election process is, I will certainly be there to support CITA and its initiatives and programs for years to come.” 

Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks, executive director of the association, added, “We look forward to a team of directors who will work tirelessly to champion the cause of this very valuable industry and the efforts of the CITA. With the fact that tourism contributes to so many other of the traditional sectors in the Cayman Islands economy, it is hoped that we will see a full list of potential candidates poised to contribute.”  

There are 14 board director positions, representing various CITA sectors: hotels, condos/villas, water sports, transportation/airlines, restaurants/nightclubs, cruise related, Sister Islands, land-based attractions and allied. 

Theresa Broderick (condos/villas); Brian Krug (transportation); Steven Hayes (restaurants) and Mr. Hydes (cruise) are all guaranteed spots on the board because of their performance in last year’s vote. 

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