Tourism board moves to Pedro Castle

Plans for more craft artists on site

The Tourism Attraction Board has relocated its administrative offices to Pedro St. James historical site, one of the attractions managed by the board. 

The move from George Town to Savannah took place on Friday, July 24. 

Chief executive officer Gilbert Connolly has assumed direct responsibility for the management of Pedro Castle, taking over the reins from Carson “Dennie” Ebanks, who retired at the end of June 2015 after 20 years as general manager. Assisting Mr. Connolly in this role will be Debbie Bodden, in the new position of operations manager. 

An announcement from the board explained that Mr. Connolly will continue to have oversight responsibility for the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Pirates Week Festival, Cayman Craft Market and the Hell site. 

“The relocation of the TAB is part of the board’s strategic plan to reduce cost and grow revenue,” stated Carla Reid, chairperson. “The board expects that the new management team will increase the admission numbers and improve the events business at Pedro Castle,” she added. 

“Pedro St. James is one Cayman’s most beautiful and important historic sites and I welcome the opportunity to be more involved with the challenges of managing the attraction,” Mr. Connolly said. “Our first priority is to improve the product offering and make it more interesting to visitors,” he said. 

Ms. Bodden elaborated. “This process began last week with the introduction of local craft artists on site, demonstrating the production of Caymanian craft to visitors,” she said. 

Plans are under way to have more local artists on site on a regular basis. Landscaping and signage will also be improved. 

Additionally, Pedro Castle’s two popular exhibitions, “How Cayman was, 1940s-1960s” and the Cayman stamp collection, have been relocated to the Steadman Bodden House on the site. 

“The Board’s next priority is to find the right person to lease the Pedro Café,” Ms. Reid said. 

“The Board’s next priority is to find the right person to lease the Pedro Café.”

CARLA REID, chairperson, Tourism Attractions Board 

The Tourism Attraction Board office has a new home at Pedro St. James in Savannah. - PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE

The Tourism Attraction Board office has a new home at Pedro St. James in Savannah. – PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE
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