Pirates plunder airport for feedback

Passengers invited to take part in swashbucklers’ tourism survey

Pirates Ramon Torres, Orneil Galbraith and Meena Kheela with a passenger at Owen Roberts International Airport on Saturday.

Pirates usually prefer to get around by ship, but Saturday, a pack of buccaneers pillaged the departure lounge at the Owen Roberts International Airport. It was not gold doubloons they were seeking from travelers, but data.

A survey, conducted by the Las Tortugas Pirates at the airport on Saturday, Nov. 19, was part of a plan spearheaded by the Tourism Attraction Board to gather feedback from overseas visitors, businesses and residents on Pirates Week, according to a press release from the board.

Pirates Week took place from Nov. 10 to 20.

“The Pirates Week Festival is an integral part of local culture, and plays a significant role in the tourism industry in Cayman,” said Tourism Attraction Board Marketing Coordinator Shayma Hamdi-Romanica in the release.

She said the answers from the tourists and travelers would be used to “assess the current status of the festival, identify key areas for improvement and enhance the overall festival experience for everyone involved.”

Almost 400 surveys were collected from the initiative over the weekend.

But it was not all business – participants could register to win pirate swag and jewelry, or a round-trip flight for two from national carrier Cayman Airways.

Ms. Hamdi-Romanica thanked the Cayman Islands Airports Authority for its support conducting the survey.

“It was a lovely send-off for those who flew from overseas to attend the event,” she added.

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