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Government weighs removing verifiable vaccination requirement for Cayman arrivals

The requirement to present a QR code in order to demonstrate an arriving passenger has been verifiably vaccinated could soon be off the table for those travelling to Cayman, according to Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan.

Tourism businesses: ‘We are casualties, not villains’

Tourism business owners are contemplating whether to shut their doors in the face of continued uncertainty over the future of the industry.
Seven Mile Beach

Cayman’s tourism leaders condemn delay in reopening

Tourism business leaders have condemned government’s decision to delay the reopening of the border, claiming it is not based on scientific evidence and threatens the livelihoods of thousands of Caymanians.

Gov’t tells tourism industry 80% remains as vaccination target

The government has rejected calls from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to reconsider its target to vaccinate 80% of the population against COVID-19 before launching a soft reopening of the borders to tourists.

Tourism association responds to Cayman reopening plan

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association, while welcoming the government's announcement of a border reopening plan, has raised concerns with a number of elements involved, including the timeline and a lack of consultation with the private sector.

Seaspice gala promises culinary feast

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is hosting a one-night, all-inclusive gourmet gala event called Seaspice on 13 March. The evening of culinary indulgence will take...

Tourism industry welcomes vaccinations, pre-arrival testing

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is urging all its members, particularly their frontline workers, to be vaccinated as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out locally.

CITA hoping for significant resurrection of tourism by Easter

Cayman’s tourism leaders believe the island could see around 25% of visitors return by Easter of next year - if the right policies are put in place.

Ritz-Carlton boss Marc Langevin new head of CITA

Ritz-Carlton general manager Marc Langevin is the new president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA.)
Seven Mile Beach

Tourism industry to discuss COVID impact at AGM this week

At a time of year when the tourism industry is usually gearing up for its busiest season, this year members of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will be meeting to discuss how they can survive and re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Downtown George Town is a quiet echo of its former self

Ask the Experts – Reopening the economy

Around 6,000 workers are expected to return to work in one capacity or another as the first phase of reopening Cayman's economy begins. Retailers,...
Downtown George Town is a quiet echo of its former self

Businesses face grim reality of life without tourists

Business and tourism leaders are preparing for the possibility that Cayman could be closed to visitors until next year.

Ask The Experts roundtable : Chamber of Commerce / CITA discussion

Have a question about COVID-19's impact on the business and tourism industry in Cayman?

88 nominees vie for Stingray Tourism Awards

The 2019 Cayman Islands Tourism Association received 88 nominations for the annual Stingray Tourism Awards, the highest number ever submitted.

Tourism Association hopeful amid taxi concerns

Unfair and inconsistent taxi pricing remains a major concern for tourism industry figureheads.

Tourism awards nomination deadline extended

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association has extended the nomination deadline for the 16th Annual Stingray Tourism Awards to Friday, 24 May. 

Nominations open for Stingray awards

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is calling for nominations for this year’s Stingray Tourism Awards, which recognises the work of individuals and companies in Cayman’s tourism industry.

Taste of Cayman focusses on local culinary delights

The Taste of Cayman Food and Drink Festival returns to the Festival Green in Camana Bay on Saturday.

EDITORIAL – This weekend, dig in to Taste of Cayman

After weeks of waiting, our islands’ appetite is more than sufficiently whetted for this beloved event.

A taste of a Taste of Cayman

The return of Taste of Cayman was announced Wednesday during an islandwide restaurant tour that provided a preview of the main event.

Artist’s lighthearted work highlights Taste of Cayman

Cayman artist Michelle Bryan has been chosen to provide a series of illustrations to help promote the Taste of Cayman food and drink festival, one of Cayman’s longest-running events and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s largest annual fundraiser.

Tourism Association stays neutral in port debate

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is maintaining a neutral stance in the ongoing debate over government’s plans for new cruise piers in George Town harbor.

EDITORIAL – Insuring the future of our water sports

In 2006, a young Cabinet Minister by the name of Alden McLaughlin tabled in the Legislative Assembly a report titled “Safety of Small Commercial Waterborne Vessels.” The report, prepared by the Office of the Complaints Commissioner, noted some “exemplary operators” but concluded that in the absence of sufficient regulation, others fell far short of “acceptable standards” for equipment, operations and crew training, certification and knowledge.

No insurance or qualifications required for boat businesses

No experience, no qualifications, no insurance? No problem. Setting up a water-sports business in the Cayman Islands is as easy as filling out a form and paying a $75 fee, officials said at a public safety meeting Wednesday.

Restaurant Month has great dining deals

October marks an exciting time on Cayman’s event scene with Restaurant Month 2018.

Restaurant Month begins Monday

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s annual Restaurant Month begins Monday.

Jet ski collision on the waterfront

A tourist needed hospital treatment after two jet skis collided on the George Town waterfront Friday afternoon. The incident happened around noon and involved two visitors, one of whom sustained minor injuries, according to police.

Tourism Association presents Stingray Awards

Nancy Easterbrook was honored with a lifetime achievement award on Tuesday evening at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s annual Stingray Tourism Awards.

Letter – CITA: Tourist accommodations regulations necessary, positive

The Cayman Compass editorial on Friday, July 13, 2018, “Getting Government out of the Bedroom Business,” is a not a fair and thorough representation of the tourism accommodation licensing process or purpose nor is their “confiscatory” perspective on the 13% Room Accommodation Tax.

Tourism awards deadline extended

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association has announced that it is extending the deadline for nominations for this year’s Stingray Tourism Awards by a week, until midnight, Friday, June 15.

Nominations sought for Stingray tourism awards

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards, which honors top performers in the tourism industry. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday, June 8.

Quad patrols planned to fight crime on the beaches

Police officers on quad bikes could soon be patrolling Seven Mile Beach in an effort to clamp down on crime against tourists.

Powerful panel assembled for tourism meeting

The heads of the police force, port and airport will field questions from tourism industry figures at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s annual general meeting, Wednesday.

Tourism plan outlined in Red Bay

Tourism officials highlighted some of the industry’s recent successes and outlined a plan to build on that growth over the next five years at a public meeting in Red Bay Wednesday night.

Meals on Wheels gets boost from Taste of Cayman

The sale of raffle tickets at the annual Taste of Cayman festival earlier this month raised nearly $10,500 for Meals on Wheels and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.

Tourism Association calls for review of Sunday dancing, music restrictions

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is calling on government to review 40-year-old legislation that prohibits restaurants and bars from having dancing and live music in bars on Sundays – a restriction that put a damper on parties last New Year’s Eve since that holiday fell on a Sunday.

Cayman flooded with record 39,000 tourists in January

Tourism arrivals continue to soar, with a record-breaking 39,185 visitors touching down at Grand Cayman’s airport in January.

‘All hands on deck’ at airport

Martin Flaemrich was worried about his family’s Saturday flight from Toronto to Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport.

Taste of Cayman turns 30

Celebrating 30 years, Taste of Cayman hit the Camana Bay festival green Saturday evening with one of its largest showings to date.

Taxi concerns persist amid record year for tourism

Tourism businesses remain concerned about inconsistent pricing and lack of a reliable nighttime service from taxis.

Divers clear debris from Kittiwake dive site

Scuba divers removed debris Monday from the wreck of the USS Kittiwake dive site, which was damaged during a storm last week.

Restaurant Month kicks off on Sunday

Going out for dinner, or dinner and a movie, has always been a date night ritual. Cayman is blessed with so many amazing restaurants, that it has been dubbed the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean – which is why Restaurant Month is highly anticipated every year.

‘It keeps washing in’: Sargassum chokes beaches in wake of Irma

Cayman’s business owners are teaming up to rid the beaches of a smelly vestige of Hurricane Irma. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association sent an advisory this week regarding the seaweed and trash that has been accumulating along Seven Mile Beach.

Tourism students and graduates attend networking event

Past, current and new recipients of tourism scholarships gathered earlier this month to network and build relationships. The Ministry and Department of Tourism hosted the annual Tourism Scholar Networking Reception at Luca restaurant on West Bay Road.
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CITA implores government, police to prioritize crime control

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association has called on government and law enforcement to step up crime-response efforts following a recent rash of burglaries and robberies. The association called the crime wave “a grave concern” for the tourism sector, and implored government to prioritize community response.

Tourism Association elects new president, Board

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association has elected Theresa Leacock-Broderick as its new president. Ms. Leacock-Broderick, who previously served as vice president, succeeds Kenneth Hydes of Dart Real Estate.

Pensions Law changes could spur exodus of up to 2,500 workers

The Cayman Islands could face an exodus of up to 2,500 foreign workers before the end of 2017 as a result of changes to the Pensions Law that prevent expats from cashing out their retirement savings when they leave the country, business leaders have warned.

Heroes Day honors leaders in tourism

Pioneers in the Cayman Islands tourism sector were at the heart of National Heroes Day celebrations on Monday as honors were bestowed on more than 400 tourism contributors in George Town’s Heroes Square.

Taxi fares under review; consultants hired to look at rate system

Consultants have been hired to review taxi rates in the Cayman Islands amid debate about the fairness of prices. Options, including the use of taxi meters, will be considered as part of the review. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association raised concerns last month about high prices and lack of consistency of fares.

Public departments closing for holidays

Government offices and services will be closing throughout the Christmas and new year period.
Deputy Director of Pensions Amy Wolliston

Pension law allows double-dip for employees aged over 60

Older workers in the Cayman Islands private sector will still be eligible to access their pension funds when they reach age 60 under the newly amended National Pensions Law, whether they have actually retired or not.

Taxi fares a concern for tourism industry

Tourists are frequently left feeling ripped off over taxi fares in Grand Cayman, according to multiple business owners who warn that high prices are putting off customers and damaging the reputation of the destination.

EDITORIAL – Taxis, taxpayers and tourists: Who’s being taken for a ride?

In Grand Cayman, people have complained for decades about taxis deviating (upward) from the standard rate of fares, picking and choosing who they pick up and where they will take them, and sometimes outright ripping passengers off who have no alternative.

Expecting a good year, Cayman’s tourism industry preps for high season

New figures released by the Tourism Department show tourist arrivals by air and on cruise ships ticked up for the third quarter and for the year so far.

Southern Cross Club owner honored at tourism awards

Eight years in the family business was enough for Peter Hillenbrand to be sure it was not for him. He turned his back on the 9-to-5 life and took the plunge on a risky business venture, taking over a run-down Little Cayman resort.

Stingray tourism award nominees announced

Sixty-one people in 10 categories have been nominated for the annual Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards, which recognize the dedicated and talented workers in the hospitality sector.

Tourism Association to vote for new leaders at AGM

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association will elect a new board of directors and possibly a new president at its annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Taste of Cayman winners and sponsors honored

Taste of Cayman’s Best of Competition winners and the event’s major sponsors were recognized by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association at a reception Wednesday afternoon.

Kittiwake wreck transformed into underwater museum

To mark the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the USS Kittiwake, the wreck has been transformed into an underwater museum.

Tourism Association board to hold election

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is calling for nominations for members to its board of directors.

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