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Empty deckchairs at the Kimpton Seafire hotel lie empty.

Hotels to close but continue paying staff

Cayman’s major hotels are shutting their doors, mirroring the three-week closure of the airport to passenger travel.
With Cayman's tourism industry in free fall, financial services will be relied up to see Cayman through upcoming lean times

Premier: Tourism industry has collapsed

Cayman’s closure of its borders has sent the tourism industry into “free fall,” according to Premier Alden McLaughlin, who said at a press conference Monday that it is now up to the financial services industry to see the country through the upcoming months.
Tourism industry impacted as hotels report cancellations

Virus fears starting to impact tourism

Several Cayman Islands hotels are seeing cancellations amid fears that anxiety over the coronavirus is having a chilling effect on global travel.

South Sound’s Riviera hotel closes without warning

The Riviera hotelon South Church Street in George Town closed suddenly last week, with a bank giving employees two days’ notice before shuttering the hotel and bar and forcing out the dive shop by the end of the week, according to the owner of the dive shop and others familiar with the hotel.

Court denies permission for large apartment building on Seven Mile Beach

In a rare court ruling concerning a planning dispute over a proposed apartment development along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, a Grand Court judge has questioned planning regulations that, heretofore, have allowed for the development of structures higher than seven stories in hotel/tourism zones.

Ritz-Carlton going up for sale

The owners of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman want to sell, and the hotel is likely to go to market in April.

Dart plans children’s resort in new SMB tourism district

A children’s resort is being planned as part of a new tourism district surrounding Dart’s new hotels on Seven Mile Beach.

Hotel rates rise while occupancy drops

Average daily rates for Cayman’s hotels, significantly higher than most in the Caribbean, continue to rise, while average occupancy declines. But the premium price more than makes up for selling fewer nights.

Dart hotel plan hinges on rock removal

Developer Dart Realty is seeking permission to remove “beach rocks” from shallow coastal waters off a Seven Mile Beach property where it is proposing to build a five-star hotel.

West Bay updates: Cobalt Coast

West Bay’s Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites was officially acquired by JEM Holdings Ltd. on Dec. 1, 2015 from owner Arie Barendrecht, who opened the resort in 2000. Dive operations are now managed by Reef Divers.

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