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MoT receives hundreds of additional tourism stipend applications

 The Ministry of Tourism said the process to verify 442 additional stipend applications has begun.

Cayman’s jobseekers look to training options for reopening

Dozens of jobseekers turned out for the careers open day, held 8-9 Sept. at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, to explore employment and learning opportunities through the National Tourism Training Programme.

Gov’t to pay out more tourism-worker stipends

Jobless tourism workers who missed the deadline to register for stipends from the government can still apply for financial assistance when registration reopens on...

Environmental study planned for port design

The final proposed design for the new cruise port reduces the ‘dredge footprint’ of the project by around 20%, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

Turtle Centre clears $50 million debt

The Cayman Turtle Centre is officially debt-free after making the final payment on a $50 million loan. The money was borrowed to build the taxpayer-funded tourism facility at its current location in Boatswain Bay after Hurricane Michelle destroyed much of the old turtle farm in 2001.

Artist in residence program gets foothold in Cayman Brac

A $10,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism is helping to get an artist in residence program off the ground in Cayman Brac.

Caitlin Tyson crowned Miss Cayman 2018

Since she was a little girl, Caitlin Tyson has dreamed of winning Miss Cayman. The model and aspiring actress made that dream come true Saturday night in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Westin resort.

Government: No cruise pier bid finalized

The final bids from companies vying to build Cayman’s new cruise piers are not due until October and a winning bidder is unlikely to be selected until the end of the year, according to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.

Disney brings holiday cheer to Prospect’s Lighthouse School

The Lighthouse School played host to a special group of visitors early this week. Disney Cruise Line made a joint visit along with the Ministry and Department of Tourism to the Prospect school on Monday, spreading holiday greetings to students and teachers alike.

Pageant Beach developer unveils plans for US$285 million 5-star hotel

The Howard Hospitality Group has submitted plans for its third major Cayman Islands project – a US$285 million five-star hotel and condo development on the southern tip of Seven Mile Beach. Michael Wilkings, CEO of the group, said the development on the old Pageant Beach site would include around 250 hotel rooms.

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.

Police seek more witnesses to fatal airport crash

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is seeking additional witnesses to the July 17 auto-pedestrian crash at Owen Roberts International Airport that killed a visiting Jamaican doctor. A 69-year-old taxi driver arrested in connection with the smash.

Tourism Department seeks consultants on Latin America

Tourism minister Moses Kirkconnell hopes an effort to explore air services to South American gateway cities will boost summertime visitors. The idea, he says, is to take advantage of Southern Hemisphere seasons that are the reverse of those in Cayman’s chief tourism market, the U.S. and Canada.

Tourism figures: Record year possible despite slight dip

Stay-over tourism arrivals for 2016 are tracking slightly below last year, though a busy December could still mean a record year for the industry.

Public Beach vendors fined $500, vow court fight

A number of unlicensed vendors operating on Grand Cayman’s Public Beach were fined $500 last month and told to pay up or go to court.

EDITORIAL – Dressing up our illegal beach vendors

As regular readers of this editorial column are aware, we don’t normally advocate for the nationalization of a private sector industry. But hear us out …

Residents: Seven Mile Beach being destroyed by vendors

Unlicensed businesses, carelessly discarded trash and dangerous watercraft operations are adding to a “lawless mentality” on Grand Cayman’s Public Beach that residents have warned is in danger of being “destroyed by a growing horde of unlicensed vendors,” according to complaints filed last week with the government’s Ministry of Tourism.

New scholarships available for hospitality students

Hospitality students in the Cayman Islands have a new opportunity to further their studies in the field at an American university.

New tourism commercials launched

A new tourism advertising campaign focusing on the Cayman Islands’ core strengths of beach, ocean and water sports has launched in the U.S.

Runway extension pushed forward

Plans to begin expanding the runway at the Owen Roberts International Airport to allow long-haul flights into Grand Cayman are being pushed forward.

EDITORIAL – The Tibbetts family legacy continues on Cayman Brac

The grand reopening of the Cayman Brac Beach Resort deserves three cheers — one for each generation of the Tibbetts family, starting with patriarch...

Spotts cruise terminal improvements planned

Improvements to Cayman’s secondary cruise ship terminal at Spotts Dock, including a new visitor center, are planned for January.

From the National Conservation Council

National Conservation Council responds to Compass editorial.

Port politics: 'The Council' comes to life

Flexing its muscles against its creator, the National Conservation Council is attempting to impede the Progressives government’s pursuit of the cruise berthing project downtown.

Conservation Council questions Ministry of Tourism role in pier project

The National Conservation Council has questioned the role of the Ministry of Tourism in pushing for the cruise pier project.

Government agencies all pass audit test

Although some may have scored only a “C” in terms of taking a math exam, all Cayman Islands government agencies have managed – for the first time – to not entirely fail audits of their annual financial statements.

Cruise line mega-ships will not use tenders

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Carnival Corp. have confirmed they have no plans to use tenders to service the larger Oasis-style cruise ships.

Port economic impact predictions differ dramatically

Estimates of the potential economic impact of Grand Cayman’s cruise port project have varied widely during the planning phase of the project.

The 'threat' of the Turtle Farm

World Animal Protection is deeply saddened, but unfortunately not surprised, to hear the latest revelations of animal cruelty at the Cayman Turtle Farm.

Students awarded in regional poster competition

Clifton Hunter High School student Anissa Hoyte and Cayman Prep and High School student Tijana Parker have been recognized for their entries in the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Environmental Poster Competition.

Inductees, honorees to be added to Scuba Hall of Fame

Inductees and honorees to be celebrated at 2015 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame event on Oct 2.

'Gold shovel' mystery solved

Shovels used during ceremonies to mark the start of high-profile projects are not quite as fancy as one might imagine.

Airport upgrade to break ground this week

The initial stage of Grand Cayman's airport redevelopment will see shovels in the ground this week.

An argument for cruise berthing facilities

An argument for why the Cayman Islands needs a cruise berthing facility.

Cruise berthing in Cayman: A history of starts, stops and controversy

A historical look at more than 12 years of starts, stops, controversy and failure in the effort to build cruise berthing facilities on Grand Cayman

Most MLAs not ready to take sides

The members of the Legislative Assembly are not yet revealing where they stand on the issue of whether a cruise berthing facility should be built in George Town Harbour.

Ministry of Tourism on the proposed cruise berthing facility

Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell outlines the proposed cruise berthing facility project.

Mixed reactions to CITA cruise dock opposition

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s announcement late last week that the majority of its members were opposed to the proposed cruise berthing plan has drawn mixed reactions.

CITA opposes proposed cruise berthing facility plan

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is opposing government’s current proposal to establish cruise berthing facilities in George Town Harbour.

Carnival to begin cruises to Cuba in May

Carnival intends to begin cruise trips to Cuba as early as May 2016, when it will become the first American cruise company to visit the country since 1960.

Charles Clifford takes top customs role

A three-year quest to find a new Collector of Customs ended this week with the appointment of attorney and former tourism minister Charles Clifford.

Applause, applause! CayFilm has impressive premiere

The inaugural CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival came off like a well-produced, brilliantly directed and slickly edited Oscar winner.

Archer: Cayman's financial 'freedom' still needs work

The Cayman Islands may indeed emerge from the end of its 2015/16 budget without the United Kingdom needing to approve future government spending plans, Finance Minister Marco Archer confirmed Friday.

Powers of MLAs questioned

Premier Alden McLaughlin insists his backbench MLAs have far more influence on government policy than outside observers may realize.

Hundreds honor Bob Soto's 'well-lived' life

Cayman's legendary dive pioneer, Bob Soto, was laid to rest at the weekend.

Support for lifeguards on beaches

Support is growing for lifeguards and a warning flag system to be introduced on some of Cayman’s beaches to help protect tourists.

Bush, as 'witness,' blasts travel and hospitality audit

Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush says he and certain civil servants had been “smeared” in an auditor general’s review of government travel and hospitality expenditures.

Bermuda takes on Cayman's airport deal

Cayman officials will get the chance to see if the island missed a golden opportunity or dodged a bullet when the UK vetoed plans for a $200 million partnership with a Canadian government company to redevelop Owen Roberts International Airport.

Tryouts for Kickoff set to begin

Cayman athletes have a chance to earn their spot in gridiron history.

Credit card expenses published, hard to find

Government ministries comply - in varying degrees - with directives to proactively release credit card statements.

‘Proud of Them’ honors culinary student

Bethany Ebanks, a scholar and dedicated hospitality worker, is the latest recipient in the Proud of Them initiative.

Government duped over sports event

Two ministries in the Cayman Islands government paid $25,000 each for a sporting event that never happened.

August air arrivals soar to new heights

Air arrivals continue to rise in Cayman, with tourism officials reporting that more than 30,564 passengers arrived in August, a record figure for that month.

Auditor General: $1 billion ‘unaccounted for’

Around a billion dollars of spending in two government ministries remains unaccounted for, the Auditor General's Office states in a new report which questions the competency of some officials responsible for managing public money.

Officials unveil Cayman’s Ebola plan

Travelers arriving in Grand Cayman who have recently visited West Africa will be assessed by medics and quarantined as part of a new screening process designed to stop the Ebola virus reaching the island.

Scuba community to honor 2014 Hall of Fame inductees

Pioneers of the international scuba diving community will be honored at the 2014 Induction Ceremony of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.

Environment officials seek accountability for reef damage

Department of Environment officials plan to meet with the Ministry of Tourism next week to discuss the damage done to a coral reef by a cruise ship anchor, following an earlier meeting with Bodden Shipping Agency.

McKeeva Bush trial: Police examined card records of four others

A senior civil servant told a jury Thursday she was asked to hand over government credit card records for five people, including former Premier McKeeva Bush to anti-corruption officers.

Auditor: Long way to go for financial accountability

Financial statements produced recently by government ministries are still being disclaimed.

Jury pool quizzed on gambling, politics, credit cards

Potential jurors in the trial of McKeeva Bush were quizzed on their political affiliations and views on gambling on Wednesday in an effort to assemble an impartial jury to try the former premier.

Damage to coral reef raises questions

Responsibility for damage to nearly 12,000 square feet of live coral by a cruise ship anchor and chain two weeks ago remains unclear.

Miss Cayman pageant postponed to 2015

The Miss Cayman pageant, which had been announced to resume this year, has been postponed until 2015.

Eight show interest in becoming next Miss Cayman

Eight young women have expressed interest in taking part in this year’s Miss Cayman Islands contest.

Mora surging up world rankings

Cayman’s world-class kitesurfer Jhon Mora has ambitions of one day being at the pinnacle of his sport - and he is gradually achieving that.

Anti-corruption review for travel costs

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of unexplained or questionable travel and hospitality expenses in local government are revealed.

Miss Cayman pageant in limbo

The future of the Miss Cayman pageant, which has not been held since 2011, looks in doubt.

Civil service reduction could take years

The Cayman Islands civil service will face a gradual reduction over the next few years.

Government budgets for 
100-plus staff increase

The Cayman Islands government plans for a modest staff increase during the 2014/15 budget year.

Sandals resort for East End?

All-inclusive resort chain Sandals has confirmed it is interested in coming to Grand Cayman.

West Bay craft market on horizon

Plans are under way for a new West Bay craft market to help bring more tourists to the area, according to the district’s environmental and tourism committee chairman.

Impact of cruise piers investigated

A team of consultants, headed by an international coastal engineering firm, have been hired to examine the environmental impacts of a proposed $200 million cruise ship berthing facility in Grand Cayman.

Tourism to review wedding fees

Tourism officials are planning a review of procedures around arrivals for weddings amid reports that visiting brides are being charged a 30 percent deposit on their dresses.

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