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Little Cayman’s new, purpose-built ambulance

Little Cayman receives first purpose-built ambulance

The Health Services Authority (HSA) recently presented Little Cayman with its first new and purpose-built ambulance at the Blossom Village Park

Cayman Brac, Little Cayman each feature two-candidate battles

Sitting MPs Moses Kirkconnell and Juliana O'Connor-Connolly are both facing off against one opponent each, as they fight to secure re-election to represent Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman and Cayman Brac East, respectively.

Kirkconnell: COVID vaccine could drive early-2021 border reopening

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has told representatives of the tourism industry that Cayman could have access to COVID-19 vaccines in December, which may enable the islands to reopen borders early next year.

Gov’t awaits sign-off of funding for tourism worker stipend

The government's Finance Committee is expected to approve funding for a three-month extension of a $1,000-a-month stipend for tourism workers who lost their jobs because of COVID-19.

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.

Tourism accommodation tax waived until 30 Sept

Cabinet has approved that the Ministry and the Department of Tourism waive the 13% tourist accommodation tax from 1 April to 30 Sept. Surcharges for late payment of tourism taxes for the months of February and March 2020 will also be waived.

Tourism minister: Lives come first

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said the closure of Cayman’s borders to tourists was a difficult but necessary decision to keep the country safe.

Kirkconnell: Caribbean tourism ‘stronger together’

During the Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Nassau, Bahamas, the Cayman Compass caught up with Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell to discuss climate-resilient tourism in the Caribbean region, cruise tourism and the benefits of regional collaboration.

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell makes his case for cruise piers

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has been one of the leading figures in the push for a cruise berthing facility in Grand Cayman. In a featured interview, we asked him to answer some of the key questions around the development and explain why he believes it is in the island’s best interest.
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Deputy premier’s mother passes away

Zita Foster Kirkconnell, 92, the mother of Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, passed away on Wednesday morning.

The issue explained: What gov’t has said about the port deal

Government held a press conference Monday to outline details of the planned cruise and cargo port project. Premier Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, Chief Officer in the Ministry of Tourism Stran Bodden and Project Manager Peter Ranger gave details of the project and answered questions from the media.

New ‘gateways’ drive tourism growth

When Southwest launched its inaugural flight from Baltimore last month, it also opened the 25th gateway airport for the Cayman Islands.

Deputy premier reports fake social media pages

The Office of the Deputy Premier notified the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s Financial Crime Unit and the Cyber Crime Team of a recent surge in fraudulent social media pages that have been contacting constituents and friends in Cayman and overseas.

Deadline for cruise pier bidders

Final bids from companies vying to build the new cruise and cargo facility in George Town harbour are expected to be submitted to government Friday.

EDITORIAL – A sustainable future for Cayman Brac

For all Grand Cayman’s explosive growth over the past few decades, the Sister Islands have remained relatively unchanged. Whether that is desirable is an open question, as the Compass’ fascinating overview of Cayman Brac, published last Friday, clearly shows.

Morritt’s Tortuga Club celebrates 30 years

Wednesday was the best day of David Morritt’s life. Morritt said that multiple times during his Morritt’s Tortuga Club 30th anniversary event in East End, where dozens of people gathered at the timeshare resort property to celebrate.

Rival carnivals to merge in 2020

Next year, instead of two separate carnivals staged a couple of weeks apart, the Batabano and CayMAS parades will be held on the same day, the government announced on Friday.

TripAdvisor names Cayman Airways best Caribbean airline

Travel website TripAdvisor named Cayman Airways the best Caribbean airline in its 2019 Travellers’ Choice Awards. The national carrier was also awarded the title of top Speciality and Leisure Airline within North America.

Same-sex marriage: What your representative said on the issue

Cayman Islands legislators unanimously backed a private members’ motion last week supporting government to appeal the decision by the chief justice that legalised same-sex marriage to the “full extent of the appeals process”.

Cayman Airways mulls options to address grounded 737 Max 8s

With there being no timeline for its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets to return to the sky, Cayman Airways is looking at “all options” to make sure airlift here remains uninterrupted, according to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.

Another month, another record for tourism numbers

The Cayman Islands recorded another record month for stayover tourism in February, with nearly 45,000 visitors arriving on the islands. The figure is an increase of more than 12 percent on the same period last year, which was itself a record.

Prince opens ‘people’s airport’

“This is truly the people’s airport,” Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell declared as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new expanded terminal Wednesday.

Royal couple opens ‘bigger, better’ airport

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Cayman’s new airport terminal in front of a large crowd of dignitaries and well wishers Wednesday afternoon.

Tourism dreams big with new ad campaign

An elegantly dressed couple salsa dances in the natural amphitheater of Cayman’s Crystal Caves. A mermaid in a flowing emerald dress is trailed by sea turtles as she swims over a coral reef. The full moon illuminates a woman perched on the shoulders of a giant blue iguana as it gazes out across the ocean.

EDITORIAL – A new day for Le Soleil D’Or and the Brac

Cayman Brackers and the rest of us received welcome news last week with the announcement that the Dart organization is in the final stages of completing the purchase of the luxury Le Soleil D’Or on the Sister Island.

Airbnb brings in 14,600 guests in 2018

Peer-to-peer rental service Airbnb is growing in popularity in the Cayman Islands. Last year, 340 local Airbnb hosts drew 14,600 guests to the islands. On average, visitors stayed for about six days, according to data released by Airbnb.

Record arrivals for Cayman in 2018

Nearly 2.4 million visitors arrived in the Cayman Islands in 2018, the highest number recorded for a single year.

10 new government buildings planned for Brac

Ten government-led construction projects are planned on Cayman Brac in early 2019, including new customs and immigration buildings, a new planning, lands and survey building, and a new vehicle inspection center.

Cayman on pace for new high in stay-over tourism in 2018

Cayman was on track to surpass last year’s number of stay-over visitors, with 410,984 such visitors coming to the territory through Nov. 30, according to the Department of Tourism.

Christmas boost for thousands of government workers

Thousands of workers are effectively getting a Christmas bonus with the news that government has sanctioned cost of living salary adjustments for the majority of statutory authorities and government companies.

Brac cruise port plan considered

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell confirmed government is in talks over the possibility of bringing a cruise port to Cayman Brac.

CAL’s new Boeing MAX 8: To the Brac and back

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took a ‘sightseeing tour’ of Little Cayman and the Brac before setting down at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport

Tourism conference considers future of work

The tourism industry needs to focus on creating “quality jobs” rather than just quantity, delegates at a Caribbean Tourism Organization conference heard Wednesday.

Cayman Airways new planes could add $10M to annual costs

Government is likely to have to inject significantly more cash into Cayman Airways to help fund the cost of its new fleet of aircraft at a time when the airline is suffering from falling revenues, legislators heard Thursday.

Record tourist arrivals edge toward 2 million

Nearly 2 million tourists arrived in the Cayman Islands by air and sea in the first ten months of 2018 – the highest number in history.

Tourism minister quizzed over port campaign spending

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has denied that any public funds were spent on advertising that suggests signing the petition for a referendum on the cruise port amounts to a no-vote for the project.

Poor compliance on government travel, credit card transparency

Very few government ministries have complied with a transparency requirement to proactively publish credit card and travel expenses for senior officials.

Cruise port meeting: Officials questioned over pier project

A panel of government officials fielded dozens of questions over the controversial cruise berthing project Wednesday night but were unable to give specific information about the cost of the piers, the funding formula and the identities of the bidders.
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EDITORIAL – An easy call: Deal directly with the media

Decades ago, the editor in chief of “D” (Dallas) Magazine, who now holds the same title at the Compass (talk about a career stall), answered the phone at his desk. He regretted it immediately.

Motion on cruise berth referendum defeated

A private member's motion calling for a referendum on the controversial cruise berthing project was voted down by government members after a lengthy debate in the Legislative Assembly.

Airport upgrade nears final stages

The final beam on the distinctive arch of Cayman’s new airport was lowered into place Tuesday, marking another milestone in the project.

EDITORIAL – More input sought on tourism plan: Here’s ours

Let us dare state what the report did not address (other than acknowledging its existence): This country has yet to resolve whether its future lies in being a high-end stay-over jurisdiction or a mass-market cruise ship destination.

Cayman Airways celebrates 50 years

Cayman’s national airline celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday.

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.

Minister: Tourism’s record streak set to continue

After record-breaking tourism figures in the first half of 2018, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell expects growth to continue through the end of the year.

MAIL CALL: Beach thefts

Recent thefts from tourists on Grand Cayman’s beaches has some worried about our islands’ reputation as a safe and beautiful vacation destination. As Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said, such petty crimes strike “at one of the core pillars of the Cayman Islands economy and cannot be tolerated.”

Push for more Sister Islands breast cancer support

Kathy Kirkconnell, wife of MLA Moses Kirkconnell, is joining the Breast Cancer Foundation of Cayman as a volunteer who will head up a new effort to better serve breast cancer patients and survivors on the Sister Islands.

Letter: Prioritize safety

Safety and security of visitors while in the Cayman Islands is paramount and key to the desirability of “Caymans” as a world tourist destination.

Lee Selisky named as Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2019 inductee

The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame board of directors has announced Lee Selisky, founder and CEO of Sea Pearls, as the first member of its 2019 induction class.

Airport upgrade cost will not be made public until 2019

Though officials have confirmed that the price of the Owen Roberts International Airport upgrade will exceed its original $55 million estimate, the project’s final cost will not be made public until 2019.

Cayman Airways to go west in search of new tourists

Cayman Airways will begin flying direct to the western United States early next year, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell told business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast briefing Wednesday.

Airport terminal overhaul to exceed $55 million budget

When government unveiled the first glimpse of the Owen Roberts International Airport upgrade in December, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said that the project was on target to meet its $55-million budget.

Compass investigation: Dissecting the airport bottleneck

Even amid intense construction on a new terminal that will triple capacity, passengers have begun to question if Cayman’s multi-million dollar airport upgrade goes far enough.

Cayman makes deal with Airbnb

The Cayman Islands has become the latest destination to embrace Airbnb, the company which started as an informal couch surfing service and was once considered a threat to traditional tourism businesses and to government coffers.

Cayman seeks to embrace tourism boom

Leveraging record tourism arrivals to create greater jobs and business opportunities for Caymanians is among the key aims of a new five-year plan for the industry, according to Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell.

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.

Despite new arrivals hall, hours-long wait at airport

Some of the first visitors through the Cayman Island’s new airport arrivals hall waited for hours in immigration lines that stretched from the steps of the plane to the new building.

Cayman and Jamaican tourism ministers meet

Tourism ministers for Cayman and Jamaica – Moses Kirkconnell and Edmund Bartlett, respectively – met last week to discuss opportunities for collaboration on tourism and aviation connectivity.

EDITORIAL – Blue skies ahead: Record arrivals fill local coffers

The cruise industry, along with stayover travel, are the two legs upon which Cayman’s hospitality sector stands.

JetBlue announces new Fort Lauderdale route

Low-cost airline JetBlue has announced plans for a daily flight between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Cayman, starting in October.

Busiest November on record for air arrivals

More tourists arrived in the Cayman Islands by air last month than in any other November on record, tourism officials announced Wednesday.

First glimpse of new $55 million airport upgrade

Airport bosses unveiled the first element of the facility’s $55 million upgrade Friday, and then targeted completing the job by next Christmas.

5,700 passenger mega-ship will tender in Cayman

MSC Cruises has announced it will bring its new 5,714 passenger mega-ship – the fourth-largest cruise ship in the world – to the Cayman Islands from 2019.

Basketball tournament made ‘sports tourism’ impact

Government, hoteliers and organizers of the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic basketball tournament believe the event has provided a timely boost to tourism just ahead of high season.

Coral relocation for piers to begin next year

The feasibility of relocating live coral reefs to make way for new cruise piers in George Town harbor will be put to the test in a trial excavation next year.

Brac road paving continues

There are no plans to bring road paving equipment back from Cayman Brac in the near future, despite concerns from legislators that the lack of similar machinery was driving up the cost of road development in Grand Cayman.

Tourism minister defends port project, calls criticism ‘fake news’

Dismissing Opposition criticism of the cruise port project as “fake news,” Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell denied the anticipated cost of building two new piers in George Town harbor had spiraled to $300 million.

Record summer as tourism figures soar

Air arrival figures continued to soar in July and August, with tourism officials predicting the Cayman Islands could see year-end visitor numbers in excess of 400,000 for the first time in 2017.

Cayman on target for 400,000 air arrivals

Tourist air arrivals are continuing to increase, with the Cayman Islands on course to attract a record number of more than 400,000 visitors this year.

Campaign donors partially revealed

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital founder Dr. Steve Tomlinson contributed more than $194,000 to 10 political candidates during the final eight weeks of Cayman’s 2017 general election campaign.
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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.

Councilors named for Cayman government

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced on Thursday the assignments of three recently elected legislators as councilors in the Cayman Islands government.

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