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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.

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.

Government responds to critical report on airport project

A day after the Office of the Auditor General released a scathing report about the cost overruns and delays in redeveloping the Owen Roberts International Airport terminal, government issued a response, explaining why the project will cost more than $10 million more than what was projected in September 2016.

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 arrivals increase in 2015

Last year was another record year for tourism in the Cayman Islands, though growth was marginal compared with the rest of the region.

CarePay trial: Government pays US$1.8M, then asks, 'Where is contract?'

As late as September 2013 – two years after it had already spent the majority of the funds – the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority was still trying to find a copy of the business contract that purported to authorize government to spend up to US$2.4 million on the proposed expansion of the CarePay patient swipe-card system, a Cayman Islands jury heard Monday. 

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.

Airport upgrade to break ground this week

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

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.

Government travel expenses reported

Several government ministries provide travel and credit card-related expenses.

Larger planes start flights to Brac

Cayman Airways is now flying larger, 30-seat aircraft to and from Cayman Brac on a daily basis.

Local weather guru steps up

After 30 years in the industry, local weather guru John Tibbetts has been appointed the new director general of the National Weather Service.

New appointments in tourism ministry

Two Caymanians are climbing the civil service career ladder after recent promotions.

Premier has two-day Brac, LC trip

Premier McLaughlin is off to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman for the latter part of this week.

Tourism director seeks new challenge

Shomari Scott, the director of tourism who started his career as the department’s first intern and worked his way up to the top job, has quit the post for a “new challenge” in the private sector.

Pier project hinges on cruise line cooperation

A project to bring two new cruise piers to George Town will require the direct involvement or support of both Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, collectively responsible for the bulk of Cayman’s cruise passenger numbers.

Tourism chiefs head to Colombia

Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and a delegation of Cayman Islands tourism chiefs are in Colombia this week for a conference and trade show on the cruise industry.

Environmental study for pier project

An environmental impact assessment will form part of the business case for the planned cruise berthing facilities in George Town harbour.

Cruise project takes step forward

The prospect of a new cruise dock in George Town harbour moved a small step closer this week with PwC selected to produce the business case for the project.

New faces on airports, Airline boards

The airports authority and Cayman Airways boards get a makeover.

Most civil service chiefs keep jobs

Not too many changes ahead for the Cayman Islands civil service top management.

Minister Kirkconnell sets ground rules for cruise dock

There may be a few changes made to Cayman's cruise ship berthing plan right away.

Gov’t: Can’t afford to search official e-mails

Government won't conduct a thorough search of official e-mails, saying it would require hundreds of hours of labour.

Report is foundation for cruise port project

A recent document lays out basic guidelines for cruise berthing in George Town.

Port deal could be signed by October

Tourism minister Cline Glidden said contracts to construct the long delayed cruise berthing port could be signed by October.

FOI request on Ritz letters drags on

Five months after being sent an open records request, the Cayman Islands government has been unable to produce all correspondence that allegedly occurred between officials and the purchasers of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, ahead of the public auction of the property 31 October, 2012.

Gov’t pays $560K for Barkers ‘park rangers’

Government has paid a group of 10 people about $3,500 per month to work at Barkers as park rangers.

Cayman's long and difficult berth still causing pain

Candidates in the Cayman Islands elections give their views on where we stand with cruise berthing.

UK consultant offers path to properly procure a cruise dock

A UK consultant lays out guide for 'open and transparent' cruise dock procurement.

No sign of GLF data

The government has been unable to locate any intellectual property for which it paid propective cruise port developer GLF more than $2 million.

Royal Bank welcomes roughly 1,800 colleagues to Cayman

Royal Bank of Canada personnel in the Cayman Islands on 15 January welcomed more than 1,800 RBC employees from around the world and their guests to Grand Cayman.

Cruise industry says tender fee increase a ‘burden’

Cayman officials discuss tendering fees with cruise industry leaders

Bush runs up $350K travel tab

Government spent about $350,000 on ex-Premier McKeeva Bush's travel last year.

Dixon newest liquor inspector

Gavin Dixon has been named the new inspector of businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the Cayman Islands.

Samuel Rose gets Cabinet secretary nod from governor

Governor Duncan Taylor announced the appointment of Samuel Rose, longtime Deputy Chief Officer for Financial Services, to replace Orrett Connor as Cabinet Secretary upon his February retirement.

No court challenge in FOI case

Threats of a court challenge over an FOI records release don't materialise.

Gov’t weighs FOI court challenge

The deputy governor says the release of certain job applicants' personal information is a bit too much openness and transparency.

Shomari’s not acting any more

Shomari Scott has finally been appointed full Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands after acting in the role for a considerable time.

Cayman struts stuff in Panama

The Cayman Islands is wooing people from Central America.

Premier visits National Gallery

Premier McKeeva Bush and other government representatives visited the new Cayman Islands National Gallery recently.

New faces in civil service top posts

Some major changes at the top within the Cayman Islands civil service.

New civil service chiefs appointed

Some major personnel moves in the Cayman Islands civil service were announced Wednesday. 

Here come yon Pirates, scubbers!

Get ye ready, lubbers, yon Pirates are coming to Cayman Islands shores. Arrrrr me lad.

Dress down days help the Pines

Government ministry donates a digital camera to the Pines Retirement Home.

Storm impact studies planned

A new sub-committee created under the 2006 National Hurricane Plan will prepare economic impact assessments, ideally within 45 days after the all-clear is given following the passing of a storm.

Housing costs still high

The Consumer Price Index for the third quarter of 2005 was up 8.4 per cent over last year, and up .5 per cent over this year's second quarter, with housing costs the largest contributor to the increase.

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