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Additional police officers have been seconded to the George Town waterfront amid an influx of cruise ship visitors.
Southwest Airlines will begin flying direct between Grand Cayman and Houston, Texas, next summer. The airline, which launched a direct flight between the island and Fort Lauderdale earlier this year, made the announcement this week.
Four young women will be taking part in the annual Pirates Week Festival Queen Costume competition this weekend. The contest will take place Friday at 7:15 p.m, at Harbour Drive. The evening will also feature a fireworks display at the harborfront at 8:30 p.m.
Senior government officials and representatives from Cayman’s tourism industry are attending the 24th annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference in Merida, Mexico.
Alma McKenzie, senior tourism training and development officer for the Department of Tourism, retired this month after 27 years of service focusing on the development of youth and infusion of tourism education into the schools’ curriculum.
The top 16 tourist destinations in the Caribbean increased on average about 2.5 percent so far this year, down from more than 6 percent for each of the past two years.
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.
Cayman Islands tourism sector managers fear “skyrocketing turnover” within the next year, following government’s decision to set a cutoff date for when workers can receive cash refunds from their retirement accounts.
Cayman Islands developer Joe Imparato will design and build a 100-room clubhouse and lodge as part of the Arnold Palmer-branded Ironwood golf resort planned for the eastern districts.
Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach has been voted the best beach in the Caribbean, according to a reader survey by the Caribbean Journal for 2016.