The Cayman Islands Tourism Ministry has said that roughly 1.65 million passengers are projected to visit Cayman in 2014
The Cayman Islands Tourism Ministry has said that roughly 1.65 million passengers are projected to visit Cayman in 2014, growing to approximately 1.9 million passengers next year, which would make 2015 the best year for the cruise industry here since 2006. The Tourism Ministry says that cruise passenger arrivals are expected to increase by approximately 300,000 in 2014 as a result of previous negotiations with cruise operators.
With the expected growth, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said that cruise line executives and representatives from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), whom he met at the recent Cruise Shipping Conference in Miami, were keen to hear about improvements in the George Town area for cruise passengers. Kirkconnell said that such meetings help to develop more cohesive working relationships with cruise lines.
While he was at the conference, which is regarded as the one of the foremost events for the development and evolution of the cruise industry, Minister Kirkconnell attended round-table discussions pertinent to the Cayman Islands cruise industry. He was accompanied by Chief Officer Stran Bodden and Oneisha Richards, Deputy Director, International Marketing and Promotions (DOT).
“The FCCA were pleased that the Cayman Islands was represented at the conference, which brings together a vast network of cruise line executives, decision makers, vendors and buyers from all over the world,” stated Kirkconnell. He added, “In addition to having the opportunity to review new products and cruise-based services, it is a leading forum for the exchange of ideas and discussing industry specific innovations and issues with industry practitioners.”
During the Minister’s absence, Councillor Joseph Hew was appointed as temporary Minister by Governor Kilpatrick to undertake responsibility for the Ministry of Tourism and Transport.