Cayman Islands ups C&I focus

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism used last month’s EIBTM as its first opportunity to showcase the island’s full potential to the meetings market. "The MICE market from Europe accounts for less than 5% of total business," said European regional manager Don McDougall. "I would like to see ten to 15 decent-sized groups holding their events on the islands over the next 18 months. However, most of the enquiries are for 2006 and as far ahead as 2008." "The opening of the Ritz Carlton in October 2005 has kick-started a lot of interest from event organisers," he added. Following on from the clean-up operation in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in September, a number of hotels are now in the process of upgrading. The Hyatt Regency is scheduled to reopen in June 2005.

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