Cayman’s high season for tourism is here and Chamber of Commerce president Paul Pearson says it’s off to a good start with the new Kimpton Seafire Resort already at 85 per cent occupancy, two weeks after opening its doors.
He points out Cayman’s overall development is getting a boost which is good for the employment picture.
“I think its going to be a bumper year, a great year for Cayman,” Mr Pearson says looking into his crystal ball.
Cayman’s high season kicks into gear and with eighteen ships in harbour this week alone he seems pretty spot on and that translates to more opportunities.
“There’s work there for Caymanians and we need to get those Caymanians into the particular work that they are ready, willing, able, and capable for,” the Chamber boss says.
He also points out the upward movement is not only being experienced in hospitality since he’s recorded increased investment in his real estate developments from visitors who’ve returned adding “the Cayman Contractors Association are saying between 20 and 30 percent next year, certainly into the double digits growth.”
But the chamber boss says Government has to ensure put systems in place to address the anticipated influx.
“We have to make sure the relative government departments are ready to go, ramped up and ready to go,” he adds.
He says the future looks bright for Cayman heading into the high season and he expects all sectors to give their best, especially the services industry to match the pace.
The latest official data on cruise ship arrivals are through the month of September when we had received just over 1.2 million passengers in port.
As for today, four more cruise ships were expected, bringing another ten-thousand visitors and seven more are expected over the next three days.