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“KAABOO effect” cited as SMB hotel occupancy soars

Several Seven Mile Beach hotels told Cayman 27 on Monday (11 February) that they are feeling what they described as the “KAABOO effect” and it has made a difference to room occupancy this weekend, with most reporting that they are fully booked.

While some pointed out a high number of bookings was not entirely unexpected at this time of year, the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa’s General Manager said the “KAABOO factor” has made a difference to the make-up of this week’s hotel guests.

“It is a popular weekend, but I definitely think it’s going to change the mix of the people who are on the island and what they’re looking for. The people here will certainly be enjoying something they’ve never had, particularly the ones who come back every year around president’s weekend.”

The President of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association meanwhile said the relationship between tourists’ motives for travel and festival offerings went both ways:

“For a number of years we’ve enjoyed high season, high occupancy for us, so these events just really add to the opportunity. It works together, people who come here for a number of things, this is just an added benefit,” Theresa Leacock-Broderick said,

You can find all the latest logistics information ahead of KAABOO here.

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Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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