The numbers are in, and the Ministry of Tourism said total tourism visitor impact, accounting for both air and cruise arrivals, is up more than 5% over the previous year.
Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell briefed the media on the numbers, and provided updates on the country’s two biggest tourism infrastructure projects Wednesday afternoon at an informal press roundtable event in the cabinet office.
“From July 2015 to June 2016, total visitor expenditure which includes air and cruise arrivals, was $574 million CI,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.
In addition to new tourism figures, Mr. Kirkconnell announced that a civil engineering tender has been awarded for an updated cruise berthing facility design.
“Government will be acquiring the necessary information to speak from an informed position regarding the cost of the overall project,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.
He told reporters moving the piers into deeper water will lessen environmental impact of the port project, but likely push the price tag from $150 million to somewhere in the $190 million neighborhood.
Over at Owen Roberts International Airport, Mr. Kirkconnell was proud to announce phase one is complete, on time and on budget. He said it’s now on to phase two.
“That includes the expansion of the arrival areas, the departure lounge, and a new check in lobby,” he said.
He told Cayman 27 the $42.5 million phase two work should be complete by late 3rd quarter of 2018.