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The Ministry of Tourism and the University of the West Indies will update the research on how many visitors travel to Cayman for pirate’s week.

The research will follow the economic impact of the celebrations in a thorough study which hasn’t been done since 2002. in a press conference today Executive Director of Pirate’s Week Melanie Mcfield said now is the time for an upgraded research.

“That was the last time an actual full fledged economic impact assessment was conducted so obviously there’s time for another one to be conducted”, Ms. Mcfield said.

Organisers said the nighttime parade introduced last year will be brought back.

Pirates Week begins in little Cayman on the 4th of November in Grand Cayman on November 10th and Cayman Brac on November 25th.

In a separate Press Conference today about The heroes of Cayman tourism, Deputy Premier Moses KirkConnell said that whether it’s pirates week or other events, he does not expect the presence of Zika cases to hamper Cayman’s tourism industry.

“MRCU is working and it lets them when they are making the decision have the ability to compare us as a regional destination which they will be comparing with three or four other small island nations and I must say that we stack up extremely well,” Mr. Kirkconnell said.

Mr. KirkConnell said Cayman is doing what’s necessary to protect public health and the country’s standing as an international destination.

Nominations for Cayman’s Tourism Heroes are being taken until the 30th of September for a variety of tourism heroes from the early years to the present time and a range of other honours to be handed out on the 23rd of January.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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