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Cayman Islands See Fall in Cruise Arrivals

The number of cruise passengers who took Cayman Islands holidays in October 2011 was down by almost half the amount of visitors in October 2010. Tourism officials are concerned with the figures and say that something needs to be done to increase arrivals.

Cayman Islands See Fall in Cruise Arrivals

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) are concerned by the latest statistics for cruise arrivals to the island after recent figures revealed that October’s numbers in 2011 are down compared with numbers recorded for the same month last year.

The number of tourists who took Cayman Islands holidays via cruise ships fell by almost half in October this year and the CITA are keen to get more involved so that the Caribbean destination receives more visitors in the near future.

The former executive director of the CITA, Trina Savage, says that the organisation needs to work with the government about the proposed plans for a new cruise berthing facility in George Town.

Ms Savage explained: “One of the discussions that our board of directors recently had is that we are going to reach out to government because we haven’t been a part of the conversation with what’s happening with China Harbour or we haven’t had a lot of insight into what’s going on with the project. So we’re going to reach out in the near future to say look, we need to be at the table. We need to be part of the discussion. And we need to be part of the solution.”

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The role of executive director has been filled by Jane Van Der Bol, the owner of Cayman Luxury Charter. She says that the island nation has plenty of attractions and projects that this should boost the number of tourists taking cruise holidays to the Cayman Islands.

Ms Van Del Bol commented: “I know the industry. I’ve been in it for the last three or four years on the water sports side. And I’m very excited to see the future of what happens to Cayman. I think we have a lot of great things on the table, in the works –the pier being one of them.

“We have Cayman Economic City coming up. We have Dart expansion and these are all good things for our industry. But at the same time we have tough company out there in the Caribbean and we need to stay on top of it.”

The government is in the process of finalising a deal with China Harbour Engineering Company who will build the port in 2012.

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The Cayman Islands are a fantastic destination for scuba diving and snorkelling activities and during holidays in the Cayman Islands, visitors can explore the beautiful marine environment which is home to the USS Kittiwake, a former United States Navy ship that is now a scuba diving attraction and artificial reef after it was sunk earlier this year.

The Seven Mile Beach is a popular long crescent beach on the western shores of Grand Cayman and is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Cayman Islands.

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