• Tom Drake

Cayman Islands the New Bermuda?

The Cayman Island plan to greatly reduce the number of cruise ship visits in the future. There was a time when Bermuda took the same approach.

As reported by the Cayman Compass, Premier Alden McLaughlin his government had decided not to proceed with the controversial cruise berthing facility proposed for George Town, and building such berths would not be part of the “coalition manifesto” for the upcoming election.

He said this was due in part to the Pandemic as the island has learned to survive with the large number of tourists. According to McLaughlin, he was not suggesting that Cayman entirely abandon cruise tourism, “but we cap the numbers so that our current system can accommodate them in a better way and the experience for those who do visit can be better”.

He went on to say that the government had received a “clear signal” from the business community and local people that they did not want “to go back to the large number of visitors” that Cayman had played host to in recent years. In 2019, more than 1.83 million cruise ship passengers visited Grand Cayman.

Oh well, now there should be plenty of chairs available on Seven Mile Beach.

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