Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, discussed possible opportunities for Jamaica to collaborate with Cayman Islands with the President and CEO of Cayman Airlines, Fabian Whorms; Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport for the Cayman Islands, Hon. Moses Kirkconnell; and Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands, Rosa Harris. Noting the common cultural experiences and unique features both countries have, it was agreed that a multi-destination marketing agreement will be signed later this year, to provide a more diverse offering for international visitors.
The ministers also discussed the role of Cayman Airways in enabling connectivity within the region, operating within the concept of the spoke-hub paradigm, to distribute visitors from far destinations such as Russia and China. The meeting took place at Minister Bartlett’s New Kingston office on January 24, 2018.
Additionally, the ministers discussed collaborations in cruise tourism to foster the building out of the strong Western Caribbean Itinerary. Minister Kirkconnell noted that the Cayman Islands is in the process of expanding their port facilities to accommodate Oasis-Class Ships, which will align with the Falmouth Port in Jamaica and Labadee in Haiti.