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Five Mile Capital to sell Ritz

Five Mile Capital to sell Ritz

| 10/04/2016 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The company which bought the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman from the developer Micheal Ryan in 2012 is planning to sell the five-star resort. Five Mile Capital Partners LLC has decided to list the 356-room hotel and 136-acre property, and according to local real estate brokers, it is in the early stages of marketing the five-star […]

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Tourism minister minimises room loss news

Tourism minister minimises room loss news

| 17/03/2016 | 1 Comment

(CNS Business): Cayman’s tourism minister minimised the loss of 53 rooms in the heart of Seven Mile Beach, as he reacted to the closure of the Beach Suites, as well as the sale of that property and the related former Hyatt site to Dart Realty (Cayman). Although Dart has no immediate plans to do anything with the hotel, […]

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Dart buys Hyatt, Beach Suites to close

Dart buys Hyatt, Beach Suites to close

| 16/03/2016 | 44 Comments

(CNS Business): Dart Realty (Cayman) has acquired another major piece of property in Grand Cayman’s popular tourist area and where the current hotel operation is set to close down in six months. The island’s largest landholder has bought Beach Suites and the former Hyatt Resort, as well as the Britannia Golf Course but the firm has not revealed […]

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DoT goes back to basics with new TV campaign

DoT goes back to basics with new TV campaign

| 02/02/2016 | 22 Comments

(CNS Business): As many Americans sweep snow off their driveways, the Department of Tourism has launched a new television advertising campaign in the United States that goes back to promoting the basics of Cayman’s beautiful beaches and water. The brand image of ‘Caymankind’ has evolved in the new promotion, which the DoT hopes will help 2016 […]

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Brac hotel upgraded, renamed and ‘reimagined’

Brac hotel upgraded, renamed and ‘reimagined’

| 18/01/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Following major renovations made to the Little Cayman Beach Resort in 2009, which resulted in raising the occupancy to 85% in 2015 – an increase of about 20% since 2008 – the owners have now turned their attention to the Cayman Brac Beach Resort, formerly the Brac Reef. Phase one, a large free-form pool […]

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Arrivals soar to new record highs

Arrivals soar to new record highs

| 13/01/2016 | 4 Comments

(CNS): Over 2.1 million visitors arrived in Cayman during 2015, making it, as expected, another record-breaking year. Both cruise and air arrivals were up during the last twelve months, with 385,379 total air arrivals, a marginal 0.67% increase over 2014. However, this was not only the most arrivals since records began but the ?th year in […]

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Tourism on track for another record-breaking year

Tourism on track for another record-breaking year

| 07/01/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS Business): The number of tourists visiting the Cayman Islands by air increased again in November, placing the destination on track for another record-breaking year for stay-over tourism. Despite a few dips in the summer months in 2015, the very marginal increase in November keeps the arrival figures on the plus side. The 0.24% increase on […]

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CAL begins Brac-Cuba flights

CAL begins Brac-Cuba flights

| 14/12/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS Business): Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) has launched the first international flight to and from Holguin, Cuba, and expanded its Miami service to Cayman Brac. The flight to the eastern end of the island nation is designed to complement the airline’s existing flights between Havana and Grand Cayman, and the airline expects some Havana passengers, many […]

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Hotel lease extension nets $13.4M for public purse

Hotel lease extension nets $13.4M for public purse

| 03/12/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS Business): Government is expecting to collect $13.4 million from the owners of the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa after talks regarding the extension of the hotel’s lease for the crown land it stands on were completed. Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts told the Legislative Assembly that the report on the lease […]

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CAL’s new Saab christened into fleet

CAL’s new Saab christened into fleet

| 16/11/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS Business): Cayman Airways’ new Saab 340B+ aircraft was formally christened on Friday 13 November at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) on Cayman Brac. The airline said that the 34-seat aircraft will be phased into service between Grand Cayman and the Brac this month, replacing the 30-seat Embraer E120, which has operated under a […]

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Dart names Kimpton resort ‘Seafire’

Dart names Kimpton resort ‘Seafire’

| 13/11/2015 | 2 Comments

(CNS Business): The ten-storey hotel and residency resort built by the Dart Realty (Cayman) on the former site of the Courtyard Marriott on the West Bay Road has been named the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. Dart Realty CEO Mark VanDevelde said the countdown to the opening of the luxury resort, scheduled for November 2016, had started with the naming […]

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Cayman to get another shot of Margaritaville

Cayman to get another shot of Margaritaville

| 11/11/2015 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The Treasure Island hotel in the heart of Grand Cayman’s tourist district is to become a full-scale Margaritaville Resort, new owners have said. Howard Hospitality Group (HHG) has bought the site, which was on sale for just over $15 million, and said it is already planning a major redesign and renovation of the building to […]

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Summer visitors fall but annual figures remain steady

Summer visitors fall but annual figures remain steady

| 08/11/2015 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Although the Cayman Islands saw a dip in arrival numbers this summer by air and sea compared to last year, so far the overall figures for both cruise passengers and overnight guests are still higher this year than 2014, a year in which Cayman recorded its highest number of overnight visitors since records began. Between […]

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Airport begins search for builders

Airport begins search for builders

| 14/10/2015 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Airports Authority has started the process to find a general contractor to undertake the renovation and expansion of Owen Roberts International Airport terminal. Airport officials said the first step is to prequalify general contractors for the second but main phase of the project. This contract will be for the terminal building, including approximately […]

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B&B hosts to face daily fines after amnesty

B&B hosts to face daily fines after amnesty

| 13/10/2015 | 24 Comments

(CNS Business): Unlicensed property owners subletting guest rooms, apartments or houses to tourists have been given until the end of the year to comply with the licensing and fee regime before government begins issuing daily $100 fines, officials from the Hotel Licensing Board have said. An amnesty, which began on 1 October, will last until […]

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