Cayman had simply 5,000 guests within the 12 months since COVID struck

Cayman had just 5,000 visitors in the year since COVID struck

Cayman’s tourism industry collapsed amid the COVID-19 crisis. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Cayman had a total of 5,566 stayover visitors in the year since the pandemic began – about half of what the island would see in a single week during normal times.

Though the borders have been effectively closed since the outbreak hit Cayman’s shores in March 2020, there has been a trickle of tourists arriving on the occasional flights that have been coming in from London and Miami.

There have been no cruise visitors during that time.

Air arrivals peaked just before Christmas with 1,704 visitors flying into the island in November and December of last year.

That contrasts starkly with the nearly 100,000 visitors that came to Cayman over the same period in 2019.

The low numbers, published by the Department of Tourism and up-to-date through the end of the first quarter of 2021, come as no surprise, given the impact of the pandemic and the continuing restrictions on travel, including a 10-14 day…