CITA: Recruit workers now to organize for border reopening

CITA: Recruit staff now to prepare for border reopening

Cayman Islands Tourism Association officials address a packed meeting at The Ritz-Carlton on 27 May, to give an update on the state of the tourism industry 15 months after the local borders were closed due to COVID-19. – Photo: CITA

The local tourism industry should be recruiting staff now to prepare for the possible reopening of the borders later this year, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association advised its members this week.

Although no timeline has been set by government for when tourists can return to the islands, the industry’s businesses need to be ready to remobilise for when they do return, CITA president Marc Langevin told association members at a meeting on Thursday, 27 May, at The Ritz-Carlton hotel.

CITA leaders, citing the statistic of 120 million vaccinated Americans, are calling for a controlled reopening, beginning with limited numbers of tourists, and increasing those  weekly if it is proven that Cayman can safely accommodate them.

Langevin said this gradual…