DoT drip feed disclosure unacceptable, says Ombudsman : Cayman Information Service

DoT drip feed disclosure unacceptable, says Ombudsman : Cayman News Service


(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has ordered the Department of Tourism to release details of the partnerships and sponsorship agreements it made with various overseas entities to promote the Cayman Islands to potential visitors between 2020 and 2022. More than 18 months after a local reporter made an FOI request for the records, the DoT has still not properly responded but has taken a “drip feed” approach, which the OMB said was “unacceptable”.

The DoT effectively declined the bulk of the request made by a member of the Cayman Compass journalism team, suggesting that the deals the department had made with various sporting clubs and other entities were commercially sensitive and contained trade secrets — claims that Ombudsman Sharon Roulstone completely rejected.

In her ruling, she found that the records would not harm the commercial value of the information or the commercial interests of the parties because the withheld documents, including the…