Gov’t tells tourism trade 80% stays as vaccination goal

Gov't tells tourism industry 80% remains as vaccination target

Government and Cayman Islands Tourism Association representatives address CITA members on 29 July. – Photo: Alvaro Serey

The government has rejected calls from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to reconsider its target to vaccinate 80% of the population against COVID-19 before launching a soft reopening of the borders to tourists.

From 9 Sept., Cayman will move to the third phase of its reopening plan, adopting an ‘Open Skies’ approach of allowing commercial flights to return here, if the islands have reached the 80% target. Until then, only repatriation flights operated by Cayman Airways and British Airways are allowed.

Premier Wayne Panton, Deputy Premier Chris Saunders and Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan spoke with CITA members at a meeting of the tourism group on Thursday afternoon.

At that meeting, at the Marriott Beach Resort, in a question-and-answer session, the government officials were asked what alternative plans were in place if the 80% vaccination target is not…