Ministers press tourism sector over native jobs

Cayman News Service


CITA Meeting with members of Cabinet

(CNS): The new tourism minister, Kenneth Bryan, and his Cabinet colleague Chris Saunders, the new minister for labour, are publicly pressing leaders of the tourism industry to use the pandemic as an opportunity to change the low numbers of locals employed in the sector and reintegrate Caymanians into an industry that was once a popular career path for local people. At a meeting with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association last week, Bryan said that putting Caymanians back on the front line was a win-win, while Saunders said the goal was to see a substantially higher number of locals in tourism jobs.

As Cayman waits for enough members of the community to get vaccinated so the country can safely open borders, the idea of recruiting locals instead of depending on expatriate workers was at the core of the meetings discussions, according to a release.

“The COVID pandemic has presented us with a timely opportunity to correct the…