Premier: Resort bubble plan proving troublesome, however not inconceivable

Cayman Compass

Discussions around introducing ‘resort bubbles’ as an avenue to boost Cayman’s tourism is “proving difficult”, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.

“I’m not saying it’s impossible,” he hastened to add Friday as he addressed questions on the proposed initiative as Cayman moves closer to its soft border reopening on 1 Oct.

Hoteliers presented the resort bubble concept as a viable solution to enable visitors to vacation safely at their resorts in an all-inclusive-type environment, without mingling with the wider community.

Representatives of The Ritz-Carlton, the Westin and Clearly Cayman, which has resorts on all three islands, met with government Friday to discuss moving the initiative forward.

McLaughlin, in response to the Cayman Compass on those talks at the COVID-19 press briefing, said, “Even hoteliers themselves are finding it very, very difficult as to how a resort bubble would actually work safely. So, we are struggling.”

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