Tourism leaders taking time to ‘get it proper’ on border reopening

Tourism leaders taking time to 'get it right' on border reopening

Cayman Islands leaders are taking time to ensure the island’s reopening plan is “as close to perfect as possible”, tourism director Rosa Harris said Friday afternoon.

Explaining the decision to delay the reopening of the islands’ air border until October, Harris said Cayman was reluctant to risk reintroducing COVID-19 to the island. The reopening of cruise tourism is an even more distant goal, with a ban on visiting ships extended until next year at the earliest.

She was speaking during a panel discussion at the Chamber of Commerce’s Cayman Economic Outlook conference on Friday.

Asked what a successful reopening plan would look like, Harris said, it would be “to open and remain open”.

Department of Tourism Director Rosa Harris

She added, “The last thing we want to do it to open and have to close. If it takes just a little longer to get it right, we want to be as close to perfect as possible.”

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