Jobless tourism workers invited to open house

| 08/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): As the future of tourism in Cayman remains uncertain as a result of the impact of COVID-19, local workers in the once thriving sector who are now jobless were invited to an open house session that began on Tuesday and continues Wednesday at the Marriott hotel. The two-day event is aimed at getting people registered with government’s job agency, WORC, and matching them with the few jobs that are still available in the sector.

While staycations and local patronage of bars, restaurants and attractions have prevented a complete collapse, the future of hospitality remains bleak. Even if the borders open next month, as government has suggested, it is clear that visitors to Cayman for the rest of this year will be counted in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands that the sector was enjoying pre-COVID.

Government has tried to prop up the sector by re-tooling and retraining workers, helping businesses transition to serve the domestic economy, and guaranteeing loans, but there are concerns that these plans remain vague and government needs to outline in more concrete terms what it plans to do about the borders and how the return of visitors will be facilitated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    8:26 pm. U are one sensible person, I agree with you, very sensible statement and 100 per cent right

  2. Anonymous says:

    The borders will not open next month. The choice is no Covid or open borders. We have chosen no Covid. It is the right choice. Now can we please all wake up to reality and train for the thousands of construction jobs that are guaranteed for the next two years?

    • John Parson says:

      You are delusional.

      Why would anyone want to buy a property in a mini dictatorship like cayman when there are literally hundreds of other amazing (and way more affordable) places to invest in real estate that aren’t lock down like north korea.

      • Anonymous says:

        And they all have Covid circulating in their populations. Our property market is doing well, including because many wealthy people want into our bubble. There are waiting lists on inbound flights for months to come. Our main issue is a shortage of adequate quarantine facilities.

      • Autonomous says:

        Ironic that you would be calling someone delusional. If this is what life is like in North Korea, then Kim is way under-rated.

      • Anonymous says:

        The market doesnt reflect what you are saying. Many developments are still selling out – pre-sold even and have yet to break ground. The real estate market isnt undesirable to everyone.

        • Anonymous says:

          The reality is that Cayman is wonderful. Our problems may be large, but they are minuscule compared to those faced by the rest of the world.

          We do not have to be perfect (although we should be a damned sight better), but we are a better place to live, work and raise a family than everywhere else.

          We get to go safely shopping in grocery stores without wearing masks. Tell me one other modern society you can do that in.

        • John Parson says:

          The real estate market in Cayman is the opposite of selling out right now.

          And if you actually left this little swamp known as Cayman, you would realize that there is an entire world out there with much better real estate investment opportunities that dont entail an oppressive third world government that makes policy decisions based on fear and not science

          • Anonymous says:

            Trump is basing his actions on science?

            Tell me about property taxes, and capital gains taxes, and inheritance taxes and all the other happy issues that exist in your property investing utopia.

        • Anonymous says:

          And people from the US are buying properties here and in Florida, sight unseen.

          People in this wee bubble of Cayman pay no attention to anything beyond this sand spit. Like they are the only ones in the world.

      • Anon says:

        YOU are delusional. Logically, Cayman prices are probably low right now, and this epidemic will be history by next spring. It is a buying opportunity!

    • Anonymous says:

      Beyond delusional…

      Cayman’s promise was Caribbean lifestyle with 1st world governance and safety. I don’t see that happening now at all. Do you think investors don’t notice, the reports of knife crime, dump issues, theocratic politicians, inability to reopen/plan long term (unlike neighboring islands), weak schools etc etc…

      Pre covid none of this stuff affected them in any way as the they paid their own way and had little to no interaction with the state (own medical insurance, private schools etc).

      Post covid, with a higher level of govt intervention, they are needing to pay attention and to be honest it is not a good look…

      • Anonymous says:

        Knife crime is pretty much idiot on idiot.

        The theocratic politicians will literally be dying out soon. Fingers crossed for some new blood in the next few years.

        COVID is nailed down. Other places opening are all seeing cases surge.

        Schools are slowly improving.

        The dump… okay, I’ll give you that. It’s an utter disgrace.

        I feel very safe here. As for the first world governance… like those shining lights the USA and the UK??? Yes, we have terrible chancers drawing a huge salary for running many aspects of this place, but, I like Cayman.

    • Anon says:

      It was the wrong choice, but I agree that the borders should remain closed until the epidemic is over. It would be a double disaster if the islands had to endure an epidemic now after all that the people have suffered to date.

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