Rules released for ‘global citizens’

| 20/10/2020 | 122 Comments

(CNS): Government has released regulations outlining the rules for the introduction of the Global Citizen Programme, an initiative led by the Ministry of Tourism that is designed to inch open the sector to rich visitors who can work from the Cayman Islands remotely. But government has not given a start date for the proposed programme or explained how it will impact what seems to be an already stretched quarantine and isolation regime.

According to the Department of Tourism (DoT), more details will follow this week with the official launch, but hotel owners and larger tourism stakeholders have already been briefed in private stakeholder meetings.

CNS contacted officials about the opening of the programme and its impact on TravelCayman, which is managing the inbound travel to the islands but they were unable to answer any of our questions.

Officials have previously stated that TravelCayman is carefully matching seats on the only two commercial airlines allowed to fly into Cayman as well as private jet arrivals with the current quarantine capacity and home isolation system. It has not yet expanded the categories of people that can come into Cayman from Caymanians, residents, workers, students, people with family connections and property owners.

Last week a spokesperson for TravelCayman told CNS that travelling to the Cayman Islands is still considered as essential and the current system is not designed to accommodate visitors.

Right now people wishing to return next month are not allowed to even apply to do so until next week due to capacity issues, so it is not clear when the new category of global citizens will be allowed to apply to come in.

Given the strain on the system already, compounded by the fact that many property owners recently added to the list are now waiting to come in, it is evident that, unless this new class of visitor is given some kind of priority status, the home isolation programme will need to be significantly expanded to accommodate them.

The regulations, which were reportedly finalised by Cabinet last week, state that in order to apply for a global citizen certificate individuals must be earning over US$100,000 per year, couples must have a combined income of over $150,000 and families must have a minimum income of $180,000.

The applicants’ income must be generated outside of this jurisdiction and all work must be performed remotely. The regulations also state that a global citizen can stay for a maximum of two years. The application for the certificate must be made to WORC, along with the first 12 months fee of $1,230, which includes one dependent, with subsequent dependents costing another $420 each.

See the regulations in the CNS Library.


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  1. Lies me think 💭 says:

    “The applicants’ income must be generated outside of this jurisdiction and all work must be performed remotely”

    So how does this stop big law firms and accounting firms from further circumventing? I can come and work for one of them and just get paid in my account in the USA or UK so basically, no need to hire a local person!?. Get paid outside from one of their outside of this jurisdiction branch.

    I’m yet to see the checks and balances in place for this to have any meaningful impact on the economy. Trying to attract the wealthy but the fees are only $ 1,230=$102.50 per month…😯🙄🤔. Not only is the amount odd and sounds random, but why not a higher amount if it’s the “wealthy” you are trying to attract? Even some work permits cost more than $1,230 for 1 year. Lies me think!! 🤔

    • Anonymous says:

      Because it’s not allowed under the scheme, you dufus! If you’re going to retort that rules are unenforceable you might as well say law firms could have just employed people all along without work permits and avoided the fees altogether.

      The fact is that companies generally try to avoid breaking laws of the countries they operate in for very good reasons. Neither customers, nor employees, nor directors, nor marketing departments want to tarnish their reputations by being found to be breaking the rules.

      Furthermore the immigration law gives the authorities wide discretion to refuse regular work permits for almost any reason they see fit. If Immigration caught an employer flouting this global citizen scheme, it would be curtains for them for regular work permits.

  2. Anonymous says:

    SMH. The majority of comments on this article are festooned with ignorance. It’s a great demonstration that the “best argument against democracy is five minutes with the average voter”.

    First, there is no possible way for these global citizens to compete with Caymanians for jobs or business opportunities. If they’re here spending money, that’s a good thing for our economy.

    If we have 2,000 of them spending 100,000 in a year on average, that’s 200m into our economy, with multiplier it’s more like $600m THAT WOULD NOT BE HERE OTHERWISE. That’s money that ends up in the revenue of local businesses and all kinds of indirect government revenue that circulates our economy and keeps people in jobs. That’s how an economy works and it is the only viable way to plug the hole left by the lack of tourism. If you think we’d be better off without this… words fail me. If you have a better idea, let’s hear it.

    Second, it’s not taking one dime away from work permit revenue. There is no possible way for local employers to convert permit holders to global citizens. Just think it through for one minute. Do you honestly think the department of WORC are going to switch from deferring and refusing work permits over the most trivial issues one minute to rubber stamping global citizen applications from those same work permit holders the next? You seriously do not understand how that department operates and must never have held a work permit or applied for one. You should stick to your Q Anon flat earther videos on YouTube.

    Could the government have charged more? Maybe. But the low fee is more than enough to cover the work in processing an application and what we need most right now is the spending and economic activity. The right level for the fee is the level that maximizes the economic benefit. It makes sense to make it low enough to be a no-brainer. Relocating here is going to be expensive enough without government milking people for direct fees.

    It’s all upside for the government and for the islands. It’s not that difficult to prove you earn over $100,000 a year and there is no shortage of people that do. The idea we’ll be letting in hordes of criminals is flatly preposterous. Again, you just don’t understand how the department of WORC operates or credit them with any common sense or integrity.

    What these comments demonstrate that is so sad is a) a high degree of economic illiteracy and xenophobia b) a total disregard for the precariousness of the economy and the plight of local service businesses, the hard working Caymanians that own and run them and the people they employ in numbers and c) the widespread sense of complacency and entitlement that comes from decades of economic success.

    I pray these idiotic conspiracy theories are not representative of the views of most Caymanians and that the government is sensible enough to ignore the voices of indignation and ignorance that have overwhelmed this article.

    • Anonymous says:

      So if I’m currently thinking of hiring (and even renewing) for my Cayman branch/firm of my financial service firm I can for the next two years either go through work permit process and pay huge fee OR merely hire for two years from my non-Cayman branch/firm and have my new employee work tax free from their Cayman apartment. How is this not competing when the job in Cayman would have usually been in theory vetted by our immigration? I agree you aren’t competing as you seem kind of too dim to get a job in industry.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ha, good luck with that strategy!

      • Anonymous says:

        Why would the employee agree to this as they take on risk of non-compliance for no benefit, further if you are going to hire them in our other branch they, why do they need to come work in an apartment in Cayman? They could go to Costa Rica or anywhere else instead to work remotely. If you plan to sneak them into the office that is another matter.

        If you are worried about the work permit fees they can be hired to work in Bermuda for an even lower fee under that country’s similar program. If they never come into your office they could be in an apartment anywhere.

        But if you want to risk getting caught committing fraud be my guest and see how it all works out. Maybe you save a bit on permits or the hassle of getting them but this seems like a bother that real businesses wouldn’t go through.

        • Anonymous says:

          How are they non-compliant working for a foreign company? As for living here well lots of people want to live here partly as there are no income taxes in cayman. How do you not know this…you should just shut up.

        • Anonymous says:

          Exactly.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately you do not understand the work permit process. Hundreds of people have permits working for foreign employers. Those permits will be heavily cannibalized.

      • Anonymous says:

        No they actually do not, it is you sir that do not know the law or the process. To apply for a work permit you must have a Cayman licensed entity or resident as employer (mainly in the case of domestic helpers). If you don’t believe me look on the work permit application forms. You need a trade and business license or a CIMA license.

        There was, up till now, literally no way to legally work here for a foreign employer. As a policy the Immigration authorities turned a blind eye to it when it applied to snowbirds etc who continued to work whilst living here, but in that case they were here as visitors and had to leave within 3-6 months, so only an option for the most determined and willing to risk it.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is of course that possibility that if you have a related firm or branch providing similar services in, say, Bermuda, you could simply swap workforces so the Bermuda based staff provide services to Cayman clients and vice versa. For one of the larger law or accountancy firms this would likely result in a saving of several million dollars per year.

      Just sayin’..

  3. Anonymous says:

    On October 18 there was a charter flight to Cuba. Why was it kept in secret?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just another Dumb idea that will change nothing but make it seem like something is getting done. If it works it won’t be much and if it doesn’t the same thing happens. Nothing can save the Caymanian government from bankruptcy except to open up and be like other functional towns. But you and I know that will be the last thing on the list to try. Hotels are now closing. Many other things will follow. Plans to make things look better are underway.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are so many stressed people commenting on this site, including me.

      We should have a party😂😂😂😂

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am paying for work permits that cost between $2,500 and $6,000.00.

    Each person under permit makes less than $80,000.00 per year.

    Why the hell would CIG allow high net worth people to stay here for $1,230.00 annually??

    How is this beneficial for anything?

    The cost should be at least $12,300.00. AT THE VERY LEAST!!!

    This is a joke

    • Anonymous says:

      Basically the same approach to development; people who can barely afford to build a home have to pay all the ever increasing planning and permit fees (increased to take advantage of high end development demand ironically) but the millionaire developers are the first ones to get the discounts/concessions on those very same fees.

      Drain the poor and give discounts the rich seems to be our govts M.O.

  6. Anonymous says:

    What? That’s crazy cheap. I’m a retired dive instructor with PR trying to make ends meet on the island and I have to pay my own Work Permit fee at more than $2,000 KY a year even though I don’t have any income or a job!
    And these rich people can come for $1230 for two of them? If they are earning $100k a year they can afford to pay a lot more than that towards the country’s budget.
    I’m horrified to learn how all the lawyers, bankers and fund managers can now bypass the system and the government loses even more WP income. Ridiculous.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Maybe we can temporarily rename the island Paranoid Island and market to rich paranoid people.

    I don’t think many outside of that demographic are interested in coming to our prison bubble.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Cayman has nothing of value to sell to attract people with grey matter.
    It used to be a nice place to live and save on taxes. Now it is an environmental mess, toxic land oversaturated with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, thousands dead iguanas decomposition matter, medical waste, incinerator emissions ….aerial spraying, lawn care, the Dump’s leachate/burning etc. It all ends up in the coastal waters and air.

    If you prefer not to see it, as if it does not exist, or disregard its impact on health, it is your choice, but not everyone, especially people making big bucks are so careless when choosing a place to live. The first thing they check is its environmental state. Cayman is not Chernobyl, but it could be compared to using different parameters.

    So what does Cayman offer in exchange for “rich” people’s money? Clean and water, the basis of healthy life? Don’t think so.

    Here are the links to refresh your memory and information for potential “global citizens”.

    North sound pollution https://www.caymancompass.com/2010/08/22/north-sound-pollution/

    North Sound pollution increasing https://www.caymancompass.com/2010/04/20/north-sound-pollution-increasing/

    The poisoning of North Sound https://www.caymancompass.com/2014/01/14/the-poisoning-of-north-sound/

    More poisoning https://www.caymancompass.com/2012/06/13/utility-companies-deny-north-sound-pollution/

    Incinerator emissions https://cnslocallife.com/2018/09/emissions-incinerators/

    The Brac’s dump https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/10/02/medical-waste-sewage-mix-in-open-trench-at-brac-landfill/

    Worst sewerage systems revealed https://www.caymancompass.com/2009/06/25/worst-sewerage-systems-revealed/

    Cayman Islands Sewage Treatment Plants Below Par https://www.ooskanews.com/latin-america-caribbean/cayman-islands-sewage-treatment-plants-below-par

    Concerned about pesticides https://www.ooskanews.com/latin-america-caribbean/cayman-islands-sewage-treatment-plants-below-par

    Is pollution monitored in Cayman https://cnslocallife.com/2018/12/is-pollution-monitored-in-cayman/

    Dump pose lung danger https://caymannewsservice.com/2016/05/dumps-pose-lung-dangers-to-nearby-residents/

    STILL believe that you are selling an opportunity to live and work inPARADISE?

    🇸🇭😱☠️❌🆘

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ok, I got it.
    What I don’t get is… do we have a plan to reopen the island?
    When we will be able to leave the prison so we can come and go?

    • Anonymous says:

      No time soon. Possibly the end of 2021 going by other countries current indicators , but that could also mean early 2022 , or later. I think next year is out though.
      It all swings on the U.S. getting its virus spread under control , the same for the U.K.
      Locally , that could also go for Jamaica ,Cuba, Honduras , as gateway airline origins /destinations.
      Hence the narrative of testing for Covid prior to travel and at interim arrival day , + 5/7 and 14 day periods following & abolishing the current 16 day quarantine/isolation waiting for a negative. This might instill some confidence in travelers and local health authorities, as well as get some tourism off to a start again. Current situation is not tenable , for anyone.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Who is advising this Government? Slokey? Even he would have better sense than this. God rest his soul.

    This government has to go before they destroy us any further. Nothing but a bunch of idiots who get up every morning and come up with these foolish schemes without even thinking of the consequences..then again maybe they do..

    Caymanians do we not have a say anymore? Do we need to start protesting in the streets like the States? I hope that we are never driven to that in my life time but boy am I getting really fed up with these people. The next Government needs to pass a recall vote law. We cannot any longer wait four years to get rid of some of these corrupt and inept politicians. I will support any candidate that puts that in their referendum..

    • Anonymous says:

      You despicable runt come back on here talking about a dearly departed family member.

      RIP Uncle S❤️

  11. Anonymous says:

    Every Tom, Dick and Harry that has a recruiting firm or similar are all over social media advertising Cayman like it was a fresh French whore. Why has our government allowed us to look like this to the world?

    Selling our soul to the highest bidder..All you need to have is $100K and you can come live here for $1230 a year. What the hell? Doesn’t Alden and Moses know that even many of the entry level people in the financial industry make $100k. This is just another means to permanent residency and to avoid having to pay work permit fees. Where is Roy on this? Supposedly work permit fees is one of the pillars of the economy.. Why is he throwing it away?

    If we don’t get rid of this government soon we will have nothing left..

    • Anonymous says:

      The voices of ignorance commenting on this article are unbelievable. How in God’s name would a recruiting firm make money out of this????

      • Anonymous says:

        Well there is still a filing and most provide relocation services…anyway they’re advertising and wouldn’t be unless they’re making something…you’re an idiot.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Open up commercial flights and everything normalizes in 3 months. The gov can use the money that would otherwise be borrowed to invest in protecting our vulnerable.

    We’re slow learners but eventually we will learn.

    • Anonymous says:

      But that means that people who were going to die anyway will die. And most of us will live and have jobs. Until we die too. Just like before the big Covid scare. Only deep thinkers will be comfortable with this.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The fee is a joke! “Open the sector to rich visitors” We pay more in work permit fees! They get the privilege of living in the Cayman paradise leaving the pandemic mess everywhere else in the world. Their fee should be 5,000 to 10,000 per year. And converted to CI 80,000 income per year is “rich”?

    • Anonymous says:

      Rich by the standard of most under and unemployed caymanians thanks to Alden.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t worry, hardly any will come even if it’s free. People like to come and go and they aren’t as scared in most places as we are here. They’ve accepted having to live as normal as possible with this virus until there’s a vaccine or better therapeutics or indefinitely for that matter.

      • Not Rich says:

        I would apply. I come to Cayman several times a year (in a normal year) and am a property owner. I would like the option of staying more than 30 days at a time without the bureaucratic hassle. I have no plans to live in Cayman or pursue PR. A family income of 200K in the States is NOT wealthy, but it’s wealthy enough to spend a ton of money on island. Cayman seems to be polarizing over expats, a byproduct i suspect of cynical politics (as if there’s any other kind). I wonder if expat hate is part of why people are so opposed to this.

        • Anonymous says:

          Fine, but this is to attract non-property owning visitors (Not you) and it is questionable whether there are any who want to come under the present circumstances. It’s an open invitation to work permit abuse in the financial area.

          • Anonymous says:

            That is why this is so utterly sad. This will be an utter failure as no one will put themselves in a position where:

            1. 16 day quarantine- aka solitary confinement and having to pay $3000
            2. They can’t leave and return without going back to quarantine
            3. Their friends and family won’t be coming (visiting or otherwise) either with the current quarantine policy
            4. In addition to restrictive flight schedules this Global Citizen is going to be a bust for the purpose it has been proposed.
            5. The rest of the world has moved on; CV is just another precaution everyone has to put up with.

            On the other hand – property owners – you know the people that actually love CI so much that they purchased a home/condo there – that have been most likely coming to CI for decades – that have CNS as their home page…..those people have been just pining to come back. If CIG would simply allow property owners to come back and just be able to roam the grounds around their complexes (not quarantine inside them), if they can go to the pool and/or beach if available – the money would be pouring in.

            Alas, I know tis not to be.

    • Anonymous says:

      Interesting… I see some major commercial airlines flying to Cayman starting Jan. 9… what’s the plan, Cayman? Can you fill us in?

      • Anonymous says:

        Cayman does not make a plan until the day after it is needed. A pot filled with ignorance is still empty.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just scheduling for major airlines. This has been happening all summer/fall then they get canceled.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Haven’t we learned anything from the mess created by Cayman Enterprise City or Health City – both concepts were initially sold as having no impact on local business and operating completely outside of any other business in Cayman. Where are we today, CEC now allows “trading” and other financial services that are unregulated and often the subject of negative headlines for Cayman as a jurisdiction. The Health City model collapsed and they are now competing in the local health care market on a preferential basis. These Global Citizens will be no different, once here they will eventually be allowed to regularize their immigration status and join the queue for PR and Status.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Families???Where will the kids go to school? We’re already busting at the seams…

    • Anonymous says:

      Huh? They won’t be going to public schools (nor will anyone that can afford to avoid) so if they find a spot and pay for it what’s your problem? I can only assume you are planing to have a child in the near future and you’re worried about your spot? Calm down, it’ll be fine. Register them when they are born.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman International School. NOT bursting at the seams with the expansion.

      • Anonymous says:

        You mean The Dump school? Come, spend thousands, get educated, get cancer, spend thousands treating cancer, then finally relocate as far as you can from the Dump.

        • Anonymous says:

          You are so smart! Please don’t send your kids to that school. Instead send them to a government school. Where they learn how to be ignorant and live off of the government handouts. Don’t be one of the millions that will get cancer from going to a school that is close to the governments dump.

  16. Anonymous says:

    B A D I D E A

    This is opening up a can of worms and a major loss for the work permit income for the islands..there is no finite date for this to end and trust me there will be a lot of companies in the financial sector that will take advantage of this loop hole..

    At least increase the fees to match the work permit fees and make it level ground..

  17. Anonymous says:

    Guess who just cancelled their new hire permit applications??Every company in financial services.

  18. Anonymous says:

    have you noticed all the slime ball recruiters have a new offering?

  19. Anonymous says:

    CIG is like the fail army of governments.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you need to be earning over a certain amount or just have it in your account? How would they know if you were working remote or not? Do you have to guarantee a certain time period and what if you cut it short? No quarantine or geofencing with this? No restriction on what accommodation you choose?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Uh, does this mean no tourists for two more years? The few people this might benefit from this could do the same thing as tourists if they limit themselves to 6 months a year which is more than enough for most people. There must ne something else involved.

    • Anonymous says:

      Goodbye Cayman!

    • Anonymous says:

      Tourists can come in this way. Stay as long as they want and then book a flight out.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why would they?

        • Anonymous says:

          No quarantine, no geofencing, not expensive, pretend you are working remote and leave when you want. Divide the fee by the number of weeks you stay w/ out quarantine or bracelet freedom and it’s not a bad deal.

          • Anonymous says:

            There is still quarantine and you can’t leave when you want unless you want to take Cayman Air to Miami on a day and time they are flying. Why choose this when there are so many easier places to go?

            • Anonymous says:

              Thought quarantine was gone w/ this option. If not- useless option for a tourist who has $$ and time.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This appears to affect only non-property owning foreign rich people who want to come here and rent a place to hide out for months. Everyone else that comes already conducts their business at home via internet or phone. No one thinks that is any of Cayman’s business and they don’t ask permission to do it. Why would rich people come here to rent when there is almost no air transportation and their friends and relatives can’t easily visit? Prediction: work permits will drop like a rock in legal and finance. This is exactly the kind of thing they are trained to exploit and they have the most incentive.

  22. Bertie : B says:

    Global Citizen = Rich like Pablo Escobar type Global Citizen ? The Global ahem Citizens will bring in all their Global compatriots , one way or another . Global Citizen my arse .

    • Anonymous says:

      Gotta love the fact that Pablo Escobar would seem qualify if he applied, and according to the regulations (the end of Regulation 3), the Director of WORC would not even have the power to deny the application.

  23. Anonymous says:

    pie in the sky waffle…

  24. Anonymous says:

    There is absolutely NO WAY to monitor the type of work done remotely, what stops the financial sector or any sector from using this as away to not hire Caymanians or give residents jobs?

    For one $1,230 for 12 months you could closeup shop and redeploy your employiws as Global Citzens.

    I guess government has a tracker for that too?

    • Anonymous says:

      Huh?

    • Anonymous says:

      @12:42 you are absolutely correct! There will be NO monitoring to ensure this is not abused and we all know it will be. Like CEZ, this is just a back door to get foreign workers here and bypass the work permit process. I see many of these so called “global citizens” applying and receiving PR in 7 years.

      This is going to be a disaster for young Caymanians completing their tertiary education and hoping to make a decent living in their own country. The good jobs are already handed out to the swarm of permit holders and this will make the situation even worse.

  25. Anonymous says:

    So instead of paying my 20 fund accountants $15k permits..I’m going to re-employ my staff through my Dublin office to do the administration of my Cayman funds remotely from their Cayman apartments. Ireland taxes based on residency, not citizenship, so my employees are in same place and I save $300k per year. I can save even more on my fund Directors!

    • Hubert says:

      You got it bang on 11:23. Wonder why no one in CIG understands what you and others are going to do?

    • Anonymous says:

      Shame on you for thinking ahead of some of the unintended consequences. We don’t do that here.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are correct.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just open a BVI company to employ them all to work from home in Cayman. This is going to be great! If you hurry you get a refund on the permits you already have.

    • Bingo says:

      Exactly, and they won’t have to imprison themselves for 16 days either! What a bonus!

    • Okay, but... says:

      Except your employees need to leave after two years and the time doesn’t count for PR etc.

      Presumably they already have an immigration file and you need to cancel the WP first, then chance that your staff accept what you want them to do for no added remuneration and you risk that the Global Citizen doesn’t get approved as they are already in the system with WORC and Border Control.

      Other than that it is a brilliant plan…

      • Anonymous says:

        ahh they won’t have to leave…you’ll just give them another permit at that time…and it sounds like global citizen is even easier so no worries there…
        So how about new hires…no new position permit revenue and definitely no new position being offered to Caymanians.
        but hey let me guess…this was your brain child right….MORON

      • Anonymous says:

        So this sounds like someone at WORC or CIG who believes work permit renewals are guaranteed once issued. Caymanians are hooped with these idiots incharge.

      • Anonymous says:

        And he have to be paying them )100k plus.

    • Anonymous says:

      They gave people concerned with tourism the keys to our work permit regime. Soon the ratio of foreign workers outside tourism is going to be the same as inside tourism. I’m getting me some popcorn.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ireland is going into full lockdown tomorrow. Today they had a record number of deaths from coronavirus. We are nowhere near out of the woods on COVID no matter what Trump says.

    • Anonymous says:

      11.23am just as certain law firms not renewing work permit here cos person working from home in other jurisdiction where company does not even have an office. One Caymanian replacement job gone!

  26. Great idea, but.... says:

    I’m all for this and I think its a great idea. My only fear is that these “Global Citizens” will not be thoroughly vetted, and we run the risk of inviting people that foment the type of social discord that is currently destroying societies in other countries. A person’s wealth and financial success does not provide any insight into that person’s willingness to be a positive member of our society. Wealth does not indicate that the person is a good person.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because those in high office are such good people too? I look at the speaker chair….

      • Great idea, but.... says:

        No where in my comment did I indicate that I believe that our government officials have our best interests at heart. So I don’t understand where your comment is coming from.

  27. SMH says:

    Seems very cheap and cheerful for people that will come here and eventually apply for work permits to stay long term particularly when there are many locals already out of work. SMH

  28. Dumb n Dumber says:

    Thanks for welcoming the second wave of covid 19 to our shores. I can see this lot inviting cruise ships next!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Another failed mission by Alden Moses Joey Roy Tara Julianna and Dwayne. This will not help the economy at all when catering to the average North American. How does it help Caymanians?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hun I hate to tell you but this is not only for North Americans. What are you thinking?? This would be open to all countries worldwide.

    • Anonymous says:

      By ensuring properties stay rented so mortgages can be paid while supporting property values.

      By providing customers for bars and taxis and restaurants and grocery stores, so they can survive.

      By providing indirect employment to hundreds of people here, including a great many Caymanians.

      The idea is a good one.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s odd how locals see foreigners as extractive. There isn’t coal being mined or forests being cut. Every expatriate essentially is bringing in USD that would not otherwise be there and should be welcome

        • Mangrove warrior says:

          Actually there are lot of mangroves being cut to make space for large amount of new developments and subdivision. Just look at South Sound, specifically Emerald Sound!

      • Anonymous says:

        By the time this gets off the ground (no retail flights in the air until…?) the concerned businesses you mention will already be in the black. It will also bankrupt the gov’t who will have invested in a failed undertaking by pursuing unchartered territory without an independent business plan where we are competing with a host of other countries for digital nomads. As an offshore business centre we should be reinventing an offering of a more unique product. What happened to ‘rebranding’ Cayman?

        • Anonymous says:

          Rebrand Cayman for what it really is. A destination for single professionals and families and not the real wealthy. The real wealthy go elsewhere. Lower the prices of your hotels to equal what they really are (3 -4 star), lower restaurant and drink prices, work on nightly entertainment that is more than sitting at a bar( think Harbour nights Bermuda, boat cruises for family, live music,sporting events, casino?) & a trolley or shuttle that runs up and down 7mb. Offer travel deals and open up your border w/ pre- test in advance, test at airport, test on day 5 of trip.

      • Anonymous says:

        @12:34
        By reducing work permit fees over the long term.
        By taking advantage of a beautiful loophole to take local jobs.
        By adding to our overpopulation and traffic problems.

        This idea is a bad one!

    • Anonymous says:

      You have nothing to worry about. The “average” North American isn’t going to be beating a path to your island to be crammed in a hotel room for 16 days. And, there is nothing average about the cost of living in CI – it is really expensive.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Can their children go to school here?

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