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Pandemic trims pirate party

Pandemic trims pirate party

| 22/10/2020 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Not even pirates have escaped the long arm of COVID-19. While this year’s Pirates Week Festival has not been completely lost at sea, the sails have been trimmed on the party. Officials said that the 43rd annual festival, entitled ‘Cay-munity’ sums up the Cayman Islands’ response to every challenge this year. The event kicks […]

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Global Citizen launch conflicts with travel rules

Global Citizen launch conflicts with travel rules

| 22/10/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The Global Citizen initiative to woo rich, working visitors for a two-year stay was formally launched yesterday, but it seems the programme is in conflict with the current inbound travel rules. The categories of people who may enter the Cayman Islands are still restricted to Caymanians, residents, workers, students, property owners and relatives, and […]

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Rules released for ‘global citizens’

Rules released for ‘global citizens’

| 20/10/2020 | 119 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 […]

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Travellers can book inward flights before clearance

Travellers can book inward flights before clearance

| 15/10/2020 | 76 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the new authority dealing with incoming travellers have released details of the evolving process for those wanting to enter the Cayman Islands during this first phase of the border reopening. It now appears that the list of approved travellers can book flights before receiving clearance from the TravelCayman team, as the number […]

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OfReg proposes new CORE rate for green power

OfReg proposes new CORE rate for green power

| 15/10/2020 | 14 Comments

(CNS): OfReg has proposed that CUC customers who are part of the power company’s green energy programme will receive just over 13 cents per kWh for the newly transferred allocation of 1-megawatt of capacity. This tranche of potential power provision is being moved from the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) programme to the Customer-Owned Renewable Energy […]

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Travelling blues with TravelCayman

Travelling blues with TravelCayman

| 14/10/2020 | 81 Comments

So I am flying tomorrow, Thursday, on the British Airways flight back to Cayman. It’s 10:45pm at night in the UK and I still don’t have the letter clearing us to travel. They are waiting on a signature on the letters, I assume from someone high in authority. I was told we would get the […]

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Consultation on financial sector bills ‘a charade’

Consultation on financial sector bills ‘a charade’

| 14/10/2020 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The financial services community is raising concerns that continuing changes to laws governing the sector are making Cayman less competitive. Industry experts are also accusing government of “a charade” and not fully engaging with them about the impact. Government has recently released a swathe of bills aimed at increasing oversight of records held by […]

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Gov’t still cautious over resort ‘bubbles’

Gov’t still cautious over resort ‘bubbles’

| 13/10/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): The recent scare of a potential re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community has further fuelled government’s hesitancy over the concept of resort ‘bubbles’ as a way to kick-start the tourism sector. Premier Alden McLaughlin outlined at a recent press briefing the dilemma he feels the government faces over trying to protect the people of […]

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TravelCayman struggling with demand

TravelCayman struggling with demand

| 12/10/2020 | 158 Comments

(CNS): The transition to the new system handling those wishing to return or visit Cayman has not gone smoothly. TravelCayman is also struggling to cope with the increase in demand from property owners and others with connections to the island who want to visit. CNS has heard numerous complaints from people who have spent hours […]

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TravelCayman in political no man’s land

TravelCayman in political no man’s land

| 09/10/2020 | 101 Comments

(CNS): Government has created a new team to manage and clear the arrival of all categories of people allowed to return or enter the Cayman Islands, but it is not clear which ministry is now responsible. For the last six months the Ministry of International Trade, Aviation and Maritime Affairs has been working outside of […]

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Global citizen idea still not detailed

Global citizen idea still not detailed

| 07/10/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Plans to create a special category of visitor that would, government hopes, inject much needed life into the COVID-hit tourism sector have yet to be explained, but Premier Alden McLaughlin said Friday that the Global Citizenship Concierge Programme is in the final stages of approval. The broad idea is to allow overseas visitors to […]

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