Tag: Moses Kirkconnell

CIG cuts deal for port with cruise lines

CIG cuts deal for port with cruise lines

| 02/12/2018 | 94 Comments

(CNS): Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corporation have both made financial commitments towards the Cayman Islands’ controversial cruise berthing project, government has revealed. The tourism ministry said it is now in a position to issue the final tender documents to the shortlisted bidders, only one of which is partnered with the two cruise lines. Officials said that […]

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CAL boss insists new planes will save cash

CAL boss insists new planes will save cash

| 27/11/2018 | 90 Comments

(CNS): The chief executive officer of Cayman Airways Ltd, Fabian Whorms, has defended the airline’s decision to acquire four new planes, despite its significant debt and the need for millions of dollars in cash injections from the public purse to keep the airline going. Whorms told Finance Committee last week that the fleet had to […]

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Stay-over guest spend grows as cruise cash falls

Stay-over guest spend grows as cruise cash falls

| 19/11/2018 | 57 Comments

(CNS): The tourism minister has revealed more information that demonstrates the increasing value to the economy of overnight tourism, contrasting with a drop in the value of cruise visitors. In a statement to the Legislative Assembly on Friday about the continued record-breaking visitor arrival numbers at both the port and the airport, Moses Kirkconnell said […]

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Minister: Cruise lines to provide port cash

Minister: Cruise lines to provide port cash

| 14/11/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has suggested that the cruise lines will be financing the development of the proposed cruise pier facility and cargo expansion in George Town, if the project goes ahead, regardless of which of the three groups of bidders is selected to undertake the development. During an exchange of parliamentary questions in […]

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Minister avoids cruise issue at tourism showcase

Minister avoids cruise issue at tourism showcase

| 18/10/2018 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Speaking to an audience of industry stakeholders who sell the Cayman Islands tourism brand around the world on Tuesday, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell promoted the destination’s pristine underwater experience, but avoided mentioning the planned destruction of it with the proposed cruise project. Kirkconnell only referred to the controversial cruise port and cargo project in […]

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Premier: Cruise opposition political

Premier: Cruise opposition political

| 10/10/2018 | 124 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that while there may be a few people genuinely concerned about the environment, the majority of those opposing his government’s proposed cruise berthing project and calling for a referendum are politically motivated — a claim that may soon be tested if there is a referendum. Speaking on Radio Cayman on […]

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Absence of DoE stumps minister’s panel

Absence of DoE stumps minister’s panel

| 27/09/2018 | 193 Comments

(CNS): Many questions posed by the public at Wednesday night’s meeting about the controversial cruise berthing facility related to the environment, as well as who is bidding and who is paying. But the panel assembled by the tourism ministry were, in many cases, stumped by the questions. In a meeting lasting five hours, dozens of […]

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Ministry claims vote will sink cruise port

Ministry claims vote will sink cruise port

| 26/09/2018 | 117 Comments

(CNS): Hours before Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell is set to host a public meeting in George Town about the government’s controversial cruise port project, the ministry is pushing back against the growing public demand for national vote on the proposal, claiming that a referendum, whatever the result, will curtail the entire project. In responses to […]

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Port poll activists angered by pro-lobby

Port poll activists angered by pro-lobby

| 24/09/2018 | 156 Comments

(CNS): The activists campaigning for a people-initiated referendum to enable a national vote on the government’s plans to embark on a costly and controversial cruise berthing project in George Town were angered this weekend when pro-port enthusiasts labeled the petition for the referendum as a ‘no’ to the project. Although many activists are opposed to […]

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Ministry to hold public meeting on cruise port

Ministry to hold public meeting on cruise port

| 20/09/2018 | 92 Comments

(CNS): Five years after the government had its last full public meeting dedicated to the cruise berthing project, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has said on his Facebook page that he will be hosting a meeting next Wednesday about the project. In the face of public concerns about the project, government has claimed that it has […]

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Mega ships are red herring in cruise project

Mega ships are red herring in cruise project

| 17/09/2018 | 198 Comments

(CNS): A list of cruise ships that will be delivered to the cruise lines over the next ten years, compiled by industry experts Seatrade Cruise, reveals that only 15 of more than 100 ships in the pipeline will carry more than 5,000 passengers. The document indicates that many of the leading cruise lines, such as […]

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