The Cayman Islands were ravaged by a Hurricane not previously seen
in more than 80 years. The largest of its trio of islands, Grand Cayman,
suffered the most dramatic loss where the damage was significant and many
inhabitants were left temporarily homeless. As efforts quickly turn from
relief to recovery to rebuilding on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little
Cayman, the famed “Sister Islands,” are open for business.
The Sister Islands, known for their world-class diving, majestic nature
tourism features and its tranquil atmosphere, have historically
complemented Grand Cayman’s busy charm.
In the aftermath of Ivan, they
continue as the flagships of the Cayman Islands tourism industry “While
Grand Cayman is busy cleaning up and rebuilding, both Cayman Brac and
Little Cayman are busy welcoming visitors and accommodating re-located
residents for much needed rest and relaxation” said Pilar Bush, Acting
Director of Tourism. “With the availability of hotels and condos on the
Sister Islands, a modest but effective international air schedule into
Grand Cayman and reliable inter-island air service, the Cayman Islands is
able and willing to receive guests on two of its three islands,” she
Hurricane Ivan did leave minimal damage to some of the resorts on the
Sister Islands. Little Cayman Beach Resort Paradise Villas, Southern Cross
Club and Pirates Point Resort on Little Cayman reported damages to some
rooms and property facilities and are currently being repaired and will be
completely open in late October.
Cayman Brac’s properties - Brac Caribbean and Carib Sands, Brac Reef
Beach Resort, Divi Tiara Beach Resort and Cayman Breakers reported light
damage, but are open for business.
“We are all pleased that Government of the Cayman Islands and the
Immigration Department have lifted travel restrictions to the Sister
Islands, as we are ready to receive guests,” stated Moses Kirkconnell,
Director of Marketing for Cayman Airways.