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Grand Cayman will welcome Ritz-Carlton Oct. ‘05

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced the new opening date for its eagerly anticipated property in the Cayman Islands, the country’s first ever luxury hotel. The 365-room Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will open in October 2005 after experiencing a delay owning to Hurricane Ivan. The Residences at The Ritz- Carlton, Grand Cayman, 69 luxury condominiums adjacent to the Seven Mile Beach hotel, will open in June.The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is destined to become one of the region’s greatest resorts, offering an extraordinary array of world class golf, spa, dining, tennis and dive programs for the sophisticated traveller,” said Simon Cooper, president and chief operating officer. “As the Caribbean grows in popularity as a destination for luxury travellers, this resort will appeal to those visitors who expect nothing less than the best in service and surroundings.”

Originally scheduled to open in December 2004, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman suffered no structural damage during the hurricane. “We did not have a single window broken,” said Jean Cohen, vice president and general manager. “However, we are taking our time moving forward to ensure that our US$400 million resort has not been compromised in any way. We will welcome our guests to a world class facility on the Caribbean’s safest and most affluent island.”