Pirates’ Week Festivities began in the air

| 03/12/2009

(CNS): For visitors to the Cayman Islands during Pirate’s Week, the festivities began in the air on Cayman Airways, and continued on the ground at Owen Roberts International Airport. As a major sponsor of the festival, CAL rolled out a new welcome campaign for visitors flying in for Pirate’s Week. CAL customers were greeted upon check-in and boarding in Miami by staff clad in pirate gear. Additionally, a few lucky passengers on select flights won prizes from participating Cayman restaurants and on-island attractions if they were seated in the “Captain’s seat of the day”. (Capt. Terrence of Pirates Week Welcome campaign and Caren Thompson-Palacio of CIAA)

The National Festival Welcoming Committee extended this festive welcome to visitors upon their arrival at Owen Roberts International Airport. Visitors were greeted by the committee with welcoming treats, rum punch, and festival details, all in the spirit of creating a great first impression.

Cayman Airways also supported the festival by bringing the entertainers to our shores, namely the Bajan Invasion Band, Fab 5, Shurwayne Winchester, and Oscar B.

“The National Festival has been truly blessed this year with like-minded individuals who love this annual festival, support it wholeheartedly and above all has an interest in the different ways that we can also develop and grow the island’s tourism as a whole. Olivia Scott-Ramirez and the team at Cayman Airways supported our vision and enhanced it. Caren Thompson-Palacio and the team at CIAA, Immigration and Custom at the Owen Roberts International Airport are equally as supportive and encouraged the idea of creating a positive impression for our visitors. Everyone provided great support and enthusiasm towards making this festival a resounding success,” announced Casandra Hibbert, National Festival Director.

Cayman Airways has supported and been involved in Pirate’s Week since its inception, and this year we are very excited to be part of the many new programmes and initiatives, including the introduction of some of our own!” announced Cayman Airways Acting CEO Fabian Whorms.

Remarking on the involvement of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, Caren Thompson-Palacio, remarked, “We are delighted to partner with the Pirates Week Committee to ensure that visitors are given a special welcome and invitation to participate in the National Festival. The Welcome Tent outside the Arrivals Hall allowed visitors to learn more about the myriad of activities that will be taking place across all three islands and to impart an appreciation for the historical significance of the Festival. We are pleased to lend our support to Casandra and her team and wish them much success in hosting this year’s Festival.”

The National Festival would like to thank Cayman Airways, the CIAA, Immigration, Customs, Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Society, Hungry Horse Restaurant, the Welcoming Committee and all volunteers who worked diligently to ensure that the Tourism Welcoming Campaign was a success.

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