Annadale Waterfall, Grenada

During the months of January 2019 -August 2019, visitors from neighbouring Caribbean islands accounted for 18 percent of the market share for Grenada’s tourist arrivals. In an effort to continue to promote Pure Grenada’s tourism offerings throughout the region, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched the “Something for Everyone” campaign. As the destination’s first exclusive regional multi-platform campaign, the initiative will showcase the diverse experiences neighbouring travellers can enjoy in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. “Grenada has so much to offer to our neighbours from the Caribbean. A quick flight over allows travellers from the region to experience a variety of offerings like culinary tours, hiking expeditions, diving excursions and more,” says Patricia Maher, CEO of the GTA. “Our goal for this campaign is to position our three islands Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique as the destination of choice, where there is indeed something for everyone, no matter your desired interests while on vacation.” Pure Grenada’s “Something for Everyone” campaign will focus on many of the destination’s niche offerings such as culinary, soft adventure, romance, leisure, and sailing experiences targeting a diverse audience including solo travellers, couples and families. The campaign will include several promotional videos which will be launched across the destination’s social media accounts as well as billboard campaigns, television and print advertising. For more information on Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean and the “Something for Everyone” campaign, visit or the destination’s social media accounts, @DiscoverGrenada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Nyyear Frank

A five-week-old boy is missing after he was reportedlystolen from his mother in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, according to the police. The missing infant has been identified asNyyearFrankof Hopewell district in St Andrewparish. Half Way Tree Police report that about 5pm, Nyyear’smother was walking with him along Rousseau Road in StAndrew when a motor car drove up with three men aboard. One of the men reportedly alighted from the vehicle and forced Nyyear and his mother into the motorcar, before taking the child from the mother andbooting the woman from the automobile. The men subsequently made their escape in the motor vehicle, according to the report. The Half Way Tree police, who are investigating the case,are urgently seeking the public’sassistance in finding the newborn. Anyone with information on the whereabouts ofNyyearFrank are being urgedto contact the Half Way Tree Police at 876-926-8184, Crime Stop at311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station. It is the latest in a series of kidnapping cases in the island. In arguably the most popular case, 28-year-oldPeta-Gay Ffrench was arrested when she attempted to register a missing infant at the RGD's offices in Kingston. Ffrench had weeks earlier snatched the child from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in the parish.

Following a competitive procurement process, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) has selected Kelly Scott Madison (KSM) as its new USagency of record for media planning and placement. The appointment will be effective immediately, starting October 2019. Based in Chicago, KSM is a media and marketing agency has worked with numerous travel, tourism, and destination-based organisations. As the destination’s main source market for visitation, continued growth in arrivals and awareness in the USleisure and business travel markets remains a key strategic priority for the CIDOT. “The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is tasked by the government to distinguish our beautiful island nation as the best choice for a world-class Caribbean getaway, while engaging potential travellers and ultimately deploying a successful marketing plan to convert this awareness into confirmed bookings,” Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism said. “By working with innovative agency partners, we are able to be bold in our communications and marketing strategies as we move the Cayman Islands tourism business towards new initiatives that will achieve positive results and sustained growth. With KSM at the helm of our marketing and media planning, we are confident in our latest approach." This development emerges among a number of positive developments in Cayman Islands tourism, including record-breaking tourism numbers and the announcement of a new wellness campaign.

Mare Forum keynote speaker, Honourable Joey Hew, The Minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure

The Mare Forum is a series of conferences thattake place across the world, attracting key players in the maritime and shipping industries. The forums provide a platform fordiscussions and debates relating to current and future issues pertaining to the sector. This year, the local event featured keynote speaker, HonourableJoey Hew, The Minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure. The high-profile symposium which took place on September 27 gave Minister Hew a platform to stress that the Cayman Islands is open for business and will continue to grow the portfolio of mega yachts that operate under the Cayman Red Standard. “A huge cross-section of powerful industry voices came together at this prestigious forum to share views and debate business strategy alongside policy-makers,” Minister Hew explained. “Everyone from yacht owners to maritime lawyers, marine equipment manufacturers and industry regulators is able to voice an opinion. This makes it a highly useful exercise for us to participate in, as we seek to maintain our position at the forefront of this important industry.” The Cayman Islands has the top-rated shipping registry in the world, with the most experienced staff of the flag states in the yachting industry. An efficient registration system and competitive pricing structure, coupled with highly-specialised service providers, contribute to the Cayman Islands being the preferred choice for discerning ship owners. In his speech, Minister Hew noted that the Cayman Islands is continually updating legislation and introducing innovations, which enhance safety. These also help to make the industry sustainable, by promoting improvements such as helping prevent pollution. He emphasised how the highly-skilled technical staff at the Registry have, for more than two decades, been involved in the majority of the largest new-build yacht projects in the world. Under the leadership of Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI), which falls under the remit of the Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs (MITIAMA), the Cayman Registry team is able to offer the best possible advice to owners and find actionable solutions to new yacht designs, without compromising on quality or safety. The Cayman Islands also recently qualified for continuance in the United States Coastguard’s Quality Shipping for the 21st Century (QUALSHIP 21) Programme for the ninth consecutive year. This programme identifies high-quality ships and flag states and to maintain the status, flag states have to meet the highest international requirements. The Cayman Islands is one of the very few flag states, which have managed to maintain their QUALSHIP 21 status consistently since 2011. While the Cayman Islands earns substantial fees from the work of the Shipping Registry, the abundance of luxury yachts that are registered in the Cayman Islands and fly the Red Standard further enhance the Islands’ global image.

With more than a fifth of total imports to the island falling into the food and beverage category it would come as no surprise to Caymanians that almost all food consumed on-island is imported. Given that imported foods (even in the case of fruit and vegetables) tend to be lower in nutritional content and are more commonly processed, a high reliance on imported foods is a public health issue, and is connected to a high prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases. Additionally, given the projected increase in climate change induced extreme weather events, it is strategically imperative to obtain as much food from local sources as possible. During the first quarter of 2019 (January thru March), the Cayman Islands spent more than $CI 56.4 million on food and beverages, which represented an increase of 3% over the same period in 2018. Imports of cereal and cereal preparations alone recorded an increase of approximately 38% during this period. More than 93% of all food and beverage imports were for household consumption and more than 72% of these imports were processed foods. To break it down further, this means that each Caymanian household consumed approximately $CI 2,200 in imported food during the first three months of 2019. A simple way to reduce these numbers is to consume locally grown produce. Although there was a modest decline in the imports of fruits and vegetables during the first quarter of 2019, the Cayman Islands continued to spend over $CI 13 million in produce originating from abroad. By way of example, in 2017 alone, local farmers harvested over 84,000 hectograms per hectare (Food and Agriculture Organization) yet the island continued to import over $CI 550,000 in tomatoes ( This presents a significant opportunity for enhanced food security. Residents and business must make conscious decisions to source locally and consume foods from known-sources. Cayman has in the vicinity of 300 local farmers and two regular farmer’s markets where they regularly sell their produce. With the number of registered local food establishments more than tripling over the past twenty years, amounting to 850 restaurants, cafes, diners, mobile food trucks and bed and breakfasts, the temptation to eat at commercial establishments is high. In most cases it is impossible to know the source of the ingredients of foods sold at restaurants. There are many opportunities to reduce reliance on food imports. More than 33% of all food purchases are wasted. Proactive measures to reduce this waste can make a significant dent in overall food expenditure. We all have a role to play in protecting Cayman’s future. Food security is not only a public health issue, it is an economic and national security issue and from an environmental perspective, reducing imports lowers our carbon footprint and conserves resources.

Panelists at “Mental Health Implications of Domestic Violence" symposium

World Mental Health Day was set up by the World Federation for Mental Health and takes place every year on October 10 with the goal of educating and raising awareness of mental health issues on a global scale. This year, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority in association with the Ministry of Health, Environment, Culture & Housing and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation hosted a symposium entitled “Mental Health Implications of Domestic Violence.” According to a recent news report, police allerts of domestic violence have quadrupled over the past five years, with a 124% increase in reports to the RCIPS between 2017 and 2018 alone. In 2018, 51 women and 42 children utilized the services of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre which was an all-time high for the non-profit. These numbers indicate thatthe taboo associated with seeking help hasdiminished significantly and not necessarily an increase in the amount of domestic violence taking place. The event which took place at the Harquail Theatre, featuring representation from non-profits such as the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre as well as private psychiatrists, explored the effects of violence in the home on individuals, families and the community. Dr. Hazel Browne, Cayman Islands’ Health Services Authority Chief Nursing Officer provided opening remarks, indicating that, “there is no linear approach to understanding mental health.” Mental health of individuals affects the family and the family impacts individuals’ mental health. The full day programme included presentations, panel discussions featuring mental health professionals and community stakeholders and a production of "Downside Up", the acclaimed play by Dr. Frank McField. At the final round-table discussion, there was a consensus that evidence of adult violent behaviour begins in childhood and that therapy does not just extend to women and children, but also to men. Oftentimes men are forced to address their violent behaviour upon entry into the criminal justice system. Issues surrounding suicide were also addressed. Over a third of Cayman students have reported that they have seriously considered attempting suicide, representing an increase of 15% over the past decade (2018 Cayman Islands Student Drug Use survey). According to Dr. Mark Lockhart, who attended the event as a guest, this year’s theme “Suicide Prevention” is highly fitting in the Cayman Islands context. The Crisis Centre operates a 24-hour helpline for victims at 943-2422, and a Kids Helpline for young people to report abuse or speak to an adult at 649-5437, as well as an emergency shelter.