New attractions, expanded airlift, strengthened room inventory, a renewed focus on destination marketing and numerous special events highlighted the 5th annual Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange, held on Grand Cayman May 7 to 9.

Post-Ivan room stock, as of mid-April, totaled 3,794 rooms on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman with the bulk (2,205) in hotels and the balance in condos, guesthouses and villas, according to numbers released at the event.

Pilar Bush, director of tourism, reported that hotel occupancies in January, February and March ran 58.7%, 71.3% and 79%, respectively.

Properties to remain closed on Grand Cayman include the Indies Suites, the Seaview Hotel, the North Point Condos, the Tarquynn Manor, the Treasure Island Resort, the Victoria House, the Beachcomber Condos, the Cayman Club, the Turtle Beach Villas and approximately 35 guesthouses.

The former Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman remains closed due to questions over ownership and insurance matters. However, the propertys 53 Beach Suites currently are open as the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Beach Suites.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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