GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Kids get the red carpet treatment
here for a few more weeks.
Until Sept. 5, children under 12 years of age fly free on Cayman
Airways, and stay, eat and play for free at most hotels and
For the second year in a row, the Department of Tourism linked
two of its programs targeted primarily at families.
Phil San Filippo, sales and marketing director, said the goal is
to persuade parents that the Cayman Islands is an affordable and
"Once they experience this aspect of the Cayman Islands, we are
confident they will return even when their kids are teenagers," he
Chillin 'n Cayman, the off-season promotion introduced four
years ago, is valid through Dec. 15 and features a three-tier
pricing structure for hotels and condominiums.
A key benefit of the program is a value-added card which entitles
visitors to 10% discounts at participating restaurants; 20% on car
rentals, fishing and water sports, and 25% on attractions and
Special air fares are also offered by 18 participating U.S.
wholesalers this year.
According to San Filippo, "the promotion has caught on. Agents
actually have clients requesting the Chillin package by name
A component of the Kids Free program includes a Cayman Kid's Cup
that entitles each child under age 12 to a free drink at
participating restaurants and facilities.
"The 'bottomless' cup is the official signal to properties that
the young guest is a VIP," San Filippo said.
Cayman Airways offers discounted fares from Miami, Orlando and
Tampa, Fla., gateways during the promotion.
For each full-fare adult passenger, one child under 12 flies for
free. Bookings must be made by Sept. 5 to take advantage of the
A wide range of properties is participating in the Kids Free
campaign, from condomiums with fully-equipped kitchens along Seven
Mile Beach to small hotels and inns.
Certain larger hotels, such as the Marriott, Hyatt Regency and
the Westin Casuarina, offer evening babysitting services for a
Both Hyatt's Camp Hyatt and Westin's Camp Scallywag offer kids'
programs and field trips.
As for playing for free, kids have a variety of beaches on which
to build sand castles, collect shells and snorkel in shallow
Attractions such as Stingray City offer free snorkeling gear to
children accompanied by a parent.
Children under age 12, accompanied by parents, are admitted free
of charge to the Cayman Turtle Farm.
Tanks of green sea turtles -- 15,000 in all -- enable visitors
to see the different stages of turtle development from newborns to
A special tank contains turtles waiting for their 15 minutes of
fame. Visitors can pose with them for photographs.
Kids Free and Chillin 'n Cayman
Phone: Cayman Airways Holidays at