Cayman Islands rolls out cash-bonus plan

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- To bolster tourism to the Cayman Islands this year, the destination launched Cayman Rewards, a cash-bonus, incentive program for travel agents in conjunction with its new H2Go! Find Your Element campaign.

In addition, several new Web sites dealing with the destination are helpful as sales tools.

The Cayman Rewards program, which is valid on bookings through October for travel through December, is aimed at individual travel agents and their agencies and is geared to the volume of bookings.

Through the program, the agent and agency selling the most trips each month (the minimum number of bookings is 20) win $500 each, plus lunch for the agency. Second-place (the minimum number of bookings is 10) earns the agent and agency $250 each, plus lunch.

Agents must register on line at www.caymanrewards.com and visit the site weekly through Oct. 31 to enter their latest booking information. Registered agents also are eligible for monthly prizes.

The H2Go! campaign contains a My Element discount card offering savings of up to $1,100 per couple on attractions, water sports and restaurants.

Most hotels in Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman offer special rates; the minimum-stay requirement is three nights. Travel is valid through October. Details can be viewed at www.caymanislands.ky.

For the statistically-minded, a Tourism Statistics Information Centre was launched this spring at www.caymanislands.ky/statistics. This site includes information on visitor arrivals and hotel occupancies.

Other new Web sites include:

• Cayman Brac introduced its official nature Web site at www.naturecayman.com. Kenny Ryan, district commissioner, said the site is "designed to encourage nature tourism in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

"We want to educate potential tourists about the area and invite them to visit," Ryan said. The Little Cayman section will go live this summer.

The site includes photographs, bird-watching and diving information, reports from locals, trip-planning suggestions and island news and events. Visitors to the site also can register to win a week's vacation.

• The Cayman Turtle Farm launched a redesign of its Web site at www.turtle.ky. The site features the history of the farm, information on turtles and the turtle release program, scientific research, a photo gallery, virtual tours and an online store.

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