Archive for November, 2016

Schwarzenegger to star at Cayman investment conference

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be visiting the Cayman Islands in February 2017 as the keynote speaker for the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit (CAIS).

The American-Austrian action movie star and former California governor, Schwarzenegger left politics in 2011 but he continues to be an advocate of sustainable energy and was a leading voice at the Paris climate conference last year.

When he comes to Cayman, Schwarzenegger will join what organisers of the CAIS”.

Other special guest speakers are Mark and Scott Kelly, twin astronauts who are helping NASA study the impact of long-duration space flight; George Whitesides, the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline; Mike Abrashoff, a former Navy general famed for transforming the worst-performing ship in the Navy’s Pacific Fleet into the best-performing ship; and David McWilliams, a renowned Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist.

Cayman to have another great year for tourists

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

At the end of September almost 300,000 overnight guests had already visited Cayman this year, setting the tourism sector on track for another great year.

2015 was the best year since the Department of Tourism began keeping official records and this year is likely to come very close to those numbers. Speaking at the Cayman Islands Tourism Showcase 2016, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said that he believed the numbers in 2016 will exceed the 385,378 guests that came to Cayman Islands in 2015.

There were breaking arrivals for June and July, so Kirkconnell said the “tremendous growth” in the sector is continuing despite fierce competition. According to him, the government of the Cayman Islands had to keep the tourism momentum going as the economy is still heavily dependent on the sector, which provides some 12,000 jobs, or a quarter of the labour force.

The minister also spoke about the progress on the enhancement of the airport, which, in contrast to the cruise port, has much broader support across the entire community.

CIIPO promotes intellectual rights in US

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Officials from the Cayman Islands Intellectual Property Office (CIIPO) are heading to Florida, US, in order to promote the country’s new regime.

According to Deputy Registrar General Donnell Dixon, the invitation to the International Trade mark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting emphasized how important Cayman is in this market, despite only just having passed a slate of new laws. More than 1,200 intellectual property (IP) experts will take part in the meeting “to promote Cayman’s IP framework to some of the leading minds in the industry”.

He said: “The timing of this gathering is phenomenal as the Legislative Assembly just passed a new trade marks law, revised patents law, and new design rights legislation in October that will encourage more international companies to do business in Cayman”.

CIIPO announced Cayman’s IP protections at INTA’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, only in May, so receiving the invitation less than 6 months later “speaks volumes to CIIPO’s significance in the minds of brand owners from major corporations”, he added.